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Social Media

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Social Media Dangers

  • Cyberbullying

  • Cyber predators

  • Grooming

  • Posting private information

  • Live streaming videos

  • Offensive images and messages

  • Privacy and location - especially snapchat

  • Selling ‘Fortnite’ accounts (meeting seller)

  • Mental health issues

  • Doxxing (Posting other people’s personal information

       publicly online, such as name, address, telephone number)

  • Identity theft

Digital social media

Some Facts about Social Media

  • Research shows that child accounts can be directly targeted with graphic content within as little as 24 hours of creating an online social media account.

  • IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) annual report shows the growing risk to children being targeted by criminal sex predators.

  • In 2020 the IWF confirmed 68,000 cases of self-generated imagery. This accounted for 44% of the imagery which the IWF acted against.

  • Analysis shows victims are girls aged 11 to 13 in 80% of these cases.

  • Most incidents occur at night; therefore it is good to keep mobile phones downstairs during the evening.

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