Adults who work with Young People News

25 April 2017

'You may well have seen news and social media posts about ‘Blue Whale’, the posts urge you to share to protect young people from a viral suicide game.

The ‘Blue Whale’ story is a hoax, or fake news, something which is permeating almost every news area recently...'


This article is produced by Penny Patterson at Havering Education Services explores and explains how the online and paper media exploit parents' fears about the potential dangers of social media.

All parents and adults who work with young people should take a few minutes to read this.


Download the document here

 Further reading 



here is a Buzzfeed investigative article on the subject.


12 April 2017

Mainstream media consider sexting to be normal.

'Data shows that sexting is a highly popular pastime enjoyed by men and women alike. As you might expect, it's most common among sexually active digital natives (i.e. teens and young adults). However, it's not only the young'uns sending out pics of their junk. Polls show that sexting is a hobby enjoyed by all sexually active age groups—right on up to retirees. Your grandparents—or at least, some of their friends—are now sexting.'

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05 April 2017

Facebook is taking fresh action to prevent so-called revenge porn from being spread across its platforms.
The social network is making it impossible to repost or share intimate images of people thought to have been uploaded without their permission once they have been identified as such and removed.
The measure is being rolled out across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram but not WhatsApp.

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05 April 2017

'It has been reported as real news here in the U.S. in recent weeks, just as it was earlier in eastern Europe, and what a dark, disrespectful message it sends about young people in any country. I’m talking about coverage of the so-called “Blue Whale suicide game” that started in Russia. And while even the term “fake news” seems to be morphing into something else now, this is the real, original version that’s misleading and scaring parents.

read more


And a further article here


And Buzzfeed did an indepth investidation here

31 March 2017

Webinar with Julien Blanchez: Google's Global Security & Compliance Strategist on Friday 24th of March 2017 at 2pm.

Julien talks about security, data protection, data control and compliance for UK schools using G Suite for Education.

Do you have questions about Google's data centres? How Google protects your data? What security certifications
does G Suite for Education have? Is there more that you as an IT admin can do to protect your users online?