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Welcome to our December newsletter.  We had a very busy November following the launch of the Stop, Speak Support campaign which was created by The Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on The Prevention of Cyberbullying.  It was launched during Anti-Bullying Week by The Duke of Cambridge amid a series of stories surrounding cyberbullying, released to raise awareness of the online issue.  

A new appointment was announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening to help improve Relationships Education, YouTube revealed policy changes to help improve child safety online and a host of high-profile speakers from the world of digital media attended The Children’s Global Media Summit this week. On Tuesday Internet Matters supported the launch of the BBC’s new Own It channel, which helps children learn how to stay safe online.

STOP, SPEAK, SUPPORT

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Internet Matters was delighted to support the Stop, Speak, Support campaign created by The Royal Foundation's Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying last month. The campaign, which was launched by The Duke of Cambridge, is the first online code for young people aged 11 - 16 to help prevent cyberbullying.

Internet Matters spent 18 months working with the Taskforce, which is made up of young people, industry and leaders in child online safety, to create the industry-wide response to online bullying. It came as a response to young people claiming they didn't have clear expectations or standards of behaviour to adhere to in their online world - despite enjoying social media, games and online forums.

Internet Matters CEO Carolyn Bunting joined the Duke of Cambridge and parents at the launch event at YouTube on November 16th, where she discussed the challenges faced by mums and dads across the country.

ANTI-BULLYING WEEK

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​Anti-Bullying Week kicked off on November 13th, with the theme: “All different, All Equal”

The theme was based on the views of almost 600 children, who completed a survey by the Anti-Bullying Alliance with some claiming they felt children were targeted over their differences.

During the week, the NSPCC released statistics showing that the number of children receiving counselling over cyberbullying had more than doubled in five years. They also found that children as young as nine had called NSPCC’s Childline with complaints over cyberbullying.

Online safety firm Smoothwall found that the number of cyberbullying incidents in school had increased by 37% in a year.  And more than a third of teachers admitted they aren’t confident they’d know how to spot the signs of cyberbullying.

Internet Matters offered support for the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s dedicated week by offering parents advice on how to tackle cyberbullying.

YOUTUBE ANNOUNCE POLICY CHANGE 

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YouTube have announced a series of changes to their policies in a bid to protect young people from comments online and potentially harmful content.

YouTube expanded their enforcement guidelines around removing content featuring minors that may be endangering a child, even if that was not the uploader’s intent and implemented age-restriction policies on content that includes family entertainment characters but contained mature themes or adult humour.  .

They are also applying new “machine learning” technology and automated tools to quickly find “potentially violative” content, which can then be flagged for human review. They implemented policies to age-restrict (only available to people over 18 and logged in) content with family entertainment characters but containing mature themes or adult humor. Starting last month, they launched a more ‘aggressive stance’ on turning off all comments on videos of minors where they see offensive comments.  YouTube is also working closely with creators to produce quality content for YouTube Kids.  For more information on the full rundown of changes click here.

LADY BEEBAN KIDRON AMENDMENT WINS SUPPORT
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An amendment from the crossbencher and film director Lady Beeban Kidron to the Data Protection bill going through the House of Lords has won the support of senior Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems.

Lady Kidron has called for technology companies to be subject to “minimum standards of age-appropriate design” to protect the privacy of children online.

Her amendment suggests age-appropriate design could include default privacy settings that are switched on for a user under 16, hiding GPS location and prevention of data being widely shared.

It also includes a bid to give children time off from notifications during school and bedtime hours and she has called on commercial content to be clearly presented to children.

IAN BAUCKHAM APPOINTED TO HELP EQUIP CHILDREN

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Education Secretary Justine Greening announced Ian Bauckham CBE will be advising the Department for Education on how relationships education should be taught in schools.

Mr Bauckham CBE, a former headteacher who spent more than 40 years in the teaching profession and recently headed up the Association of Schools and College Leaders, will speak to a range of groups, organisations, parents and children to update relationships and sex educations.

Ian Bauckham  said: “I am pleased to be able to contribute to this important work which will help to make our young people safer and better prepared for the complex world in which they will live".

A 2016 YouGov found that 91% of parents believe all pupils should receive lessons to teach them about the risks of sexting, as well as other online issues.

THE CHILDREN'S GLOBAL MEDIA SUMMIT

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The Children’s Global Media Summit kicked off on Tuesday and saw industry leaders come together to discuss the shape of digital media for Generation U.

The three-day summit at Manchester Central included a series of interesting speakers such as  Facebook Policy Director Simon Milner, Head of CBeebies Alison Stewart, BBC’s Director General Tony Hall, Baroness Joanna Shields, - the British government's special representative on internet crime, Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield and Professor Sonia Livingstone.  

Other celebrity contributors include McFly’s Tom Fletcher and comedian Iain Stirling.

BBC LAUNCH OWN IT!

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Internet Matters supported CBBC's launch of BBC Own It on Tuesday, which is the successor to BBC Stay Safe.

All content from BBC's Stay Safe has been redirected to the new BBC Own It site, which is now live. 

The new CBBC site offers children the ultimate internet survival guide, with tips and tricks on how to beat cyberbullies, become a super surfer and stay safe online.

For the full information click here.

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