Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-12-17T10:11:41+00:00December 16th, 2021| Parents urged to talk to children as young as nine about online porn The Children’s Commissioner for England is urging parents to talk to their children about online pornography and sexual harassment when they are as young as 9 or 10. Concerns have been growing about the ease of access to and damaging impact of online pornography on young children. Parents are being encouraged to “talk early and talk often” to their children in an age-appropriate way to be prepared for the risks of the online world. Check out our blog post on how to handle harmful content. Full story, here. Snapchat launches ‘Story Studio’ app to facilitate video content creation Snapchat has launched a new ‘Story Studio’ app to selected users. The app provides a simplified, streamlined means to create more complex vertical videos which can be uploaded into the main app. The app is only available to iOS users in the US, UK, and Canada. This follows the release of Meta’s ‘Spark AR Go’ app, which facilitates simplified AR creation. Full story, here. Young people at risk from county lines exploitation in possible lockdown The Children’s Society charity warns that another lockdown could put young people at further risk of exploitation from county lines drugs gangs. The issue has grown in the last five years, and lockdowns can leave children more at risk from exploitation. Lockdowns and holiday periods can leave children feeling more isolated due to school closures. For more information on county lines, check out our blog post. Full story, here. Schools preparing for possible online term due to COVID-19 variant Schools across the UK say they are prepared to switch to online learning if they have to next term. UK schools have been advised to reopen next term under current guidance. Contingency plans include children bringing laptops home and creating timetables, especially when classes need to be taught in “bubbles” next term. Some schools in Wales have already opted to move into online learning, whilst unions in Northern Ireland have called for a ‘staggered return’. Full story, here. Scotland’s children’s commissioner wants sex survey paused Scotland’s children’s commissioner, Bruce Adamson, has called for a controversial sex survey of schoolchildren to be paused. The Health and Wellbeing Census included questions asking pupils about their experience of drug use, alcohol consumption and sex. The commissioner’s concern is that the anonymous survey could identify children. Adamson maintains that the survey must protect children’s right to privacy and to give informed consent. Full story, here.