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Welcome to our July Newsletter.

With the arrival of new features on popular apps such as Snap Maps and yet another live streaming app Live.me we have been busy raising awareness among parents about the importance of safety settings on social apps. We are also continuing to reach out to parents throughout the summer holidays with our #screensafe campaign.  

In the past month, Internet Matters has welcomed Facebook’s new Online Civil Courage Initiative and supported both the Revenge Porn Helpline and Friendly WiFi’s Good To Know campaign.

We are also delighted to welcome Dr Emma Bond from the University of Suffolk and the PSHE Association to our Expert Advisory Panel; their insight will enable us to continue to respond to emerging online trends and help us offer parents the most up to date advice.

Stay Safe In The Sun And On Screen

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Internet Matters is getting out and about this summer to raise awareness among parents about the importance of keeping children screen safe this summer.

We’ll be giving out free sunscreen at a series of summer festivals with handy safety tips attached to each sachet.

The aim is to remind parents that they need to protect their children both indoors and outdoors - as their kids will spend time exploring the web this summer.

We will kick off our sunscreen giveaway this month at Cbeebies Summer Social on 8th – 9th July at MediaCity, Salford Quays.

We will be asking parents to share their own practical online safety tips using the hashtag #screensafe to get them engaged with the campaign.

Facebook Launch UK Online Civil Courage Initiative

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Facebook launched their Online Civil Courage Initiative last week in a bid to clamp down on extreme content and help support people who are speaking out against violence and extremism.

The OCCI in the UK will help NGOs and anti-terrorism groups monitor and respond to extremism, offer creative support and ad credits for counter-speech campaigns and connect NGOs with experts.

It will also provide help fund research on extremism as Facebook recognises that radicalisation can occur online too.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said: "There is no place for terrorism anywhere in society – and that includes Facebook and any of our online platforms.

"We know that we need to come together to stop if from spreading. I’m grateful to all of our partners – Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Tell Mama UK, Imams Online, More In Common, Community Security Trust (CST) and ICSR for their dedication to working together to create a world of safety and peace."

Our Expert Advisory Panel Expands

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We would like to welcome Dr Emma Bond, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science at the University of Suffolk and the PSHE Association, an organisation dedicated to ensuring young people high quality personal, social, health and economic education, to our Expert Advisory Panel.

The EAP is made of a select group of online safety experts, who specialise in protecting children online, and help advise us on ensuring we have the most up-to-date and relevant resources. We thank them for giving us their valuable time.

Internet Matters Backs Calls For Businesses to Adopt Safer WiFi
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Internet Matters has backed a new campaign calling for businesses to adopt family friendly WiFi to stop children accessing inappropriate content.

The certification scheme Friendly WiFi has launched #Itsgoodtoknow, to help the UK become one of the safest places for children online.

Venues that display the Friendly WiFi symbol have Wi-Fi filters which deny access to pornography and webpages known by the Internet Watch Foundation to host indecent images of children and advertisements or links to such content.

Starbucks, Tesco and IKEA are among the high-street giants who have the approved symbol.

Revenge Porn Helpline Turn To Crowd-Funding

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Internet Matters is helping to raise awareness of the Revenge Porn helpline, which has turned to crowdfunding in a bid to stay open.

The helpline, which offers advice to victims, also advises media, policy makers, industry and law enforcement about the growing issue of revenge pornography and internet-enabled blackmail.

Visit the organisation’s crowdfunding page here.

Snapchat Introduces Snap Maps 

Social NetworkingSnapchat launched Snap Maps allowing users to share their location and see what’s going on around them.

The new feature shows the precise location of each user - pinpointed on a map.

Internet Matters has called on parents to be aware of the new location features and encourages Snapchat users not to share their location especially with people they don’t know in person.

We issued advice to parents on how to get to grips with the three available location settings here with further information on Snap Maps visit the apps information page here.

Concerns raised over Live.ly Streaming App

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The live video-streaming app came under scrutiny after Channel 4 researchers found that out of 147 videos they saw, they found 30 videos contained sexually explicit questions and 25 referenced body parts.

Internet Matters issued advice to parents explaining how the app works here and urged them to take caution when deciding whether or not their children should use the app.

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