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Kids of the millennium more confident with technology than most adults

Kids of the millennium more confident with technology than most adults

On publishing its media literacy review, Ofcom revealed findings that suggested young children were more confident and fluent with technology than adults over 45. Post millennial babies have been born into a world where high speed broadband and social media are the norm, with many toddlers able to operate touchscreen

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Bullied children: government offers new advice to schools

Bullied children: government offers new advice to schools

The government has issued an addendum to the advice it previously published to help schools tackle bullying and support victims. The additional advice, whilst not statutory, is aimed at providing schools with information to support pupils who are affected by all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying. It provides guidance on

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Online bullying of children rises; “sexting” declines

Online bullying of children rises; “sexting” declines

According to EU Kids Online and Net Children Go Mobile, the number of children receiving nasty or bullying messages online has risen (pdf). The research, which compared the responses of two separate focus groups, three years apart, reveals a rise of 4% since 2010 in the number of 9-16 year

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Mother of James Bulger appeals to Prime Minster for action on “trolls”

Mother of James Bulger appeals to Prime Minster for action on “trolls”

Mother of James Bulger and Simply Child Safe magazine editor Denise Fergus has spoken out to condemn the actions of Twitter hoaxers who targeted her son’s charity, claiming to be one of his killers. Tweeting after sick messages on the social networking platform were directed at her son’s charity, the

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Increase in mobile phone and internet-use by young people

Increase in mobile phone and internet-use by young people

Fewer than 1 in 5 young people experience cyberbullying or online abuse. As the cost of owning and using digital devices becomes cheaper it is likely that even a young child will be carrying a mobile phone with access to the Internet. In many ways this is a good thing, especially

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Parents unaware of internet child-safe filters, says report

Parents unaware of internet child-safe filters, says report

Around one in eight parents that do not have family friendly internet controls did not know they existed or did not know how to install them, say Ofcom. The report highlights ways parents protect their children online. Britain is now a recognised global leader when it comes to protecting children

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Social interaction through Apps

Social interaction through Apps

In May 2013, Apple and Google released a statement claiming that 50 and 48 billion applications had been downloaded by their users respectively. Apple suggested that roughly 800 applications were downloaded every second on IOS alone, which is a staggering figure. One point that parents are becoming increasingly concerned about

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Snapchat, selfies and mobile safety

Snapchat, selfies and mobile safety

According to BI Intelligence, in November 2013, over 400 million photographs were uploaded by users to SnapChat every day. That makes it the most popular social media platform for photographs. The world of SnapChat, the selfie and social media may seem alien to parents, most only know the basics even

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Online Games and how they can affect children

Online Games and how they can affect children

If you have been paying close attention to the news over the last couple of years, you would have seen at least one story about how gaming affects children negatively. However, is this purely a scaremongering tactic, designed to create an interesting story and pass blame, or is there actually

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Safebook – Social networks and how to be safe

Safebook – Social networks and how to be safe

When used carefully, social media is a fantastic tool. With social networks we can keep in touch with friends and family, share experiences and join communities. And it’s great for business, too – companies use social media platforms to spread their message and reach new customers. The power of social

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