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Welcome to our January newsletter.

We've had a busy start to 2017, with a number of workshops and events. As well as joining our new partners Facebook for a drop-in session for MPs at the Houses of Parliament, and being on hand to give advice to teachers and educational professionals at the BETT Show last week, we’re also proud to be joining forces with other organisations such as Childnet to help promote Safer Internet Day next week.

Internet Matters films with Dr Linda Papadopoulos

Social NetworkingInternet Matters is delighted to have worked with esteemed psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos to raise awareness of internet safety during a workshop for schoolchildren at the Sky Academy.

Dr Linda was part of a panel of experts including Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet and Quander app CEO Gavin Williams to answer questions around the use of images online.

Children were split into groups for break-out sessions discussing the risks of image sharing, and actions you can take if you see a negative image. They then transformed what they had learned in the Sky Academy Skills Studios session - creating their own news report on the morning’s discussions.

See Dr Linda discussing Safer Internet Day here.

Safer Internet Day

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Safer Internet Day is fast approaching on February 7th and we aim to help the day surpass last year's reach, which included 2.8million children and 2.5million parents.   

We are yet again supporting the UK Safer Internet Centre by promoting the day through our website and on social media, using some of the material we gathered at the Sky Academy session. 

We have also carried out some new research to remind parents to get involved in the digital lives of their children at the earliest possible age. The research highlights some dramatic changes in internet usage over the last three years, particularly among children at the younger end of the spectrum. 

For more information visit the Safer Internet Day page on our website here.


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We once again exhibited at BETT - the leading exhibition for education technology. The four-day conference, which took place last week at The Excel, aims to bring together people, ideas, practices and technologies so that educators and learners can fulfil their potential. 

The event, primarily attended by teachers and education professionals, provided an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate our interactive parent controls and our parent and child online safety app. 

We were also able to showcase our online safety portal and resources. 

Visit our Twitter to see pictures of us at the event.

Children, Youth and Online Media Summit Social Networking

We kicked off this week at the Children, Youth and Online Media Summit in Cardiff. The event - organised by Wise Kids - saw academics, researchers, educators, industry leaders and young people work together to explore the key theme of Promoting Digital Competence, Digital Citizenship and Wellbeing.  Authorities including social services, the police and government officials also attended. 

The summit welcomed a wide-range of well-respected commentators including:  Dr Sangeet Bhullar, Professor Sonia Livingstone, Rebecca Newton, Vivienne Laing,  Nathan Wyburn, Marco Gil-Cervantes, Maldwyn Pryse, Kellie Williams, Josie Fraser, Faith McCready, Dr Andrew Przybbylski and Dr Ann John. 

The summit also featured children and young people's voices through a series of presentations and panel discussions and included exhibition stands from key stakeholders.

Parliamentary drop-in

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We enjoyed a hugely successful parliamentary drop-in session on Tuesday January 17th thanks to our partners Facebook. 

Both Internet Matters and Facebook staff were on hand in the Jubilee Room at the Houses of Parliament to answer any questions MPs had about resources available for parents. 

We talked in detail about wider issues surrounding online child safety and provided advice on pressing topics. 

We had an incredible uptake from MPs at the drop-in hosted by Matt Warman MP. Pictures of the session can be found on our Twitter page.

The Children's Commissioner's Report: Children left to 'fend for themselves'

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The Children's Commissioner for England called on the government to take action after her year-long study into children online found they were being left to "fend for themselves" in the digital world.  

The Commissioner's report Growing Up Digital revealed 'much more needs to be done to create a supportive digital environment for children and young people." 

The study found that three to four-year-old children spend an average of eight hours 18 minutes a week online while 12 to 15-year-old use the internet for at least 20 hours per week. 

The report also sparked a surge to the Internet Matters site with parents seeking advice following the report’s findings. 

Japan mimics fingerprint from peace sign snap

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Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics last week claimed that fingerprints could be recreated from photos taken up to three metres away. 

The scientists said they were able to replicate finger prints from youngsters making peace signs in snaps on social media using advanced technology. 

The extreme biometric theft is another sign technology is advancing at a rapid rate but is another reason why education in the digital world is essential to maintain their safety. 

The Internet Matters Team


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