Parents/Carers News

25 April 2017

This article is produced by Penny Patterson Havering Education Services April 2017. (You can download the document here)


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.



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.

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And a further article here

22 March 2017

What is spear phishing?
"Phishing uses behavioural psychology to trick victims into trusting the attacker in order to obtain sensitive information," said Paul Bischoff of Comparitech, who also talked to Zed.
"Spear phishing is less prevalent, but far more dangerous. Spear phishing targets an individual or small group of people. The attacker can gather personal information about their target to build a more believable persona."

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