A Quick Guide to Sexting (and Relevant Tooled Up Resources)

Sexting refers to the consensual or non-consensual sharing of nude or semi-nude images or videos and it’s illegal for people under the age of 18. We’ve put together a quick guide, covering key things you need to know and where you can find more advice and information in the Tooled Up library.

Researchers of the Month: Dr Miriam Rahali and Professor Sonia Livingstone Discuss #SponsoredAds and the Impact of Influencers on Children

Our Researchers of the Month, Dr Miriam Rahali and Professor Sonia Livingstone, talk to Dr Weston about their recent report, which examines the impact of influencer culture and embedded marketing on children. Given that 95% of YouTube videos aimed at children aged 8 and under contain advertising, and that 97% of 5-15 year olds use video-sharing platforms (with 57% spending 2.5 hours per day watching), they address the non-traditional marketing opportunities open to influencers and the impact they can have, before turning to recommendations and advice.

Refuge and Risk: Vulnerable Children Online with Dr Aiman El Asam

Join forensic psychologist, Dr Aiman El Asam, and Dr Weston in an exploration of online risks for vulnerable children. Children with existing vulnerabilities are more at risk online and Dr El Asam examines the types of risks that they encounter and talks about how to reduce and mitigate some of these.

Internet Safety Conversation Starters

Internet Safety Day is coming up on February 8th. It’s a good reminder that one of the best things we can do to help young people to enjoy the online world safely is to talk to them about it. These 50 simple prompts can be used in everyday chat to open up conversations about critical thinking, fact-checking, behaviour and safety online.

Don’t Panic: Regaining Control if Sexting Goes Wrong

Whilst we want our teens to make informed and careful decisions about sexting, we also need to recognise that some young people will send sexts and that sometimes things can go wrong. If your teen has sent an intimate photo or video and now wishes they hadn’t, this guide can help them through the next steps to regain some control and support their wellbeing.

Snapshot of Snapchat: Food for Thought for Parents

As parents, we can be under frequent pressure to download particular apps. Here are a few things to know and consider if your child wants to download Snapchat, along with a downloadable checklist of things to discuss with them before they do.

Researcher of the Month: Dr Jesus Alfonso D. Datu Discusses the Power of Kindness

Our researcher of the month, Dr Jesus (Jess) Alfonso D. Datu talks to Dr Weston about the importance of teaching children to be kind and the far-reaching psychological and social consequences of kindness. They discuss Dr Datu’s recent paper which examined whether fostering kindness in young people could promote media literacy.