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Images of women taken from Social Media weaponised to create Fake Porn Videos

Deepfake

 

A new threat has emerged, and it is putting puts both adults and children at risk of appearing in pornographic videos. A number of women found to their horror, images put on their own Social Media profiles, were superimposed, over the faces of porn actress in videos. The seamlessly grafted images in these videos are incredibly authentic looking. This technique is now also used to generate revenge porn featuring ex-partners. The content then circulated online or through message apps.

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As fatal casualties of Cyberbullying increase, what can parents do to protect their children?

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Ben McKenzie
Ben McKenzie a victim of

Victim of

It was reported this week, a 13-year-old Scottish school boy, Ben McKenzie took his own life as a result of being bullied online. MP Paul Masterson described the young man’s experience online, as a campaign of cruel online abuse. On the 1st of October 2018, Ben McKenzie was found dead at home. A victim, and one of growing number of young people who have suffered as a direct result, of their interactions with others online. Parents are asking the question, what can we do?

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Internet Safety Advice for Parents

Why the Fear of Missing Out (FoMO), on Social Media, can cause issues leading to Anxiety and Depression

Depressed

Be honest, if someone were to ask you, do you control your mobile phone, or does it control you? It’s quite possible, you would say, you have control over your phone. Most people think that. Of course, in reality the phone has possibly total control over you. Consider this, if the amount of stress a person feels, can be directly related, to how in control they feel about their life. Then how much of an impact is digital technology having, if it is controlling you or more importantly your children !!

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RTE Prime Time Sextortion Online Sexual Exploitation Prevention Tips and Advice

 

RTE Prime Time Sextortion

 

As with any new technology that comes along, there are always going to be those out there who will attempt to use it for illicit financial gain. Last nights RTE Prime Time featured SEXTORTION, a topic many people may not have been aware of. Sextortion according to Wikipedia “refers to the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion”. The more appropriate term is .

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Internet Safety Advice for Parents

Look Up ! Just how much of life is technology stealing from us every day, An important message for us all !!

 

Garry Turk - Look Up

 

How many friends do you really have, 1000 or even 10,000 perhaps. In this ever connected world, how often do you enter a room on your own, close the door to isolate yourself, so you can chat with people you have never even met? Technology has changed the way people interact with each other. There are plenty of positives to what we can do with digital devices. However there are also an incredible number of negatives.

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Internet Safety Advice for Parents

How to identify a Fake or Malicious App and some tips to protect your device

FREE APPS

 

At present there are a considerable number of Apps available, any one of which may have the potential to cause harm, not only to your device, but also to you personally. Devices can be infected with Malware, even through Apps downloaded from an authentic App Store.This is a quick little guide to help you identify a potential Fake or Malicious App.

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Internet Safety Advice for Parents

A Warning For Parents – “Cosmo After Dark” Sex Show Goes Live on Snapchat

Cosmo After Dark

It was with some disbelief, we discovered a new Adult orientated Channel had launched on Snapchat. “Cosmo After Dark”, describes itself as, “an X-rated weekly edition that goes live every Friday at 6 p.m. and is exclusively dedicated to all things hot and horny.” The new channel is available on Snapchat’s “Discover” section. The content on this Channel, is not in any way suitable for children. It is also important for parents to remember, there are No Filters or Parental Control Options available on Snapchat, to prevent children from accessing this Channel. Any child, irrelevant of their age, who uses Snapchat, has full access to “Cosmo After Dark”.

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Internet Safety Advice for Parents

Study reveals 98% of Victims of Live Streaming, Online Child Exploitation are under 13 years old

child with a phone

A new study published by the Internet Watch Foundation, has revealed that 98% of victims of Live Streaming, Online Child Exploitation were under 13 years of age. Live streaming allows a user to broadcast live footage of themselves online. This is a feature of many popular social media platforms. The results of the new study, makes for seriously harrowing reading. It is hard to imagine that young people are live streaming themselves being sexually exploited online.

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Internet Safety Advice for Parents

How Parents can explain what an Online Stranger is to their Children?

 

Stranger

 

For parents, getting a child to comprehend the concept of an online stranger, can be a difficult task. Children have no yardstick to measure this by. Sometimes the efforts of parents to teach this message, can be unsuccessful. Just by telling a child, not to accept a stranger as a friend, or follower when online, generally will not work.

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