New Year, New Digital Resolutions


Although you may have made your own new year resolutions (and if you’re like us, they’re probably very similar to last year!), why not consider making some family new year resolutions too? There’s no denying that the way we use tech continues to evolve. 2022 showed us

New Year, New Digital Resolutions2023-01-20T14:49:49+00:00

Parents’ Guide to Gifting Tech


When you gift a device that can access the internet, you’re not just gifting the device itself: you’re giving a portal to the entire online world. And while that includes all the fun bits, like chatting with friends and finding new favourite games, it also comes with a whole host

Parents’ Guide to Gifting Tech2023-01-20T14:54:29+00:00

Being Real on TikTok Now


TikTok has released a new (but familiar!) feature within their app called 'TikTok Now'. Our online safety experts have taken a look to assess what TikTok Now is, the safeguarding concerns that come with it, and the comparisons it has to the popular photo sharing app BeReal.

Being Real on TikTok Now2023-01-20T14:50:38+00:00

Wizz and HiPal Walkie Talkie: The Safeguarding Risks of Social Networking Apps


Recently, friend-finding and social networking apps Wizz and HiPal Walkie Talkie have been topping the charts in their app store categories. Due to their appeal to young people, our experts investigated the apps for potential safeguarding risks, and compiled advice and tips on how to keep the children and young people

Wizz and HiPal Walkie Talkie: The Safeguarding Risks of Social Networking Apps2023-01-20T14:53:00+00:00

Phone to Phone Filesharing in Schools: The Risks of AirDrop and Nearby Share


What is AirDrop? AirDrop is a feature available on iPhones and Mac computers (iOS 7, iPadOS 13, OS X 10.10, or later required). It lets physically close Mac and iOS devices share files, photos, websites etc. There are no size limits on files. It uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to

Phone to Phone Filesharing in Schools: The Risks of AirDrop and Nearby Share2023-02-22T13:17:18+00:00

Dangerous Online Chat Room – Safeguarding Alert


We have previously reported on dangerous online platform called Omegle and the risks it poses to children and young people who visit it. Following a recent press release and concerns from parents, carers, and safeguarding professionals, we have decided to release further information and guidance. What is Omegle?

Dangerous Online Chat Room – Safeguarding Alert2023-01-20T14:55:37+00:00

Apple iOS 16 update: Online safety review


Apple have released the latest updates for their devices, with iOS 16 live since September 12th, 2022. With features added to aid parents and carers in safeguarding their children, such as improvements to safety features and parental controls, our Online Safety Experts have

Apple iOS 16 update: Online safety review2022-09-27T11:15:42+01:00

Responding to online challenges, trends, and hoaxes


When a viral challenge is reported in the news or on social media, it's often easier to consider the risks than establish the facts. Making the decision to issue guidance or warnings about challenges and hoaxes is often informed by the principle of ‘better safe than sorry’. While safeguarding responses to online harms are vital, the

Responding to online challenges, trends, and hoaxes2022-09-09T10:51:59+01:00

A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat Family Center


89% of the UK’s internet users know what Snapchat is. It’s one of the most popular social media platforms and is widely used by young people to send ‘disappearing’ pictures, videos, and messages. Parents and carers have been asking the platform for more parental controls for

A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat Family Center2022-09-02T12:49:42+01:00

BeReal: Your Online Safety Guide


The way children and young people use social media is changing. Ofcom reported earlier this year that younger generations are posting less on popular platforms like YouTube and Instagram because they are dominated by superficial posts from influencers and celebrities. Children and young people want to engage with

BeReal: Your Online Safety Guide2022-08-26T13:27:23+01:00
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