Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-11-25T10:13:56+00:00November 24th, 2021| Cyber-flashing likely to become a criminal offence Ministers are working towards making cyber-flashing a criminal offence. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries reported that the unsolicited sending of obscene images will likely be in the scope of the upcoming Online Safety Bill. Online platforms that fail in their duty of care of users would face criminal sanctions. Cyber-flashing has been a criminal offence for over a decade in Scotland, but this has not extended to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Platforms need to “change their behaviour now” to safeguard users. Full story, here. Instagram launches test of longer videos in stories Instagram has launched a live test of 60-second-long videos on Stories. This means that longer clips will no longer be split into 15-second segments and played across multiple frames. The option is being tested by a small group of users. Longer videos aim to provide more creative freedom and further integrate Instagram’s video options to streamline content creation. This could allow users to post full Reels to Stories – merging both features. Full story, here. Plans to curb online abuse from anonymous accounts A proposed law would allow social media users to choose whether to verify their identity to curb online abuse. MP Siobhan Baillie proposed a law to amend the ‘gap’ in its approach to abuse and the impact of anonymity. This would give users the chance to verify their accounts, while users preferring to stay anonymous would be given a pseudonym and can choose to remain unverified. However, platforms should offer options to limit or block interactions with unverified users. The law aims to reduce online abuse and give greater control to social media users about who they interact with. Full story, here. Under 1 in 3 pupils turn to teachers when worried Research involving more than 45,000 pupils showed that less than a third of pupils would choose to speak to a teacher if feeling sad or worried. Only 29% reported to have spoken to a teacher about their feelings in the past, with 48% choosing to speak to a parent. Students reported various reasons for not speaking to teachers, including having lost trust in a teacher after hearing student worries discussed without consent. The same report found higher rates of student stress in schools graded as ‘outstanding’ and lower levels of reported wellbeing. 66% of students completing their GCSEs reported feeling overworked and two-fifths of pupils undergoing GCSE or A-levels reported poor sleep. Full story, here.