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Child ‘Grooming’ is a subject with which many of us are becoming more familiar and parents more concerned for their child’s welfare, as time passes and social media flourishes. Do we know enough about it and how to spot the signs it may be happening? What is Grooming? Grooming is when someone befriends a child or adolescent and forms a relationship with them built on trust and emotions and may even befriend the family to appear more trustworthy and believable. Groomers will go on to abuse the...

Social media platform TikTok has hit the headlines yet again due to the circulation of a graphic video on its platform. After appearing on Facebook’s live-stream initially, the clip was quickly circulated on other social media platforms, including TikTok. Just days before World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on Thursday 10th September, the disturbing clip shows a man committing suicide live on camera from his home. TikTok has since come under fire for not doing enough to remove the video, nor...

Although you may be climbing the walls by the end of the week, in general, self-isolating on your own or with a partner can be quite easy. But what do you do if you’re also needing to focus on keeping children entertained during self-isolation? Self-isolation is very simple with strict rules. If you are self-isolating, you must ensure you stay at home, unless you are exercising which can be done once a day while keeping 2 metres between yourself and others. You cannot go out to buy food or...

According to a recent 2019 study by Ofcom, the number of children owning phones, aged 9-10-years old, has doubled. Ofcom has now dubbed this the 'age of independence'. Ofcom's annual report, named Children and Parents: Media Use and And Attitudes Report 2019, is a comprehensive study conducted with 3200 parents and children around the UK. The study assessed how children use media and the type of devices used. Not only has the amount of 9-10-year-olds owning mobile phones doubled, but the study...

The ICO (Information Commissioners Office, the UK’s data regulator) has drafted proposals to help keep children safer when online. Under these proposals, unveiled 21st January 2020, websites will be forced to do more to protect the safety and privacy of minors online. Named the Age Appropriate Design Code , it is hoped to come into effect by autumn 2021 if approved by parliament. Any firms disobeying these rules could be fined up to 4% of the company’s global turnover. The move has been...