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What Parents and Carers Need to Know about OFCOM’s Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2023
Did you know that a fifth of 3- and 4-year-olds in the UK have their own mobile phone? Or that one in five of the 8- to 17-year-olds who play online games chat to people they don’t know while they’re gaming? Those are just two of the surprising (and, for many, disconcerting) statistics highlighted by Ofcom’s recently published ‘Media Use and Attitudes’ report.
It’s well worth a read, but weighing in at 50 pages of fairly densely packed data, we appreciate that it’s the sort of thing parents and teachers might not always have time for. So our #WakeUpWednesday guide this week is an at-a-glance breakdown of some of the report’s headline findings, from device usage to online spending habits.
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If you’ve ever worried about children seeing content online that’s not appropriate for their age, becoming the victim of cyber-bullying or naively giving out personal information to strangers over the internet, then you’re not alone. Those are three of the most common concerns for parents and carers in relation their child’s digital activities.
That’s just one of the findings of this year’s ‘Media Use and Attitudes’ report – Ofcom’s annual ‘temperature check’ of how children and young people are engaging with the digital world and what trends we’re seeing emerge. This week’s #WakeUpWednesday guide brings trusted adults some of the report’s most relevant – and, perhaps, most concerning – discoveries.
Your Online Safety News
In this week’s round-up, we’ve got stories on the first US state to ban TikTok on personal devices; WhatsApp’s new security features to help protect users from hacks; and three British men being charged over an online banking scam.
WhatsApp and other apps oppose 'surveillance'
WhatsApp, Signal and other messaging services have urged the UK government to rethink its Online Safety Bill amid concerns it could undermine end-to-end encryption.
State of Montana bans TikTok on personal devices
Montana has become the first US state to pass legislation banning TikTok on personal devices following fears of a national security risk caused by gathering users’ data.
Aussie rules chief 'exasperated' by online racial abuse
Australian rules football’s CEO has been left "exasperated" by a slew of racist abuse on social media, causing great disruption to the game.
WhatsApp adds new security measures to reduce hacks
WhatsApp is launching new features to help protect users from impersonation and malware, while providing more assurances about who they are communicating with.
Twitter forced to remove targeted harmful content
Australia’s eSafety commissioner has forced Twitter to remove harmful content targeting former government staff member Brittany Higgins and her partner.-
Three charged over online banking fraud
Three men have been charged as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into a site which enabled criminals to subvert banking anti-fraud measures.-
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