Scotland has been hit by an epidemic of phone and online sex crime with girls under 16 making up three quarters of its victims.
New figures, described as a “wake-up call” by campaigners, show children bearing the brunt of a surge in “indecent communications” enabled by the web.
Proliferation of anonymous feedback apps such as Sarahah is prompting concerns about cyberbullying among schoolchildren
Online safety experts have warned parents to be vigilant about teenagers’ use of anonymous feedback apps that allow users to leave unnamed comments about others, amid new concerns over cyberbullying.
Facebook on Friday said it is working with suicide prevention partners to collect phrases, hashtags and group names associated with online challenges encouraging self-harm or suicide.
Kids aged between eight and 11 are ‘significantly’ more likely to be victims of cyber bullies if they own a mobile phone, a new study has found.
A generation who have spent their entire adolescence with smartphones are feeling the effects, including negative impacts on their mental health, says author Jean Twenge.
Around 80 per cent of young people think social media companies should do more to tackle cyber bullying, according to a study.
Almost half have experienced threatening, intimidating or nasty messages and 14 per cent have been a victim of online bullying in the last month, research by YoungMinds and The Children’s Society found.
This is the latest app paedophiles are using to groom children. Parents urged to consider online safety over summer
Senior detectives have warned parents that paedophiles have been exploiting an app to target children.
Operation Zephyr – the Southwest Regional Organised Crime Unit – issues regular updates on online threats to children and young people.
In its latest “social media app bulletin”, it warned parents about the dangers of Skout – the world’s largest app for meeting new people.
“Skout gives you the ability to connect with people no matter where you are,” the officers explained. “Skout matches you with people you want to chat with, whether they are nearby or in a city you want to visit.
Blue Whale sees young people perform a set number of tasks, the last of which is deadly.
The ‘game’ began in Russia several years ago and around 130 youngsters are believed to have taken their own lives in the country since then.
It is spread on social media and there are concerns that British children as young as seven may now also be at risk.
It comes amid a rise in online recorded online sex offences across Northern Ireland.Photo: PA
Parents are being urged to make sure their children stay safe online over the summer.
The NSPCC said the latest police figures for Northern Ireland show there has been a 28% increase in cyber-related sex crimes over the last year.
An update to the app allows users to see where their Snapchat contacts are located to a precise point on a map.
Three-quarters of children aged 11 to 15 use a device for more than two hours on a weekday. Snapchat has over 166 million daily users, a large portion of whom are under 16. Schools have issued warnings regarding a location-sharing feature in Snapchat which could potentially be exposing children to stalkers.
Internet safety should be treated like road safety and caution with strangers as new figures show frequency of exposure to inappropriate content, says children’s charity
A leading charity has urged parents to do more to keep their children safe online as new figures reveal how often young people are exposed to violence, hatred, sexual content, bullying and other inappropriate content when using the internet.
The word “addiction” brings to mind alcohol and drugs. Yet, over the past 20 years, a new type of addiction has emerged: addiction to social media. It may not cause physical harms, such as those caused by tobacco and alcohol, but it has the potential to cause long-term damage to our emotions, behaviour and relationships
TEACHERS and parents at one southeast Queensland school are stepping up their efforts to combat cyber crime after 28 students admitted to meeting a stranger who they had met online.
Schools in urgent warning to parents about a ‘dangerous’ social media app being probed by police over its links to bullying and suicide.
- Sayat.me allows trolls to send abuse anonymously to children and teenagers
- App has been connected with suspected suicide of 15-year-old George Hessay
- Since his death, Sayat.me’s chief executive, Hanna Talving, has said that use of its website has been suspended
Schools across the country are urgently warning parents about a ‘dangerous’ social media app which has been linked to bullying and suicide.
Only a fifth of parents are having frequent conversations with their children about online safety, a report has found.
The NSPCC and O2 have today launched a campaign, highlighting the potential dangers associated with the internet and social media.
Social media can connect like-minded young people, providing vital support for those experiencing mental health issues, however, many sites can also promote harmful behaviour. Is there a solution?
I’ve seen the harm online platforms can do to children, but the government is slow to respond. Its latest plans don’t go far enough
This week, the government announced plans to target “sexting and cyberbullying” as part of an initiative to make the internet safer for young people. It is to meet with technology companies, charities, academies and mental health professionals to develop a strategy. All this sounds wonderful, but the speed of reaction to what has been a very real situation for years has been painfully slow.
TEENAGERS are being blackmailed by online crooks pretending to be interested in having a relationship with them.
Glasgow youngsters have been tricked into sending compromising images of themselves to people they have met online, only to be told to cough up cash or the pictures will be published for friends and family to see.
The desire to explore and manipulate our identity is a normal process of development and underpins much of the appearance-driven behaviour that we see amongst young people.
Up until recently, this was done in front of the mirror; experimenting with clothes, hairstyles and makeup. More recently the selfie has begun to play a role.
While there is a benefit to articulating one’s identity and getting feedback from one’s peer group, the problem is that doing this via selfies means that this feedback group, which reflects back to us how we appear, has increased exponentially, and with it the uncertainty of how we are perceived, and indeed valued, by others.
Just two weeks after her daughter took her own life, Megan Evans’ mother Nicola shares how her daughter’s secret battle with cyber bullies drove her to commit suicide.
Checking social media at night means that teenagers are constantly tired at school, academics say
One in five secondary pupils regularly wakes up in the night to check social media, meaning that they are constantly tired at school, new research shows.
More than 900 pupils between the ages of 12 and 15 answered questions about how often they woke up at night to use social media, as part of a study conducted by Welsh academics. They were also asked what time they went to bed and woke up in the morning.
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Police are likely to see a rise in cases involving children bullying and threatening each other by posting naked images online, a chief constable has warned.
His remarks come days after a public schoolboy who threatened to publish explicit photos of a girl on Facebook was given an eight-month jail sentence suspended with a lifetime restraining order banning him from contacting his victims.
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Child Online Safety:
A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media
View the Guide: Social Media Guidance for parents UKCCIS – Dec 2015 (pdf)
O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces to help parents and families in the UK learn how to keep kids safe online.
They have launched a free helpline where you can get advice from experts on the following topics:
- Setting up parental controls on your computer or other devices
- Help adjusting privacy settings
- Understanding social networks
- Concerns about online gaming
- App advice
- Online bullying
- Strangers online
- Online addiction
- Paying for extras
- And much more…………..
Helpline opening times:
Monday – Friday: 9am to 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 6pm
Bank Holidays: 10am to 4pm
The number for the helpline is 0800 800 5002. For further information see www.o2.co.uk/nspcc