News Digest, May 2016

News Digest, May 2016

Online bullying makes kids aggressive

Have you ever been bullied in school, college or social media? A new study shows that the combined effect of both face-to-face and cyber-bullying may increase the risk of aggressive behaviour in teenagers. These teenagers were twice as likely to show aggressive behaviours themselves like verbal hostility, physical fighting and damaging property.

The Health Site

Parents in East Kilbride warned about the websites that put kids most at risk and that contain explicit material

Parents in East Kilbride have been warned about the risks of the internet after websites were named as containing explicit material. Figures collected by the NSPCC show 50 per cent of school children admit they’ve seen sexual, violent and other adult material on social media sites, apps and games.

Mark Pirie, Daily Record

Six out of 10 children’s online pals aren’t ‘real’ friends with almost half accepting requests from total strangers

Six out of ten children’s social media followers are not ‘real’ friends, a new survey has discovered. It also revealed that Glasgow is the social media capital of the UK, with its kids posting online an average of 47 times a day – three times more than a child from Brighton, who will make just 13 posts.

Stephen Jones, Mirror

This Resource Can Help Protect Your Kids Online

Most parents are horrified by the idea of a child being sexually exploited. Ontarians are reeling from the recent news that in just the last three months, more than 2,000 unique IP addresses were identified by police for suspected activity related to child pornography, among them a Grade 3 teacher and youth scouts leaders.

Huffington Post

Teaching online safety to kids should be mandatory

When announcing 80 sexual assault and child pornography related arrests in a province-wide investigation at the end of April, OPP Det. Staff Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt added, “The internet provides the perfect tool for people to be able to go out and find this material.” Not only find but also be found. Sometimes, potential victims are first contacted via popular social media platforms.

Catherine Little, The Star

Should parents pay for kids’ online threats against schools?

When violent threats target a school building, it’s difficult, and perhaps impossible, to put a price on student safety. But as school districts and law-enforcement officers across Ohio spend thousands of dollars investigating hazards and hoaxes, a newly proposed state law could force a student perpetrator’s family to foot the bill.

Alissa Widman Neese, The Columbus Dispatch

Spying smart toys – How to protect your kids from exposure online

In today’s day and age we see a huge amount of excitement around finding the biggest and best presents for kids. Not only this, children are encouraged to surf the web and use mobile apps from a young age. We are seeing toddlers trading toy cars and stuffed animals for tablets and mobile devices. Children are so attracted to having games and electronic devices to play with, they unwittingly give over their personal details without a second thought. Children are now so au fait with technology that it’s not unusual for children under the age of 4 to play with their tablets, mobile devices and watching TV right before bed.

Alexandra Gheorghe, Good Gear Guide

Children’s Online Access To Porn Is Now A Public Health Crisis

Pornography is now the most prominent sex educator for most young people, with widespread use of computers, tablets and smartphones making it ‘impossible’ for them not to see it, says Australian Childhood Foundation CEO Dr Joe Tucci.

The Huffington Post

Man posed as fashion blogger to groom kids online

A man who pretended to be the beauty and fashion blogger Zoe Sugg, Zoella, in order to groom children online has been jailed for eight years.

Sunshine Coast Newspaper

US, UK paedophiles ‘grooming’ Malaysian kids online

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have formed a special investigation team to probe a string of cases involving foreign paedophiles who prey on Malaysian children online. The Children’s Cyber Sexual Investigation team, established early this month, is investigating cases where these paedophiles get Malaysian children, some as young as 14, to record videos for them via the Internet.

New Straits Times Online

Online Gaming And Chat Rooms Give Sexual Predators Direct Access To Your Kids, And Open The Door To Sextortion

With the advent of the internet, social media, online gaming and chat rooms, people of all ages have access to the other side of the world — and your children — with just one click. This can open the door to a crime being dubbed “sextortion,” which some adults don’t know how to handle safely, so how can your children be expected to?

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