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Here’s How To Tell If Your Child Might Be Addicted To Gaming

A mum has urged the NHS to diagnose her 15-year-old son with gaming addiction, as she says he has become so consumed by online games that he has not been to school for a year. Kendall Palmer, from north London, told The Telegraph she has fought for three years to have her son’s condition recognised [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:24:29+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Trolls, Fanboys and Lurkers: Improving Online Commenting Culture

"Do you call that a haircut? I hope you didn't pay for it." "Oh please this is rubbish, you're a disgrace to yourself and your profession." These are just two examples of comments that have followed articles I have written in my career. While they may seem benign compared with the sort of violent and [...]

By | 2018-06-07T19:36:46+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Dark Web Handbook

Brett Lee, a former undercover internet detective and police office of 22 years, is passionate about keeping parents and guardians informed about the risks facing children in the online world. Now the founder of the child safety organisation Internet Safe Education, Brett keeps his audiences informed of new technologies and trends to keep children out [...]

By | 2018-06-04T13:52:20+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Facebook ‘Revenge Porn’ Pilot Proceeds Despite Concerns

Facebook says it is proceeding with its controversial ‘revenge porn’ prevention pilot, despite the slew of concerns from security experts and victim advocates. The company announced the scheme in November last year, detailing the steps users had to take to stop intimate images being shared on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger without their consent. The process [...]

By | 2018-06-04T13:50:29+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Schools Need to Use #MeToo Across Curriculum

There’s a “whole lot of sensitivity” in schools about what teachers should and shouldn’t teach when it comes to the nitty-gritty of sex education, but according to Dr Melissa Kang, one thing is clear: real life examples are a gateway to discussion. Indeed the #MeToo movement is more than just a hashtag – it’s an [...]

Suicide Twice as Likely in Victims of Cyberbullying

Children and young people under 25 who are victims of cyberbullying are more than twice as likely to self-harm and enact suicidal behavior, according to a new study. The research also suggests that it is not just the victims of cyberbullying that are more vulnerable to suicidal behaviours, but the perpetrators themselves are at higher [...]

By | 2018-04-30T15:58:59+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Suicide|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Steep Rise in Child Abuse Images Online

The Internet Watch Foundation says it is finding more images of child sexual abuse online than ever before, according to its annual report. It found over 78,000 website addresses containing child sexual abuse in 2017, up from more than 57,000 in 2016. The charity actively seeks and removes these images from the net as well [...]

By | 2018-04-23T15:28:50+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Video Game Addiction Concerns Mental Health Experts

Lisa Pont, a social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, has heard plenty of skepticism about video game addiction and whether it’s truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease, as the World Health Organization plans to officially do in a couple of months. “Some people think it trivializes other [...]

By | 2018-04-13T11:55:18+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Gambling, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Building Kids Social Media User Skills

Today's teens have a reputation for being accomplished, fluent, and effective social media users. But they learn these skills the way we learn most life lessons: through trial and error, by making mistakes and learning from the outcomes. While these trial-and-error experiences can be educational in many contexts, social media makes trials public and errors difficult to [...]

Teacher’s Warning to Parents

"Your kids are living in a world that you are not invited to be part of. And they know how to keep you out." That's the stark warning one teacher has issued to parents about their teens' use of social media, urging them to "wake up". Skipper Coates, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, asked her 14 [...]