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Daily Safeguarding Update
Two-thirds of parents placed no restrictions on children’s internet use during lockdown
A recent survey has revealed that many parents have not made use of internet restrictions, despite acknowledging their responsibilities.
This news comes despite the growing concerns of online harms for parents, within the context of national lockdowns and increased times spent online.
The findings are from a Twitter poll conducted by Menlo Security earlier this month, drawing 10,447 responses.
Just under two-thirds (63%) of respondents said they had placed no restrictions on their child’s internet usage during lockdown.
Forty-three percent of parents claimed they had not taken safety precautions because they thought it wasn’t necessary, with 20% claiming they had not done so because they felt internet safeguarding was too hard to control.
Teacher jailed after grooming teenager on dating app
An IT teacher has been jailed for having sex with a 15-year-old boy he groomed on Grindr.
Bolton Crown Court heard how the 40-year-old groomed the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in a ‘sophisticated and highly effective manner’ between June and November 2019.
He pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child, three counts of possessing indecent images of a child, engaging in sexual communication with a child, inciting a child to watch sexual activity, and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Sentencing Slater to five years and three months imprisonment, the judge Recorder Alex Leach described the offences as “reprehensible”.
Influencer calls for the ban of filters on social media platforms
A social media influencer from East London has now called for social media platforms to ban face altering filters as they can cause unrealistic beauty expectations.
Faye Dickinson, 28, is the creator of the popular Instagram filter ‘Filter vs Reality’ that has been used by a number of famous faces such as Jameela Jamil and Jessie J, and has more than 171 million impressions.
The influencer created the filter as part of her goal to showcase how unrealistic social media can be.
She said “the idea was to create something unique to show people how these dramatic beauty filters rid selfies of skin textures, tones, scars, everything that makes you, and how it’s affecting our mental health”.