02 are offering a free service to all parents, even if you don’t subscribe to them. Parents can go into any 02 shop and receive technical advice on how to set up privacy settings on their children’s devices.
Your guide to the social networks your kids use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world. It’s an Easy resource with pictures.
Source: NSPCC Netaware.
Social pressures at exam time
Voice box, Childline’s weekly video chat, looks at social pressures young people might experience at exam time. Topics covered include comparing yourself to friends or others on social media, and the pressure to live up to expectations from home, school, and yourself.
Source: YouTube Date: 12 April 2017
Young people’s views about the government’s internet safety strategy
UK Safer Internet Centre has released findings from a consultation of young people aged 11-18 years sharing their views with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to help shape the upcoming Internet Safety Strategy. Sixty-five young people, part of the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme, reported that: social media icons such as reporting, blocking and privacy are helpful if you are experiencing cyberbullying; social media companies should make the report button more visible; privacy settings should automatically come on when you sign up to accounts.
Source: UK Safer Internet Centre Date: 11 April 2017
Alcohol and why people drink it
Voice box, Childline’s weekly video chat, looks at underage drinking. Topics covered include: reasons why young people drink; the effects of alcohol on the mind; vulnerability and keeping safe.
Source: YouTube Date: 05 April 2017
Further information: Childline
Social media use and children’s wellbeing
The Guardian reports on research carried out by the University of Sheffield looking at the effect of children’s digital social networking on their wellbeing. Findings from a study of a sample of 10-15-year-olds from the UK Household Longitudinal Study suggest that spending more time on social networks reduces the satisfaction that children feel with all aspects of their lives, except for their friendships; and that girls suffer more adverse effects than boys.
Source: Guardian Date: 09 April 2017
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