Online Safety – News

16/01/2019: YouTube bans dangerous or harmful pranks

YouTube clips that depict dangerous or emotionally distressing “pranks” have been banned from the platform. The move comes in response to so-called “challenges” that have sometimes resulted in death or injury. The Google-owned video sharing site said such material had “no place on YouTube”. However, the firm appears to be failing to enforce its existing rules on harmful content.

Source: BBC

05/01/2019: Depression in girls linked to higher use of social media

Girls’ much-higher rate of depression than boys is closely linked to the greater time they spend on social media, and online bullying and poor sleep are the main culprits for their low mood, new research reveals. As many as three-quarters of 14-year-old girls who suffer from depression also have low self-esteem, are unhappy with how they look and sleep for seven hours or less each night, the study found.

Source: Guardian

04/01/2019: Worry less about children’s screen use, parents told

There is little evidence screen use for children is harmful in itself, guidance from leading paediatricians says. Parents should worry less as long as they’ve gone through a checklist on the effect of screen time on their child, it says. While the guidance avoids setting screen time limits, it recommends not using them in the hour before bedtime.

Source: BBC

04/01/2019: The Guardian view on children and social media: a safeguarding failure by the state

Children’s use of social media and the internet is a problem. That doesn’t mean it should be stopped. The internet is at least as interesting and fun for children as it is for adults, and social media is a fact of life. While younger children should not be on platforms where 13 is the minimum age, it is neither practical nor desirable to imagine a world in which teenagers are prevented from accessing the platforms and messaging systems that the adults around them use to organise their lives.

Source: Guardian

04/01/2019: Screen time not intrinsically bad for children, say doctors

Spending time looking at screens is not intrinsically bad for children’s health, say the UK’s leading children’s doctors, who are advising parents to focus on ensuring their children get enough sleep, exercise and family interaction rather than clamping down on phones and laptops. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has produced the first guidance for parents on how long children should spend on their laptops and phones, which throws the ball firmly back into the parents’ court.

Source: Guardian

04/01/2019: How to set screen time limits for your children on iphones, android, computers, instagram and youtube

Parents and experts are increasingly concerned about the damage being done to children by spending too much time looking at screens. The latest warning comes from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which suggested that excessive use of screens could bring a whole host of negative outcomes for young people. That includes everything from bad sleep to the potential for cyber bullying, though the organisation warned that the damage might be overestimated.

Source: Independent

04/01/2019: Girls ‘suffer more depression linked to social media’

Teenage girls are twice as likely to show symptoms of depression linked to social media use as boys, according to new research. An extensive study by UCL researchers found that girls both spent more time on social media and were more vulnerable to its negative impacts.

Source: Times Education Supplement

17/12/2018: Fed-up teachers are quitting over classroom disruption from mobile phones and social media, report finds

Rowdy pupils are pushing exasperated teachers out of the profession, with mobile phones in the classroom fuelling ‘serious’ levels of disruption, a report claims. Almost two-thirds of teachers say they have considered abandoning their career because of poor behaviour, and that mobile phones and access to social media in the classroom ‘are a particular problem’.

Source: Daily Mail

14/12/2018: Harmful Sexual Behaviour survey

In the new year we will be developing a new Thinkuknow resource to help prevent negative sexual behaviour amongst young people. This can occur on a continuum, from ‘inappropriate’ to ‘problematic’ to ‘abusive’. It can occur in relationships and also within peer groups, and is also known as ‘Harmful Sexual Behaviour’ (HSB). Can you spare 10 – 15 minutes to tell us about your professional experiences related to this issue by completing our short survey? This will help us to understand what types of HSB are most prevalent, what is currently being done to tackle it and what you think will help prevent it. Your input will be crucial in helping us to make decisions around the type of resource we produce and its content. Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Source: CEOP

14/12/2018: Keeping your under 5 safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more and more time online. Within this article we highlight some of the benefits of young children accessing the internet, and share some key advice about how to make sure your child has a positive and safe experience online.

Source: CEOP

14/12/2018: How you can keep young people safer online over the Christmas period … and beyond!

No doubt you’ll be working with a young person who has asked for some form of technology that links to the internet for Christmas, be it a new smartphone, tablet or games console. While their device will provide them with hours of entertainment, it can also present new risks. Here are four steps you can take to make sure that young people are safer online over the Christmas period and beyond.

Source: CEOP

13/12/2018: Loneliness: Does being online help or make it worse?

Does going online make you feel more or less lonely? That’s what we want to know, after results from a survey by Girlguiding show that girls have different opinions about this. The figures, revealed exclusively by Newsround, show that 15% of seven to 10-year-olds said they feel that being online and comparing their life to others can contribute to feelings of loneliness. One in three 11 to 16-year-olds felt the same.

Source: BBC Newsround

11/12/2018: Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse. In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help. The BBC also found the apps had problems dealing with eating disorders and drug use. The Children’s Commissioner for England said the flaws meant the chatbots were not currently “fit for purpose” for use by youngsters.

Source: BBC

11/12/2018: Twitch audience soars amid child protection concerns and worries about gaming addiction

Live-streaming service Twitch has increased its UK audience by 50% in the last year, Sky News has learned. Twitch, which is best known as a place to watch and chat about gaming, has enjoyed a year of huge growth as audiences for traditional TV remained stagnant. The firm recently announced that, on average, more than one million people were on Twitch at any given moment, watching an average of 95 minutes per session.

Source: Sky

11/12/2018: Holidays, Toys and Tech: A checklist for parents and carers

Christmas holidays are almost here and connected toys are more enticing than ever. Before purchasing everything on your family wish list, you may want to thoughtfully consider the toys and tech that will create the right balance in your home. The Internet of Things and Toys is still relatively new, but the results are everywhere: intelligent heaters that warm up your home before you arrive, fitness trackers that beep when you’ve achieved your activity goal for the day, connected toys that can entertain your children for hours, Wi-Fi diapers and dummies, cribs with embedded iPad, wearable tech and more.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

11/12/2018: Three ways to engage parents in pupil wellbeing

A few weeks ago, South Hampstead High School made headlines after issuing a two-page contract to parents with guidance on tech use in the home. Although signing the contract was voluntary, the Daily Mail was quick to insist that the incident was evidence of “Generation Z” being “the new Taliban”, trying to dictate the behaviours of their elders.

Source: Times Education Supplement

11/12/2018: Creating an Effective School Safeguarding Strategy

“Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018”, statutory advice from DfE for schools and colleges, has a detailed focus on online safety in a separate Annexe C. Inspectorates, including Ofsted, Estyn & ETI, have clear references to a school’s ability to safeguard within the online environment; safeguarding is a limiting judgement during Ofsted inspection in England, with leadership and governance held to account for any shortfall in provision. So where to start? It can look a daunting task when viewed as a whole so the key is breaking the task down into manageable sections and devolve responsibility to those who are most suited (and often most able) to contribute.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

10/12/2018: Online Pornography is UK Parents’ Most Widely Shared Worry

The most widely acknowledged concern among parents is exposure of their children to online pornography, according to collaborative research conducted with the University of Plymouth by South West Grid for Learning as part of its work within the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

10/12/2018: Roblox joins the IWF

Roblox, the popular online entertainment platform for kids and teens has joined the Internet Watch Foundation’s (IWF) battle against online child sexual abuse imagery. With the largest user-generated online game creation platform that includes more than 40 million games created by a creator community of over four million people, Roblox has been rated a top online entertainment platform for audiences under the age of 18, based on both average monthly visits and time spent, according to comScore.

Source: Internet Watch Foundation

05/12/2018: VTech flags tablet flaw after BBC Watchdog probe

Child gadget-maker VTech’s website is promoting a security fix for its flagship tablet, following an investigation by BBC Watchdog Live. The Storio Max – which is called the InnoTab Max in the UK – suffers a software flaw that could allow hackers to remotely take control of the device and snoop on its users.

Source: BBC