A record amount of child sexual abuse material is recorded in 2021, YouTube is accused of being a major source of disinformation, VR Metaverse is found to place youngsters at risk and Twitch reports on its response to hate raids on its platform.
A new guide for parents on discussing sexual harassment, new proposals following review of the Online Safety Bill, tips to avoid counterfeit products online and a bank suspends advertising on Facebook and Instagram due to lack of action on scams.
Instagram responds to increasing regulatory pressure with new features to control screen time, Welsh study reveals prevalence of peer-on-peer sexual harassment, TSB warns of large losses via text scams and Ofcom issues guidance on VSP advertising.
A new tool is launched in the fight against revenge porn, NSPCC calls for emergency powers to investigate Facebook encryption plans, increased responsibility sought for online platforms selling dangerous goods and new Twitch tool to identify ban evaders.
Meta responds to concerns about detecting child abuse by delaying introduction of end-to-end encryption, warnings of shopping and lottery scams and government plans new law to protect consumers and increase security on Internet of Things.
Government funding for solutions to help prevent child abuse online, enquiry into how age ratings are determined and whether they comply with the Children’s Code and more safety features from TikTok are reported in this weeks’ newsletter.
The theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is “One Kind Word”. Kindness, be it in thoughts, words or actions, is an incredibly important quality to foster in a world where we seem to be surrounded by reports of intolerance, division and lack of respect, both on and offline.
Teachers suffer online harassment and abuse on social media, child abuse images go undetected after Facebook turns off scanning software and a new campaign is launched to address the growth in online message-based scams.