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Instagram Reels Launches in the UK

What is it? Instagram, which is very popular with young people, has officially launched their latest function ‘Reels’ in the UK. It’s the latest feature to be added to the platform and lets users create short 15 second videos with popular music, different filters and effects. It is largely considered to be Instagram’s

What is Trolling?

Trolling is a form of cyberbullying, but trolling in particular is used to irritate communities, fans of celebrity targets or people who hold specific beliefs. The seemingly anonymous nature of the internet allows trolls to operate without fear of punishment. Trolling is defined by Urban Dictionary as : The deliberate act, (by a

Safer Sharenting

What is Sharenting? Many parents use social media to share important moments of their children’s lives with friends and family. Some children’s digital footprints begin before they are even born, when parents share an image of a baby scan to announce their exciting news. Creating a digital footprint for a child by

International Friendship Day 2020

The 30th of July marks International Friendship Day – a day to celebrate our connections with the people in our lives. The day was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly and places emphasis on involving young people as future leaders and promoters of understanding and respect. It’s also a day to

What you need to know about Algorithms

What are algorithms? We all hear the word ‘algorithms’ in the news so often, and it’s normally in relation to social media. But what exactly is an ‘algorithm’? Algorithms are essentially instructions or procedures that allow computers to operate more effectively. In the online world, they are used to

4 Things to Watch out for on TikTok

Our digital safeguarding team continually review and test social media platforms In the past week, they focused on TikTok, testing its safety features and the effectiveness of the platform’s ability to monitor and remove explicit content The team used a login of a 14 year old to see what content they

Coming soon: Instagram Reels

Instagram is set to release a new feature called Reels in the UK, potentially by August 2020. We have been keeping track of the release and here is what we know so far. Reels is Instagram’s attempt to match TikTok’s dominance of short form video sharing. The feature is aimed at Instagram’s

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