Social media in the summer holidays – advice for parents and carers
Whether you and your children use TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram or something else entirely, social media can be used safely and happily over the summer with just a few precautions.
9th August 2019
Sharing images in the summer holidays – advice for parents and carers
Sun's out, cameras out! We've got some top tips to ensure you capture happy memories in a safe and respectful way this summer.
1st August 2019
UK Government Online Harms White Paper - Initial thoughts from SWGfL
The Government wants the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online; no mean aspiration given the long,and often tortuous, history of what we now regard as our “online lives”.
8th April 2019
UK Government Publishes Online Harms White Paper
SWGfL welcomes the UK Government's Online Harms White Paper and its commitment to making the UK the safest place to be online.
8th April 2019
Online Safety Alerts - Think Before You Scare
The Education Safeguarding Advisor (Online Protection) within the Education Safeguarding Service regularly receives queries from schools in relation to warning parents/carers and young people about the online safeguarding risks they have heard about via the media.
26th February 2019
How Reporting Violations on Social Media Works
There is a lot of confusion about reporting content on social media platforms. Here we hope to debunk some myths, help you understand the process and therefore make more effective reports on social media.
20th November 2018
Back to School: Social Media advice for teachers from the Professionals Online Safety Helpline
In this blog, Kat Tremlett – Professionals Online Safety Helpline Practitioner, looks at some of the key questions posed by teachers about how to manage the growing role of social media.
31st August 2018
Parenting in a Digital Age: The art of conversation in the age of Social Media
It’s the holidays; bed times get later, screen times get longer, and we sometimes worry more about what children are seeing and doing online. In this blog we look at why dialogue is so important when it comes to dealing with issues around how your child uses the internet.
15th August 2018
Social Media and the Age of Digital Consent
We've all been bombarded recently by emails seeking our ‘consent’. But what does it mean for young people and will it affect how they use social media?
5th June 2018
Schools, Fake Accounts and RIPAs - What you can do
Increasingly the Professionals Online Safety Helpline gets calls from teachers and schools reporting fake social media accounts. But what can you do? What power do you have to do something about it?
17th May 2018
A parent’s guide to YouTube Restricted Mode
Explore the safety feature ‘Restricted Mode’ on YouTube; looking at how it works and some things to be aware of when using it.
15th May 2018
Social Media, cyberbullying and society's real challenge
Last week saw Young Minds launch its report looking into the impact the online world is having on young people’s mental health, here Ben Bolton looks at whether the recommendations are likely to have the desired effect.
5th March 2018
Young Minds publishes report on impact of cyber bullying on young people's mental health
Children’s mental health charity YoungMinds, Alex Chalk, MP, and The Children’s Society, publish report into the impact of cyberbullying on children and young people’s mental health.
27th February 2018
What's in a meme?
Carmel Glassbrook, Helpline Practitioner, looks at the viral nature of memes and the importance of stopping to think about the person beyond the meme.
19th January 2018
Life in Likes: The Children's Commissioner's report into social media use among 8-12s
We recently saw the release of the latest national report focussed on young people and social media. Here Ben Bolton looks at the report and how it relate's to his own work in Cornwall.
15th January 2018
Logan Paul, YouTube and vloggers as role models
YouTube has announced that the site is "cutting ties" with popular vlogger Logan Paul after he posted a video of a dead body.
12th January 2018