Anti-Bullying Week

15-19 November is anti-bullying week with the theme “One Kind Word”. The week begins with Odd Socks Day on Monday 15th.


Online Abuse and Anonymity, Cost of Fraud & More

Online abuse against politicians and women is in the news, with online anonymity blamed for encouraging such behaviour. The cost to wellbeing of the UKs fraud epidemic is revealed, as well as a successful police operation against County Lines gangs.


The recent Netflix series, Squid features gore and violence, as well as sex scenes, self-harm, suicide and bad language and is not suitable for young children. The survival drama features contestants who play children’s playground games with a deadly twist – if they don’t succeed, they are killed.


Ofcom VSP Guidance, Unsafe Toys, Breach of Children’s Code & More

We report on new guidance for video sharing platforms to keep users safe, reports of dangerously unsafe toys sold online and widespread breaches of the Children’s Code. We also warn of a rise in number and sophistication of scam delivery messages.


Dark Web CSAM Survey, Instagram for Kids Paused & More

A survey directed to viewers of child sexual abuse material on the dark web reveals worrying statistics about the availability and impact of such material. Facebook delays its plans for an Instagram for under 13’s following leaked evidence of harm.


Vaccine Misinformation, Online Fraud, Hate in Chat Forums & More

We report this week on misinformation about Covid vaccines on TikTok, a rise in online fraud, evidence that extremists are exploiting video games and chatrooms to spread hateful messages and recent action against copyright infringers.

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