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Last update: Monday 23rd September
 
Social media companies will be legally required to protect their users - with senior management held personally liable if they do not comply with new rules around harmful content, according to a long-awaited Government white paper.
MediaThe Sentinel, 8 April 2019
 
Fresh efforts to tackle scam adverts across Facebook are being introduced in the UK following action taken by the consumer champion Martin Lewis. The social media company is releasing a scam ads reporting tool, with a specially trained team investigating alerts raised by users, reviewing reports and taking down violating posts to clamp down on potentially misleading adverts.
MediaThe Guardian
 
Addiction to social media should potentially be classed as a disease, MPs said as they called for tough new regulation to protect children from firms operating in an ‘online Wild West’.
MediaThe Sentinel, 18th March 2019
 
New standards come into play on 1st April to restrict the ability of gambling companies to advertise to children on social media. Celebrities, sportspeople and TV characters who appear to be under 25 will be banned from appearing in gambling adverts.
MediaYouth and Children’s Work - April 2019
 
Social media companies are too “lazy, reluctant, and big” to protect children properly from harmful content online, and should be held responsible by stronger legislation, including fines, the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, has said.

MediaChurch Times, 8 February 2019
 
An attempt to include secular humanists and atheists on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day was rejected in November. A letter from patrons of Humanists UK had urged BBC Director-General Tony Hall to air non-religious beliefs during the religious slot. Opponents of the move said that BBC output was already overwhelmingly secular and humanist.
MediaEvangelicals Now January 2019
 
One in seven people are not getting the most out of apps due to lack of confidence and knowledge about how they work, a survey suggests. Some 13% of people feel they are missing out on the full benefits of apps for these reasons – including 12% of those aged 25 to 34 who said this – NatWest found. One in six (16%) over 55s also said they did not feel they were getting the full benefits of using apps.
MediaThe Sentinel – 14th November 2018
 
Snapchat is set to become more popular than Facebook among 18 to 24-year-olds by 2019, having added an estimated 350,000 users in 2018. This would bring its total up to five million, eclipsing Facebook for the first time. Facebook is set to lose 500,000 users this year, making over-55s the second largest demographic on the site.
MediaYouth and Children’s Work – October 2018
 
Smart home devices such as artificial intelligence-powered speakers are becoming increasingly common in the UK, according to research by YouGov. The firm’s Smart Homes 2018 Report reveals that almost a quarter of Britons (23 per cent) now own at least one smart device for the home, with just under one in 10 (8 per cent) owning two or more.
MediaThe Sentinel - 10th August 2018
 
All homes across the UK should have access to full-fibre broadband coverage by the year 2033, according to the Government’s digital strategy. Proposals set out by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport recommended legislation to guarantee new homes are fitted with full-fibre broadband. Full-fibre connections- which are faster, more reliable and cheaper to run compared with traditional copper-based networks- only stand at 4% in the UK. For comparison, Spain stands at 71%.
MediaThe Sentinel - 24th July 2018
 
Children aged between 4 and 15 are more likely to watch shows on YouTube than on TV, with TV viewing dropping by a quarter since 2010.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work – February 2018
 
According to Ofcom, 90 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds stop to consider the truth of a story they come across online. Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, says this shows that young people are aware of the concept of fake news. They found that 99 per cent of these young people spend nearly 21 hours a week online, and 74 per cent have a social media profile.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work – February 2018
 
The top ten most googled queries in 2017 included questions around modern tech, Trump jargon and current affairs. The top ‘how to’ questions included how to tie a tie, how to kiss and how to make money. Google’s data editor Simon Rogers pointed out that ‘how to’ searches have increased by more than 140 per cent since 2004.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018
 
63% of school aged children wouldn’t care if social media didn’t exist. 60% think friends portray a fake version of themselves online.
MediaPremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
An Ofcom report shows that parents are divided over ‘sharenting’: whether or not to post online photos and news about their children online. According to the Communications Market Report, 56 per cent of parents choose not to share pictures of their children on social media and other online platforms. The majority of these gave the reason that they prefer to keep their children’s lives private. Meanwhile, 42 per cent of parents do share images, and at least half of them do so on a regular basis.
MediaPremier YCW – September 2017
 
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