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Smart Teenager talks about reality of social media, We respond,

A Bristol teenager writes. "I feel that screen limits should depend on the kid. My brother is driven to do anything restricted from him. Screen time is annoying especially now during corona because I only get 20 minutes of Snapchat and less than 3 on other social media apps"

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Zoom is making internet safety talks popular again

Zoom is making it easy and affordable for schools to get the best internet safety talks. It's a great way to reach everyone to discuss TikTok, Snapchat, bullying, gaming addiction, and online reputation in primary and secondary. Sessions usually start at 8pm. 

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Instagram Privacy Settings

The best setting there is Private. Setting up Instagram for online safety.
Here are the steps for setting up Instagram's private profile setting it done, for iPhone and Android Phones: This way only invited friends can enjoy your Instagram.

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‘If your Teen has several thousand followers she will get bullied’ Mark Zuckerburg, Founder, Facebook.

Facebook research says people using fake names & profiles are 5 times more likely to bully others. To protect their users they delete over 2 billion accounts every quarter. The Policeman’s Guide to happy social media for kids developed by the ‘City of Tokyo Police’ and copied by Police Forces worldwide. It is a simple plan for protecting young kids who love social media. This approach is based on a simple philosophy.

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COVID19 - KILLING TIME WITH KIDS ONLINE

Changes to everyday life due to the Coronavirus, we need to help our kids, tweens and teenagers adjust to the new and unfamiliar situation of indefinite school and childcare creche closings.

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Finally, the list you really need!

Text is one of the main ways kids avoid being caught by parents. Text is now commonplace in everything so much so it's officially becoming part of the language.  102. 420 – Marijuana, 104. CD9 – Code 9 – it means parents are around, 108. NIFOC – Nude In Front Of The Computer

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THE TROUBLE WITH TIKTOK

How to set up TikTok
 

The Sun Newspaper in London has issued a stark investigation about TikTok, suggesting it is completely unfit for purpose for children, whilst the article is poorly written, there is a strong grain of truth in it. TikTok has grown hugely since its former life ad Music.ly. Now known as TikTok and in Chinese ownership for the last two year.

The problem is quite simple. TikTok’s minimum age is 13, Tiktok does nothing during the sign-up process to check  - meaning huge numbers of children join below the required age with no legal protection. TikTok also serves adverts and recommendations which may not be suitable for children. Families will find it is difficult to contact TikTok to get videos taken down.

Even truthful 13-year-olds are then given an option to make their accounts public.

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ARE PHONES KEEPING BULLYING ALIVE IN SCHOOLS?

SmartPhone's are keeping bullying alive.

This is the opinion of leading American experts in MIT. Schoolyard bullying has been seriously reduced since 1999. Sadly the bullies many of whom are cowards have taken to cyberbullying instead. Online bullying is the only form of bullying growing. This ain't what Steve Jobs brought the world the iPhone to do.

  • 34% of kids will experience cyberbullying as kids
  • Girls are twice as likely to be the victims of cyberbullying.
  • Victims of cyberbullying have a higher risk of depression, even compared to victims of traditional bullying face to face.
  • Children are 7 times more likely to be cyberbullied by friends than by strangers.
  • Children who are bullied are 9 times more likely to be the victim of identity fraud as well
     

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Don't spend a penny on your children's online protection, here's how!

Kids Go Free, sometimes!

As parents and guardians, we want our children to be protected online and use the net safely. The good news is there's much we can do for free. Good parenting means setting up parental controls on the devices our kids use to access the internet.

Much as we'd like to be there for our kids every minute of every day, we just can't. But using free parental control, we can manage this worrying issue effectively, there's a great number of things we can do for out of the box for free.

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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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