Social Media

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said greater access to mental health support is urgently needed to counter a rise in online "bully culture". Ms Davidson has called for "vigorous" government action to tackle the pressures social media can bring to bear, particular on young people. Delivering the Williamson Lecture…
More than half of young people who experience stigma due to mental health problems say their own friends are the ones who bully them. A new poll of more than 2,000 11 to 24-year-olds for the YMCA found 38% felt stigmatised, with more than a third saying it happens at…
Internet trolls who create derogatory hashtags or post humiliating photoshopped images online could face prosecution under new legal guidelines. Social media is to be more stringently policed after the Crown Prosecution Service issued rules on offences for which online users can face criminal charges. Inciting people to harass others online,…
The internet can be a "playground for paedophiles", the NSPCC has warned after new figures suggested increasing numbers of children are raising concerns about online abuse and grooming. Statistics from Childline, a service provided by the charity, show counselling sessions for youngsters worried about online sexual abuse jumped by 24%…
Autistic people are vulnerable to sliding into cyber crime and potentially being targeted by organised gangs, experts have said. The warning comes as the National Crime Agency - Britain's version of the FBI - is looking into links between autism and cyber crime after many alleged hackers were found to…
Parents who buy electronic gadgets for their children this Christmas have been warned about the risks of online grooming following an alarming rise in reported cases. In 2014/15 ChildLine carried out a total of 378 counselling sessions about the issue - an increase of 42% on the previous year, NSPCC…
Social networking sites are not doing enough to protect children from online dangers such as sexual abuse and cyber bullying, the NSPCC has warned. The charity has accused companies of being more concerned about their profits than trying to protect youngsters from predators and bullies. Thousands of children have asked…
The number of web pages found with images of child sexual abuse soared by 137% last year, a UK internet watchdog has revealed. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said it removed 31,266 URLs hosting pictures and videos of children being sexually abused in 2014, compared with 13,182 in 2013. It…
People who share sexually explicit images without consent could be jailed for up to two years from today, as new revenge porn laws come into force. Campaigners and victims have welcomed the move, which means those who post private, sexual images of someone without consent and with the intent to…
An academic from the University of West London's (UWL) School of Psychology, Social Work and Human Sciences, presented research at a recent conference about the risks that children face online. Organised by the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission, delegates from across the UK attended the event titled Protecting Our Children…
Research is to be carried out for the first time in Scotland to help deal with the "new challenges" posed by online bullying, Learning Minister Alasdair Allan said. The work, which will look at how bullying and cyber-bullying overlap and the most effective ways of dealing with them, has been…
A report has called on the executive to do more to protect children using the internet and social media. An estimated 80% of children go online every day, some for five hours or more. Research carried out by the National Children's Bureau (NCB) in Northern Ireland recommends a more co-ordinated…
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