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Instagram new Threads 'Auto Status' option isn't great, here's why

Instagram is Teacher's pet in Facebook, the boss loves Instagram and lavishes praise on them publically.  Instagram is doing really well in terms of advertising and active daily users. Instagram has a billion users and hundreds of millions of active daily users. Some people have even called it, the deal of the century when Zuckerberg bought Instagram for billion dollars in 2012. That's a dollar a user, better than striking oil. 

Instagram Threads is a new feature in it's 'Close Friends' option.  The new 'Auto Status' facility is causing a stir. It tells people (close friends) 1. Where you are 2. What you are doing 3. Possibly, your mood | Note - Even when you are not using Instagram but in a passive mode. Instagram says you have to enable it, so what!

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APPChat Day Seminar Online Safety, Social Media for Parents, Guardians, 7th Sept

A day seminar, Saturday 7th Sept on the important topic of social media, online safety. Our company runs 100’s of Schools talks annually in the UK and Ireland around this subject, bringing fresh thinking and an alternative point of view.

Schools and Teachers have been left to deal with this on their own, many Teachers resent this, in both primary and post primary Schools because there are so many sensitive embracing topics Sexting, Hate messaging, cyber bullying, Snapchat incidents etc. 

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Internet Safety Talks for Children - 5th, 6th Class (Age 10-12)

For ages 10-12, we chat to classes about both platforms and what they have to be careful of and why these platforms pose a risk for them. Children often create multiple accounts and neglect important privacy settings. Our talks help kids understand the importance of their privacy and why it’s dangerous and "uncool” to showcase their lives online.

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Internet Safety Talks for Kids ages 2nd - 4th Class (Age 6-9)

Children are vulnerable, but they are even more vulnerable if they are not equipped with the knowledge to protect themselves.

We explain the importance of friend selection online. Often children accept friend requests from people they don’t know simply because they want to increase their number of friends online.

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75% of us, don't care about our personal internet safety

Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan Howe really annoyed the Prime Minister, Theresa May, when she was Home Secretary. She agreed with his stance on cyber crime, but not the way he went about it. He suggested Police would be slow to investigate online security crimes where the individuals failed to take online protection seriously especially having an 'upto date' anti virus. He openly backed banks, credit card providers doing the same, not refunding customers losses. She disliked the way he went about it, she's not so so keen on the other guy in the photo below either. 

 

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Internet Safety Tips for Kids - Keeping Kids Safe Online

At BeSecureOnline, we believe that knowledge is power and by informing both yourself and your children of the dangers of the internet – you can help make the internet a safer place.

Internet safety for kids is at the heart of our business. We provide internet safety talks for kids and teens year round and have developed a realistic, fun approach to addressing issues and the dangers the internet often presents.

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Internet Safety win over Instagram

Is it possible that the internet is being taken back by a silent majority who is finally making its voice heard, expressing its dismay about internet safety and the shocking content found on some platforms.

Following some menacing threats from the British Government, Health Secretary Matt Hancock pressured Facebook into announcing that Instagram would intervene and take down self-harm content. 

Is this the start of something big or simply a cynical defense move?

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SnapChat Safety Guidelines – What parents need to know.

Before we dive into our safety guidelines – we’ll briefly explain what SnapChat is and how it works. Don’t worry most parents haven’t the faintest idea what or how it works.

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Can Social Media be blamed for high teen suicide rates in the UK?

Social Media and the amount of time we spend online has a greater affect on our lives and mental health than we, as adults, can often comprehend.

Our children have an even less understanding of the impact social media, online bullying and instant gratification has on their day to day lives and overall happiness.

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Facebook Privacy Settings – Are your settings secure enough?

Essentially, the best way to protect yourself on Facebook is to delete your account altogether. 

If that’s a little extreme, then below are a few internet safety steps you can take in the meantime.

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