Twitter is the latest social media platform to announce that they are launching a disappearing feature. The new feature called ‘Fleets’ is now available to its 321 million users worldwide after several trials in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea found that Fleets ‘made people talk more on Twitter’. Although Twitter’s user base does
Following continued coverage of the risks the platform can pose to children and young people, TikTok has announced changes to its parental control settings. This article details the changes to the parental control settings and provides an overview of existing settings you can use to protect the children in your care.
Bullying is not a normal part of childhood and should never happen. The long-term impact of cyberbullying on a young person's physical and mental wellbeing can be profound. Cyberbullying, as with all bullying can contribute to mental health disorders, substance misuse and in extreme cases, suicidal ideation. In this blog, we offer key
All children and young people have the right to learn in a safe and healthy environment free from bullying, harassment and intimidation in all forms. Unfortunately, bullying still happens inside and outside of school, but most cases are resolved quickly. Bullying is best understood as a set of harmful behaviours directed at one person
This week (9th November 2020) the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media launched a national inquiry into the surge in ‘self-generated’ child sexual abuse material, alongside the UK Safer Internet Centre. We have previously raised concerns in the media about self-generated sexual imagery. In this article, we unpack the issue and bring you top tips
Among Us is an online multiplayer game that has become popular among children and young people in the last number of months. But what is it? How does it work and is it safe for children and young people? Age Ratings Among Us is rated PEGI 7+ due to mild violence. On the Apple App
With over 1.5 billion downloads across 155 different countries, TikTok has soared in popularity. Some of you have recently got in touch to ask for more information about TikTok and its safety settings. To help you support the children and young people in your care, we have made a short video overview of
The internet is no stranger to harmful or disturbing content. Earlier this week, our safeguarding network was alerted to several young people mentioning ‘Rule 34’ as a potential source of information regarding sex. But what is the so-called Rule 34 and could it be harmful to children and young people? What is Rule 34?
The pandemic continues to impact how children and young people use online spaces. Now more than ever, it is essential to understand new and emerging apps, games and platforms that can present online risks to children. We are particularly concerned about the surge in the use of ‘friend-finding’ Apps, as authorities have previously warned during the pandemic that around 300,000 online offenders pose a threat to children in the UK. A recent report
Building emotional resilience in young people is essential for their development. The UK is facing a mental health crisis among its young people, with leading youth mental health charity Young Minds reporting that 1 in 6 young people have symptoms of a mental disorder such as depression or anxiety. On the 10th of October,