Four out of five children want Facebook and other social media sites to protect them from pornography and bullying, an NSPCC report has warned. The charity said that from the 1,696 children and young people surveyed, the majority – 1,380 – felt that companies are currently not doing enough to protect them from pornography, self-harm, bullying, and hatred on their sites.
The findings follow calls from campaigners for the Government to crack down on the content published by social media sites. Children rated ASKfm, Omegle, IMVU, and Facebook as some of the most risky sites in the major survey, leading the NSPCC to urge parents to look beyond the well known social media applications and find out about the more obscure apps their children are using.
Children say social media firms are failing to protect them from online pornography and bullying. In a major survey, four out of five pupils reported being worried about inappropriate material on their smartphones and iPads.
A survey by the NSPCC found that of 1,696 young people aged 11 to 18, 1,380 – 80 per cent – said social media sites needed to do more to protect them from warped content. The youngsters said they were routinely confronted by extreme pornographic images, trolling and shocking content promoting eating disorders and self-harm.
Gallery Guardian is designed to protect children from explicit images, but does not spot every snap.
Snooker player Neil Robertson claims a ruinous addiction has harmed his professional career. It’s not alcohol, it’s not drugs – it is video games. In a recent interview with Eurosport, the Australian said his compulsive need to play the online fantasy game World of Warcraft interfered with his training and preparation for a tournament in China.
Over the last 20 years, as the medium exploded in popularity, there have been regular scare stories about zombie-like teenagers slumped in front of their PCs, eschewing school work and social interaction. In South Korea, where online gaming is effectively a national sport and its pro players are treated like rock stars, the government has funded treatment centres for games addiction and passed laws to limit access to games for children.
Google announced its first attempt to combat the circulation of “fake news” on its search engine with new tools for users to report misleading or offensive content and a pledge to improve results generated by its algorithm. The technology giant said it would allow people to complain about misleading, inaccurate or hateful content in its autocomplete function, which pops up to suggest searches based on the first few characters typed.
Britain’s Got Talent has proved that our appetite for the heady mix of magicians, comedians and performing dogs is as strong as ever, pulling in over 9 million viewers on Saturday night to make it the top-rated show of the year so far.
A potentially dangerous social media game, which has been linked to 130 teen deaths in Russia, is making its way to the UK, leading to schools issuing warnings to parents. The game is called the ‘Blue Whale Game’ and is being played across various social media platforms by youngsters.
Rimmel has been forced to pull a TV ad campaign featuring model and actor Cara Delevingne after the advertising watchdog ruled that it had been manipulated too much with post-production techniques including airbrushing.
The ad, for the brand’s Scandaleyes Reloaded mascara, showed the model applying the product. The commercial promised “dangerously bold lashes” with “extreme volume … extreme wear”. The Advertising Standards Authority received a complaint that the ad misleadingly exaggerated the product’s effect.
Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon is calling for an older age limit on using social media after being moved to tears by the story of a grooming victim. The Corrie star, who plays teenager Bethany Platt in the ITV1 soap, was introduced by the NSPCC to a girl who was abused from the age of 10 until she was 16-years-old by someone she met online.The actress met the girl, who used the pseudonym Lucy, while researching for the shocking Coronation Street sex ring storyline involving Bethany being groomed by sinister Nathan Curtis.
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“The generation coming up now is used to having everything at their fingertips,” says Stacey Lynn Schulman, an analyst at the Katz Media Group. Why not? From birth, theirs has been a world of video digitally issuing from every screen. And for them, any of those screens is just another screen, whether or not you call it “TV.”
A new Nielsen study finds that in the fourth quarter of 2016, viewers aged 2-11 averaged about 17 hours of live (not time-shifted) TV each week. Granted, that’s a drop of about 90 minutes weekly from the year before. But by comparison, kids in fourth quarter 2016 spent about 4½ hours weekly watching video content on other devices.
Facebook has launched a review of how it deals with violent content on its network. The announcement came after a video showing a killing was posted to Facebook on Sunday and remained there for more than two hours.
“We know we need to do better,” a company executive said.
Netflix is on the verge of surpassing 100 million global subscribers, a testament to how much the video streaming service has changed the entertainment landscape since its debut a decade ago.
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Facebook has been warned by the government that it cannot be a safe space for paedophiles and terrorists sharing ‘hateful’ images and videos. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has spoken out after the site was found to have refused to remove graphic child abuse images.
Child protection charities said that the sex abuse photos on Facebook act like a gateway drug to would-be paedophiles – and that they may even be encouraged to abuse children in real life. Despite repeated warnings, sexual images of children and graphic terrorist propaganda videos were still widely available on the site earlier this week.
Children as young as seven have been investigated by police for sending sexual images on their phones or online. Police have taken action against thousands of under-18s as they tackle a ‘sexting’ epidemic amongst British youth, new data reveals.
In the past four years almost 3,500 investigations into sexting by children have been opened by 25 police forces, according to figures provided to The Times under the Freedom of Information Act.
A fashion advert for Selfridges has been cleared by the advertising watchdog following a complaint the model in it looked “unhealthily thin”. A promotional email from the department store in January showed a model standing side on in a long blue dress. It prompted a reader to complain the woman was too thin and question whether the advert was socially irresponsible.
But the Advertising Standards Authority concluded the model did not appear to be “significantly underweight”.
Selfridges said the woman was not positioned in a way that was intended to exaggerate her slimness.
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Internet advertising spend surged above £10bn in the UK last year as companies more than doubled the amount they spent on mobile video ads. The year-on-year increase of 17% on 2015 comes as many advertisers have pulled campaigns from Google and YouTube after it emerged that some ads have been running around inappropriate content such as extremist videos.
Hundreds of advertisers have “paused” spending on YouTube – where 400 hours of videos are uploaded every minute – which has pledged to tighten controls on where ads appear, such as by banning them running on accounts with fewer than 10,000 viewers.
The Bafta shortlists offer an annual freeze-frame of trends in TV. And the most striking thing this year is that two of the strongest contenders have never been shown on television – as it has been understood for most of the 62 years over which these prizes have been given.
Streamed on Netflix, the second-Elizabethan drama The Crown, with five nominations, has received more individual recognition than any of the dramas screened by the BBC, British TV’s historically most powerful fiction creator.
Perhaps Facebook should carry a health warning. A study has revealed that the children who spend more time on online social networks feel less happy in almost all aspects of their lives.
The research by a team of economists at the University of Sheffield, to be presented at this week’s Royal Economic Society annual conference in Bristol, shows that the more time children spend chatting on Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram, the less happy they feel about their school work, the school they attend, their appearance, their family and their life overall. However, they do feel happier about their friendships.
Facebook is taking fresh action to prevent so-called revenge porn from being spread across its platforms. The social network is making it impossible to repost or share intimate images of people thought to have been uploaded without their permission once they have been identified as such and removed. The measure is being rolled out across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram but not WhatsApp. Campaigners welcomed the development.
Online abuse has been around for years, but the idiom of the troll has changed the landscape. Can they be reasoned with?
Today’s teenagers think Google and Google brands are cool, research funded by Google has found. Google published “It’s Lit: A guide to what teens think is cool”, a “magazine” compiling the results of its research into Generation Z, characterised as those aged from 13 to 17.
Married at First Sight may not inspire anyone to rush the altar, but the reality show is apparently motivating couples to visit a very different kind of place. A major boom in appointments at psychology clinics is being credited to the Channel Nine show, where the contestants frequently meet with therapists.
Tech-savvy paedophiles are using a series of digital techniques known as “masking” and “breadcrumbing” to hide illegal materials from regular web users online, while allowing others to track down criminal images and film by following a series of covert clues.
The trend was exposed by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) in its latest annual report, which covers new information on how child sex abuse images and videos are being hosted, distributed and identified online.
The irony is that we’re supposed to have voted for freedom, independence, a bonfire of the bureaucratic vanities. But meanwhile, over in Broadcasting House, the selfsame Conservative government that’s supposed to believe in all these liberating things is busy tying the BBC in more knots.
A dramatic rise in child sex abuse images online has raised concerns about the ability of authorities to stop illegal material from spreading across the internet as criminals create new ways to hide. The number of websites found to be hosting explicit and abusive images of children increased 20% in 2016 to 2,416, according to the Internet Watch Foundation’s annual report of potentially illegal sites.
Perhaps this has never been more true than for today’s young people – a generation divided from their predecessors by a revolution in technology and communications which is changing the way we live, love and work. This is perhaps the greatest era of change since the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries and it’s hard enough for us to keep up with their present let alone predict what their future might be – or how we can help them meet it.