The parents of teenage TikTok users can now set their children’s accounts to private and disable comments as part of a security update to the platform.
The Government is being urged to bring forward “tough” online harms legislation after a children’s charity warned lockdown had created a “perfect storm” for offenders to groom youngsters.
The Government’s proposed Online Harms legislation still lacks “clarity” in how it would be enforced, according to industry stakeholders.
Millions of children are at risk of worse online abuse unless the Government plugs a Brexit funding blackhole, charity leaders, police, and teaching unions have warned.
TikTok is tightening its enforcement policies around hateful content by pledging to strengthen its action against coded language linked to hate speech.
More than half of parents who have previously illegally downloaded content for their children to watch say they are doing so more regularly during lockdown, new research suggests.
Six out of 10 teachers say they are worried about their pupils’ safety online after many became dependent on the internet to continue learning amid lockdown, according to a survey.
Twitter has rebuilt the website where it publishes its transparency reports in order to make it easier to understand and be more accessible, the company has said.
An online safety campaign offering guidance to parents and carers on protecting children during the coronavirus lockdown has been backed by Twitter and an internet safety group.
With lockdown in effect, people are spending more time online, whether working from home or to stay in touch with friends and family.
Parents are being warned to remain vigilant to the dangers their children face by spending more time online as schools close due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A blueprint for keeping children safe on the internet, created by a collection of governments, has been unveiled and endorsed by major technology companies.
TikTok has announced new safety features which will allow parents to control the content their children see on the platform.
The UK’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is to work with a US counterpart to create the biggest database of hashed child abuse images in the world to help fight the spread of such content.
The Labour Party has pledged to overhaul the country’s cybersecurity with the creation of a co-ordinating minister and a review of the National Cyber Security Centre’s role.
Holograms and body implants will replace handwritten notes and letters as ways people will communicate in the future, a new survey into digital habits has suggested.
Social media users are being encouraged to ignore and report abusive messages they receive from online trolls as part of a new campaign to stop the spread of hateful content.
The Government is considering giving new powers to Ofcom that would allow the media regulator to fine technology companies over harmful videos posted online.
Technology used by Facebook to detect harmful images and videos has been publicly released by the social network.
A flaw in Facebook’s Messenger Kids app meant children could have come into contact with people not approved by their parents, the social network has confirmed.
YouTube will not remove drill music videos from the platform because they “provide a place for those too often without a voice”, the UK head of the site has said.
Parents should take up online gaming in order to better understand the benefits and risks of the activity for their children, an online safety group has said.
Children are being increasingly targeted online by sex offenders, figures obtained by the NSPCC suggest.
Five of the world’s largest tech companies have agreed to introduce new measures to their businesses to help eliminate violent and terrorist content from the internet.
Google executives have hit back at suggestions the company is not doing enough to tackle child abuse images online.
Google boss Sundar Pichai has said keeping people safe online is a priority for the tech giant as it opened a safety engineering centre in Germany.
Google has pledged more than £8 million to support organisations working to keep people safer online.
Google users can now delete data linked to their location and web activity after a set period of time.
Record amounts of child sexual abuse imagery were found online and removed last year thanks to improving technology in the field of detecting and assessing such images, according to a new report.
Images of child sexual abuse and stolen credit card data are being traded on encrypted apps such as Telegram, an investigation by the BBC claims.