Vodafone has issued a warning to parents and carers about sharing too much information about your children's lives online. It also shared some tips on how you can carry on sharing, in a safer manner.
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In a bid to make the internet a safer space for teenagers, Google is making changes to many of its major products. SafeSearch will be enabled by default for teens and YouTube uploads will be private.
Facebook's Instagram is working on a slew of changes to its platform that aim to protect children on its platform. This includes blocking DMs from adults to teens who don't follow them.
The Safer Internet Day campaign is marking its 18th birthday today. It provides resources for children, parents and carers, teachers and educators and more to make the internet a safer place.
Microsoft and UNICEF have announced a new version of Primero called Primero X. It will help social service workers around the world deliver better quality care to children and women.
The UK charity, Internet Watch Foundation, has reported an increase in reports of child sexual abuse content online. It said the lockdown meant more people were online and uncovering illegal content.
Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) is investigating Instagram over the handling of children's data. If the app is found to have broken privacy laws, the regulator could issue a heavy fine.
Google and Facebook have been asked to stop behavioural advertising and the tracking of people under the age of 18. Signatories argue kids don't understand how their data is being used.
The UN ITU has warned that children are being forced online by COVID-19 at an earlier age than their parents anticipated. It said that this leaves children vulnerable to harassment and bullying.
The COVID-19 lockdown in the UK has brought the issue of digital poverty to the forefront. Many families in the country do not have access to a suitable computer or internet connection for education.
Ofcom has published a new report which shows how children were using digital devices and services in 2019. It found that more than 50% of children had a smartphone by the age of 10.
In a recently published study, researchers claim that increased screen usage by children is directly correlated with decreased white matter integrity, which plays a vital role in cognition.
O2 and the NSPCC have published new information from a study on 2,000 children in the UK and their online habits. They hope to help parents with online matters with the re-launched Net Aware site.
The UK's digital regulator, Ofcom, could gain new powers next year which will allow it to fine tech companies that fail to remove inappropriate content from their platforms that children may see.
A UK watchdog has set out new rules that firms should follow when it comes to designing online services. The rules encourage services to put children's data privacy as a top priority.
Google has announced a new AI tool that is now part of its Content Safety API. The new tool is intended to help organisations find and remove child sexual abuse materials on their platforms.
A new UK survey shows that 86% of interviewed parents do not pay any mind to age ratings for video games. Only 23% had the same to say regarding movies, which raises some interesting questions.
Facebook has launched Messenger Kids for Android. The software lets parents tightly control who their children can interact with on the app, and chats can be easily reviewed as they can't be deleted.
Google has set out five measures that it plans to roll out on YouTube in order to make the website for family-friendly. Over the course of the last year, the site has had to adapt due to controversy.
The German telecoms regulator has decided to ban some smartwatches aimed at children due to privacy and security concerns. The decision follows a report which said the watches have security flaws.
Amazon has rolled out a new tool to help you monitor what your teenage children are doing on the shopping platform. The tool lets you set spend limits and approve different attempted purchases.
The verbal war about cross-platform play between Sony and Microsoft continues. This time, Xbox head Phil Spencer has lashed out against Sony's defense for rejecting the functionality.
An upcoming update to Minecraft introduces 4K visuals and cross-play. Sony has revealed why it rejected Microsoft's offer to allow PlayStation users to play with gamers on all other platforms.
Amazon is now letting customers refund in-app purchases if the purchase was unauthorised. Refunds will be offered to users until May 28, 2018. The refund process can be done entirely online.
The withdrawal of an appeal made by Amazon with the US Federal Trade Commission potentially opens the door for parents to claim back money that their children have spent while playing games.
A German government agency is telling parents they should dispose of, or destroy, a smart toy that connects to the internet, because it's easily hackable and could be used to spy on their children.
Known as Aristotle, a new smart speaker is set to equip children with AI functionality from soothing music to foreign language tuition. Aristotle is packed with both Amazon Alexa and a local AI.
Facebook has rolled out what it calls the 'Parents Portal'. The aim of the site is to help parents protect their kids when using the social media website. It focuses on basics and best practices.
Google has announced that its child-friendly YouTube Kids app will now support the premium YouTube Red service allowing kids to watch videos ad-free, and download them for offline viewing.
In an attempt to remove media which might be harmful for children, a government body in Germany has presumably removed 27 games from the Steam store, including the entire Postal series.
Xiaomi has announced a new smartwatch aimed at kids called the Mi Bunny. Coming in both pink and blue, it has a number of features including route tracking and the ability to make voice calls.
It was recently discovered that pedophiles are utilizing secret groups on Facebook to trade images of children. Some of the groups have been actually found to not be violative of Facebook's rules.
According to a recent study, young people now spend more time online than watching television. A majority of children now reportedly watch shows through on-demand services or through YouTube.
Microsoft employees are offering a range of workshops and tutorials over the coming weeks, to support Code.org's 'Hour of Code', which aims to deliver basic coding skills to younger people.
The Kurio Smart tablet has a high-def 8.9-inch display and includes a detachable keyboard, pre-installed child-friendly games and apps, and a one-year Office 365 subscription.
In a recent research by an online store, it seems that children would prefer to learn computer programming more than learn a foreign language. However, this was seen by some as an "easy option."
A recent study has revealed that banning students from using their phones at school improved their test results. It also showed significant improvement of the test scores of underachieving students.
An app that can see almost everything that children are doing on their smartphones, along with their location will be launched in the UK later this year for parents. Does this present a privacy issue?
A law has been expanded in Taiwan that obliges parents to regulate their children's time on the usage of electronic devices. The law now also equates excessive gadget use with smoking and drinking.
Google is going to launch child-friendly versions of its most popular services sometime next year. These will supposedly only return content appropriate for kids and will limit chances of mishaps.