Daily Safeguarding Update admin2022-01-10T12:10:36+00:00January 10th, 2022| TikTok’s testing a new option to invite connections in other apps TikTok is testing a new feature where users can invite connections in other apps to view content and follow their profile. The option is currently available to some users. Content can be shared in various third-party apps. Users are re-directed to the video and automatically follow the account that posted the content. A date for the wider release of this feature hasn’t been announced yet. Full story, here. UK data watchdog seeks talks with Meta over child protection concerns The UK’s data watchdog is seeking clarification from Meta about parental controls on its virtual reality (VR) headset. Campaigners have warned that the VR headset may breach an online children’s safety code. The Information’s Commissioner’s Office said it was planning “further discussions” with Facebook and Instagram. The headset’s lack of parental controls means parents are unable to block content. This could expose young users to the threat of abuse and harmful content on the platform. Full story, here. Calls to male sexual abuse helpline double in 2021 More than 7,000 calls, texts and emails were received by Safeline’s male helpline in 2021. This is more than double the calls made in 2020. It’s estimated that as many as one in 6 men have been sexually abused or assaulted but very few ask for help. The Charity’s Chief Executive Neil Henderson said that they are “seeing a lot more younger people seeking support now”. Organisations are aware of more reports related to dating apps and websites. The organisations encourage changes to the sex education curriculum. This should cover consent, remove shame from sex and disclosing abuse to help men and boys to overcome stigma. Full story, here. Drug lines into Norwich and Norfolk halved in 2021 More than half of drug lines into Norwich and Norfolk have been stamped out by officers in the past 12 months. Norfolk’s Police County lines leader reports that drug-related crimes are expected to reduce in 2022. There are now under 30 lines into Norwich and Norfolk, compared to 75 in November 2019. Fewer than 10 are classed as the ‘highest harm’ where exploitation of children and indications of weapon carrying have been identified. For more information on county lines, check out our blog post. Full story, here. Welsh Government announces new Children’s Commissioner for Wales Rocio Cifuentes has been announced as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales. She will take up the position in April 2022, when Sally Holland’s tenure ends. The Commissioner promotes and protects children’s rights and ensures that the Welsh Government’s policies and legislation benefit children and young people. Cifuentes is the chief executive of the Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team (EYST). EYST is the leading organisation supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Full story, here. Warning from Police for children’s devices Humberside Police are encouraging parents to check the security and safety settings on any electronic devices bought at Christmas. Detective Sergeant Patrick Morfitt from Humberside’s Police Online Investigation Team stresses the importance of checking settings. Parents should ensure that parental controls are set up and should discuss how to stay safe online with their children. For more resources, check out our first device blog. Full story, here.