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More than a quarter of children who spend longer on social networking websites report mental ill-health symptoms. Children who spent more than three hours using social networking websites on a school day were twice as likely to report high or very high scores for mental ill-health.

More than a quarter of children who spend longer on social networking websites report mental ill-health symptoms

The Children’s Well-being 2015 publication, which for the first time includes an analysis of data on children’s mental ill-health, revealed that of those who were online for more than three hours, 27% reported high or very high scores for mental ill-health. This is more than double those spending no time on them (12%) or those spending up to three hours on social media (11%). Total difficulty score type by time spent using social media on a school day, UK, 2011 to 2012 Download the data The Insights into Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing report is part of of ONS’s work on the well-being of children. It looks at data from the Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire, designed by Prof Robert Goodman, which screens the behaviour of children aged two to 17.

Download the data. Essena O'Neill quits Instagram claiming social media 'is not real life'. An Australian teenager with more than half a million followers on Instagram has quit the platform, describing it as “contrived perfection made to get attention”, and called for others to quit social media – perhaps with help from her new website.

Essena O'Neill quits Instagram claiming social media 'is not real life'

Essena O’Neill, 18, said she was able to make an income from marketing products to her 612,000 followers on Instagram – “$2000AUD a post EASY”. But her dramatic rejection of social media celebrity has won her praise. On 27 October she deleted more than 2,000 pictures “that served no real purpose other than self-promotion”, and dramatically edited the captions to the remaining 96 posts in a bid to to reveal the manipulation, mundanity, and even insecurity behind them.

O’Neill did not respond to requests for an interview. Sexting scare: 6 sexting myths busted. It seems incredible that teens, even 17-year-olds who can legally have sex, could end up on a register for sexting.

Sexting scare: 6 sexting myths busted

Of course, it’s important that young people understand the serious implications sexting could have, but criminalising the craze seems like a step too far. Instead of frightening teens into ditching their naked selfies, wouldn't it be better to educate them? But with sex education lessons still in need of a 21st century revamp, it looks like that’s not going to happen anytime soon. So, we’ve done it for you – compiling the legal, very real, consequences of sending that sext. Sarah Bazaraa, a solicitor at Pannone Corporate, talks me through the civil legal issues that being involved in sexting could lead to. Sexting: what you should know. Facebook use 'makes people feel worse about themselves'.

15 August 2013Last updated at 09:11 ET The study found people spent more time on Facebook when they were feeling lonely Using Facebook can reduce young adults' sense of well-being and satisfaction with life, a study has found.

Facebook use 'makes people feel worse about themselves'

Checking Facebook made people feel worse about both issues, and the more they browsed, the worse they felt, the University of Michigan research said. The study, which tracked participants for two weeks, adds to a growing body of research saying Facebook can have negative psychological consequences. CEOP. Does the government really want to ban WhatsApp, iMessage and Skype? - BBC News. Eight hundred million people around the world use WhatsApp to communicate, we learned this week from its owners, Facebook.

Does the government really want to ban WhatsApp, iMessage and Skype? - BBC News

Yet this is the messaging service which could soon be banned by the British government because its use of encryption makes it too private for the security services to access. That at least was the story repeated in several newspapers in recent weeks, and frequently denied by Downing Street. But this morning even the Financial Times seemed to back it up. In an article about the battle between governments and corporations over access to encrypted messages it says this: "David Cameron, UK prime minister, has proposed a complete ban on strong encryption 'to ensure that terrorists do not have a safe space in which to communicate'.

" WhatsApp is just one of the services that uses strong encryption for their messages, along with Apple's iMessage and Skype's internet calls. You're Being Watched Online. Do you really have a private life online? (social network privacy loss due to friends) Heads' threat to parents over computer games - BBC News. Head teachers in Cheshire have warned parents they will report them to the authorities if they allow their children to play computer games rated for over-18s.

Heads' threat to parents over computer games - BBC News

The letter was sent by the Nantwich Education Partnership group to parents from 16 schools in the county. The heads claim games such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty contain unsuitable levels of violence. The Dangers of the Internet. Can I be your friend? Teacher Very Successfully Teaches Students About Internet Safety (PHOTO) Utah High School Football Coach Suspends Entire Team for Cutting Classes, Cyberbullying.

The social media generation.. sad but true. Digital Parenting. Computer & mobile phone use. Protect your home or business from cyber crime. The Parent Trap: 5 Family Friendly Rules For Using Technology At Home. My embarrassing picture went viral. I logged onto my Facebook one morning to find a message from a girlfriend.

My embarrassing picture went viral

“You’re internet famous!” It read. She sent a link to a very public page whose sole purpose was posting images that mock people’s appearances. There I was in full glory — a picture of me dressed as my hero Lara Croft: Tomb Raider for Halloween — but written over the image were the words “Fridge Raider.” Funny enough, I wasn’t even angry at first. I don’t generally view my body size as positive or negative — it simply is. None of this played into my decision to dress up as Lara Croft, one of the most kick-ass female video game characters ever. So I laughed it all off at first — but then, I read the comments. “What a waste of space,” read one. We all know the awful humiliation of a person laughing at you.

I called my friend Terri Jean, a photographer. The first thing I needed to do was figure out where the picture came from.