Phil Segal

What parents need to know about cross-platform sharing of inappropriate content

Anyone can post anything online. It’s simultaneously one of the internet’s most joyous qualities and one of its greatest perils. For every upload that’s heart-warming, helpful or just plain hilarious, you’ll find – unfortunately – an equal amount of content that is shocking, frightening or upsetting … particularly to young eyes and ears. Some of this material is …

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What parents need to know about Discord

Launched in 2015, Discord has steadily emerged as a major player in the online communication marketplace – certainly as far as gamers are concerned. Indeed, with the ability to coordinate gameplay and talk tactics with multiple fellow players in real time, it has also become the collaborative platform of choice for many professional e-sports competitors. …

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Online Safety for Under 5s: 10 Top Tips for Parents and Carers

While not directly relevant to our students, many have younger siblings and cousins. For today’s pre-schoolers, digital devices are as much a part of their everyday entertainment as Lego and colouring books were for previous generations. With many parents and carers having justified concerns, however, over problems like exposure to inappropriate content and picking up …

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Loneliness online: what causes it and ways to feel better

Whether it’s their family, friends or teachers, children are almost always surrounded by people – so the possibility of them feeling lonely doesn’t naturally occur to us. It came as a troubling surprise, then, when the UK’s Office for National Statistics collected data showing that more than one out of ten 10–15-year-olds frequently feels lonely. …

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What parents need to know about group chats

Many people prefer group chats to wider social networking platforms, which involve a relentless stream of updates from our contacts – regardless of whether we actually want to know what they’ve been up to. By contrast, group chats offer us greater control over who we communicate with, and more privacy while we’re doing it. That doesn’t …

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What parents need to know aboutthe Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2022

Digital technology, and its increased influence on our lives, remains a keenly debated topic as the world takes further tentative steps into ‘the new normal’. Central to that conversation, of course, are the ways that young people’s online activities – which naturally evolve rapidly, even without the seismic shock of a pandemic – are developing …

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What parents need to know about Facebook

Most people know the story by now. What started out as a morally questionable (but technically accomplished) mechanism for rating female college students’ pictures evolved into the flagship platform of a planet-spanning multi-billion-dollar empire – making a household name of its creator and adding an entirely new dimension to the 21st-century concept of ‘friendship’. Facebook’s …

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What parents need to know about phone scams

Financial Fraud Action estimates that, in the UK, a financial scam is committed every 15 seconds. Some of these dishonest schemes continue to take the traditional route through our letterboxes or onto our doorsteps – but an increasing majority now target that commanding gateway to our attention that’s with us throughout our waking hours: our …

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