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1 in 3 parents concerned their children will become addicted to pornography

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As the Government announces that the UK will become the first country in the world to bring in age-verification for online pornography in July, our new research reveals parents' concerns about their children viewing online pornography. What are parents' concerns about children viewing sexual content online? Our research found that parents’ fears included children having a distorted … Continued

TikTok app safety – What parents need to know

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This social network app is from the creators of Musical.ly. As Musical.ly officially went offline earlier this year, TikTok (known as Douyin in China) has taken its place offering the user the ability to watch musical clips, create short clips up to 60 seconds and add special effects to them. All the content that was … Continued

Momo Challenge – what parents should know about online crazes

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What is the Momo Challenge? Momo Challenge is the latest in a series of chain-letter viral stories. It’s arresting because of the disturbing image that represents the Momo character. The image comes from Midori Hayashi, a Japanese doll artist not associated with the game. Players who want to take part search online for a number … Continued

Online safety schools pack giveaway – update

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On the 4th of October, we launched our Schools Pack Giveaway, to provide copies of our most popular online-safety resources to any schools who contacted us, for FREE, during the month of October. The demand for our free resources has been incredible, and within the first 5 days, we had already sent out all our … Continued

Our campaign highlights online pressures children face as they had back to school

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As children head back to school our research reveals that the first year of secondary school has become a pinch-point for online safety - as 11-year-olds face a “perfect storm” of digital pressure. To address these issues we're launching a new campaign to raise awareness and support parents in prioritising their children's digital wellbeing. Dealing with online … Continued

Should children play Doki Doki Literature Club?

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Following the warnings surrounding the Anime 'dating game' Doki Doki Literature Club game,  our games expert Andy Robertson offers detailed insight on how it works and gives examples of alternatives games that offer positive benefits to help manage wellbeing and mental health. Doki Doki Literature Club! (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb5n4JjYa-E) is a game for PC and Mac. … Continued

Gaming disorder – what you need to know

By Andy Robertson on

With recent news of gaming addiction becoming a recognised disorder, our games experts Andy Robertson looks at what this means for young people, the NHS and the future of gaming. A lot has been said about WHO proposing to add Gaming Disorder to ICD-11. It’s an important debate and crucial issue for parents of children … Continued

My child wants to be a vlogger, is it safe?

By Dr Tamasine Preece on

Is your child longing to join the wave of young teens and pre-teens vlogging about their lives and favourite pastimes? If so, it's important to make sure they are aware of what they may encounter and what the benefits and risks are. Dr Tamasine Preece shares insight on this and more. What should I consider … Continued

Parents guide to Roblox and how your kids can play it safely

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Is Roblox safe for children to play? This is the question that a lot of parents are grappling with, following the recent concerns raised in the media. To help ease those fears, Pocket-lint tech journalist and games expert Andy Robertson sheds light on the game and how it can be played safely. Roblox has been … Continued

A better internet starts with you – Safer Internet Day 2018

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Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the theme “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day sees thousands of people across the UK get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of … Continued

Children seek ‘likes’ and comments to validate self-worth, new report reveals

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A new report from Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield shows that many Year 7 children are finding social media hard to manage and becoming over-dependent on ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ for social validation. They also adapt their offline behaviour to fit an online image. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, is launching a new report, ‘Life … Continued

OYOTY- Online safety assistant for children

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Giving children the tools to stay safe online is now more important than ever. Using the advances in artificial intelligence, a new personal digital assistant called OYOTY is now available to help your child stay safe online. You can sign up today for a 2 month free trial to give it a try. A number … Continued

Digiduck: An educational, e-safety story app for 3-7 years

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Working with Childnet, we’ve turned their charming storybook into a tablet app that parents and children can enjoy together. Like the book, the story app follows Digiduck and his pals in a story of friendship and responsibility online. The story has been created to help parents teach children aged 3-7 years of age how to be … Continued

Digital Safety Award Winners – 2016

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We are proud to announce the winners of the first Digital Safety Awards, a brand new innovative awards scheme that recognises the best products, services and initiatives that help us keep our children safe online. Our inaugural awards ceremony took place at EY’s More London Place offices on 24th May where we celebrated the best … Continued

Social networking how to guides for parents

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In recent years there's been a large increase in the number social networking apps available for children to communicate and share their lives with friends and family. With such an array of apps available it can be difficult to know which ones are more suitable for children and how to keep them safe on the … Continued

Internet Matters Digital Safety Awards

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With support from EY, we've created a brand new innovative awards scheme that recognises the best products, services and initiatives that help us keep our children safe online. Internet safety is of growing concern for society and our industry as a whole. Recent research by Internet Matters reveals that: Children spend 3 hours online on their … Continued

Cyberbullying guide for parents, carers and schools

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There is a lot of research that shows that Cyberbullying is affecting more young people, more frequently. With the growth of social media and the average age of children owning smartphones set at 10, there is a need for more education and information about how to prevent cyberbullying from happening and what to do when … Continued

Safer Internet Day: Schools’ new e-safety responsibilities

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As Safer Internet Day approaches, Kier McDonald discusses the new e-safety responsibilities that schools are now required to take on, to keep children as young as 5 safe online. Safer Internet Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness of global e-safety. Parents and children across the globe will be taking the time to improve … Continued

Share a heart to play your part for a better internet

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Safer Internet Day is a great time to get practical and make internet safety a priority. This year, to promote respect and kindness online coordinators of the day (UK Safer Internet Centre) are launching the #shareaheart social media campaign to help inspire kindness online on the 9th February 2016. To spread the love online, we'd like … Continued

Social media guidance for parents and carers

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As more and more young people use popular social networking platforms to share their lives online with family and friends, it's increasing important for them to understand how to stay safe within those worlds. To help parents and carers engage with their children on how they use social media and help them to navigate any … Continued

Latest internet use and e-safety research

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Online safety research Take a look at the latest research that we’ve conducted, alongside other great pieces of research highlighting the changing trends in the way parents and children use the internet. Internet Matters research We've focused on research that centres around how parents and children use technology and how e-safety issues and awareness is changing … Continued

Anti-Bullying Week 2015 events

By Ghislaine Bombusa on

Make some noise about bullying and get involved in the events that are taking place during Anti-Bullying Week 2015. We've summarised some of the great events that you can attend to get involved and help beat bullying. Dates  Charity/Organisation 2-29 Nov Action Work - Anti-Bullying Roadshow Location: Touring around the UK 16-20 Nov Assembly and workshops … Continued

New Internet Matters vlogs with Adele Jennings

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what's e-safety all about? series We've partnered with Adele Jennings of OurFamilyLife.co.uk to showcase practical tips parents can take to keep their children safe online. From setting broadband filters to doing stop and searches on her daughter, Adele shares personal stories on how she uses e-safety tips to make sure her children have a safe and … Continued

Understanding the emotions behind cyberbullying

By Catherine Knibbs on

A paramount question to think about is what is actually happening in bullying situations? We know that bullying is often about power for any number of reasons, e.g. a victim of bullying may bully others in an attempt to redress the power imbalance. There can be elements that can involve enjoyment of watching/knowing other people suffer … Continued

Age ratings for online music videos welcomed by parents

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New research from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) reveals that 78% of parents value age ratings for online music videos. The research was carried out to evaluate a joint industry initiative to provide age ratings for music videos online. The aim of the pilot was to help family audiences make informed choices on … Continued

Back to school competition

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Old-skool to iSchool  Look how the traditional schoolbag has changed over the last 30 years - going from old-skool to iSchool. The humble Sony Walkman has been replaced by the smartphone. The Oxford pocket dictionary is more often made redundant by the mini-iPad. 1985' Schoolbag 2015' Schoolbag How to enter the competition For a chance … Continued

Sexting – defusing the teenage timebomb

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We've created this fictional story about April, who sends an intimate image of herself to her friend and like in some real cases, it is then shared with other children from her school. The legal and life tech - lessons every parent should know about The story of the 14-year-old boy being investigated by police for sending a … Continued

iRights – righting some Internet wrongs

By Carolyn Bunting on

An introduction to the iRights initiative that aims to secure digital rights for young people to access technology "creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly". What the iRights initiative means for children, parents and the tech companies… For over a year now, the Internet Matters team has been on a mission to get parents educated about technology to … Continued

Top 10 essential back to school tech items and gadgets

By Rik Henderson on

Back to school With just a couple weeks’ left of the summer holidays, the back to school preparations may already be underway for many parents. Making sure your child is well equipped for a new school year can be difficult with the amount of devices and gadgets on offer. To give you some guidance on … Continued