Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-10-29T09:10:35+00:00October 28th, 2021| Ditch the Label releases ‘The Wireless Report 2021” Youth charity Ditch the Label has released ‘The Wireless Report 2021’. This is a comprehensive report into how young people aged 13-25 are currently engaging with and using social media and technology. Over 13,000 respondents across the UK provided their insights into online behaviours, time spent on platforms and how young people compare themselves with others. Key findings shows that 4-in-10 children and young people experienced online abuse and only 15% believe that social networks and apps they use have sufficient moderation. 1-in-4 children have received unwanted sexual messages or images from strangers online, with 21% reporting that they were at least 10 years older than them. 1-in-5 children regularly compare themselves, their successes, and their happiness to people they follow online. Full report, here. The scope and scale of child sexual abuse online The WeProtect Global Alliance published a report last week outlining the scale and scope of child sexual exploitation and abuse online around the world. The survey included responses from more than 5,000 18- to-20-year- olds in 54 countries around the world who had regular access to the internet as children. Findings showed that 54% of respondents had experienced at least one online sexual harm during childhood and 34% had been asked to do something sexually explicit online they were uncomfortable with. 65% of respondents who identified as LGBQ+ experienced an online sexual harm, compared to 46% who didn’t identify as LGBQ+. Technology companies surveyed showed most are using tools to detect child sexual abuse material, but only 37% currently use tools to detect online grooming. Full report, here. Dating app ‘Hinge’ adds voice notes and voice prompts to dating profiles The dating app ‘Hinge’ is adding new audio features to profiles and messages. New updates let users answer “getting to know you” prompts on their profile using audio clips and exchange voice notes in chat with other users. The feature rolled out globally on Wednesday. Voice is the new dimension for digital dating. Other dating apps like ‘Bumble’ and ‘Happn’ have already accommodated voice notes in their apps and ‘String’ only allows voice communication. Dating apps aren’t designed with children and young people in mind and they could be exposed to age-inappropriate interactions and potential harm. For more information on dating apps and risks for young people, check out our blog post. Full story, here.