22/01/2020: New code aims to force tech giants to protect kids online
The UK’s data regulator has published a set of standards which it believes will force tech companies to take protecting children online seriously. The Appropriate Design Code, drawn up by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) covers everything from apps to connected toys, social media platforms to online games, and even educational websites and streaming services.
Sky22/01/2020: Watchdog cracks down on tech firms that fail to protect children
Technology companies will be required to assess their sites for sexual abuse risks, prevent self-harm and pro-suicide content, and block children from broadcasting their location, after the publication of new rules for “age-appropriate design” in the sector. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office, which was tasked with creating regulations to protect children online, will enforce the new rules from autumn 2021, after one-year transition period.
Guardian20/01/2020: We all have an online reputation. What’s yours?
The internet is the perfect repository for some of our dearest memories – photo albums, emails from sadly deceased friends and family, hour-long Vine compilations – all those wonderful times, fossilised in kilobytes and pixels. Nobody has a clearer digital footprint than ‘digital natives’ – young people who have grown up with the internet as an ever-present in their lives. From their first few neonatal seconds to the moment you are reading this, they have shared their lives (or had them shared) online.
South West Grid for Learning19/01/2020: Gambling companies access data for 28 million children
A major breach of government data has reportedly allowed gambling firms to access the names, ages and addresses of 28 million children and students. A Sunday Times investigation has found that betting firms have used the database to verify the ages of customers who claim to be 18 or over – boosting the number of young people who gamble online in the process.
Times Education Supplement17/01/2020: Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors
Leading UK psychiatrists say they will never understand the risks and benefits of social media use on children’s mental health unless companies hand over their data to researchers. Tech companies must be made to share data and pay a tax to fund important research, they say in a report. There is growing evidence internet use can harm mental health but research is still lacking, it adds.
BBC17/01/2020: Government will take rise of child sexual abuse material online seriously
Jacob Rees-Mogg says the Government is taking the rise in “distressing” sexual abuse images of children online seriously, as an MP promises to work with the IWF on an inquiry into the issue. Labour MP Chris Elmore (Ogmore) who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media, says he will work with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) on an inquiry into the increase in reports of online child sexual abuse material. The IWF is the UK charity responsible for finding and removing images of child sexual abuse from the internet.
Internet Watch Foundation15/01/2020: Pre-teen girls ‘tricked into sex acts on webcams’
Girls aged between 11 and 13 are increasingly being tricked and coerced into performing sexually over their own webcams, data suggests. The Internet Watch Foundation said 80% of the sexual selfies it found in its relentless trawl for images of child sexual abuse were of children this age. The charity took action on 37,000 self-generated images of children last year. About 30,000 were of adolescents.
BBC15/01/2020: The dark side of the selfie
IWF partners with the Marie Collins Foundation in new campaign to call on young men to report self-generated sexual images of under 18s. New data reveals that self-generated imagery now accounts for nearly a third of web pages featuring sexual images of children actioned by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
Internet Watch Foundation14/01/2020: Estimated 90 cybercrimes recorded a day against children
Based on latest police recorded crime data, it’s estimated an average of 1 online abuse offence against a child was recorded every 16 minutes in England and Wales. The Online Harms Reduction Regulator Bill will be introduced into the House of Lords today, a Private Member’s Bill that requires Ofcom to prepare for regulation as an interim online harms regulator.
NSPCC06/01/2020: How to handle sexting incidents as a parent or teacher
Sexting happens. It probably happened within the 24 hours of people owning the first mobile phones, but it’s certainly become a common occurrence in the era of smartphones and selfies.
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