2018 Annual Report – Internet Watch Foundation
Added: 30/04/2019 at 7:30 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding
The 2018 IWF Annual Report (published on 25 April 2019) provides the latest data and trends on what’s happening globally to tackle child sexual abuse images and videos online. ‘Once upon a year’ features a true story about a child called Olivia whose rape and sexual torture is seen daily online by our dedicated team of analysts.
Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety
Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:42 am Category: Diversity, Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety
Families of children with disabilities often use the Internet as a key tool to keep them informed about their legal rights, appropriate treatments and services that might be available for their families. Parents often seek advice and support from online networking groups and forums and these can help us shape our plans for ensuring our children get the support they need.
This guide outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do. This guide also suggests some resources that will help children get the most out of the Internet at home and in the community. The guide will present some case studies of actual experiences people with learning disabilities and autism have had online and learning points that can be taken from these experiences.
Life in Likes
Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:21 am Category: Online Safety
This Children’s Commissioner’s report on the effects of social media on 8-to-12-year-olds examines the way children use social media and its effects on their wellbeing. ‘Life in Likes’ fills a gap in research showing how younger children use platforms which social media companies say are not designed for them. Whilst most social media sites have an official age limit of 13 years, some research has suggested ¾ of 10-to-12 year olds have a social media account.
Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse
Added: 18/05/2018 at 7:08 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding
A new study by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has revealed shocking statistics on children being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones.
Online Gaming: A guide for Parents and Carers (Childnet)
Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:43 am Category: Online Safety
Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them. A PDF fact sheet is available to download here that covers how games are played, what the risks are, how to keep children safe, etc.
Skin gambling: teenage Britain’s secret habit (Parentzone)
Added: 23/07/2018 at 8:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety
This research began because one young person told us he thought skin gambling was a problem. It turned out he was not alone. Two in five young people who know about it agree. We share their concern. Our investigation has uncovered a complicated ecosystem of games, sites and services that knowingly and unknowingly facilitate gambling with virtual currencies. With the help of young gamers, we have learnt that in-game purchases and rewards can easily be used to gamble, and that young people have enterprising ways to fund gambling activity.
So You Got Naked Online
Added: 28/03/2018 at 10:31 am Category: Online Safety
A resource that offers children, young people and parents advice and strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents. With help and advice for young people who may find themselves in a situation where they or a friend have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over who it’s being shared with.
Staying safe online (National Autistic Society)
Added: 16/10/2018 at 2:55 pm Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding
Online article covering some of the benefits and risks of being online:
• Not understanding what other people mean
• Becoming obsessive
• Being vulnerable to bullying or abuse
• Misuse of money