Internet Matters

We’ve focused on research that centres around how parents and children use technology and how e-safety issues and awareness is changing the way they interact with the internet. Select the area of research that you’d like to learn more about to see more.

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Patrick Flynn
Narrative report

Online Nation is a new annual report that looks at what people are doing online, how they are served by online content providers and platforms, and their attitudes to and experiences of using the internet.

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Patrick Flynn
Momo challenge: The anatomy of a hoax

Following a flurry of newspaper scare stories, some schools have warned parents about the "momo challenge" - but fact-checkers say it is a hoax.

The character, shown with bulging eyes, supposedly appears on WhatsApp and sets children dangerous "challenges" such as harming themselves.

But charities say there have been no reports of anybody receiving messages or harming themselves as a result.

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Patrick Flynn
TikTok app safety – What parents need to know

This social network app is from the creators of Musical.ly. As Musical.ly officially went offline earlier this year, TikTok (known as Douyin in China) has taken its place offering the user the ability to watch musical clips, create short clips up to 60 seconds and add special effects to them.

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Sam Clift
Netflix warns against doing the Bird Box challenge

The Bird Box challenge sees fans attempt to perform tasks while blindfolded. It was inspired by the Netflix original film which sees Sandra Bullock’s character try to find her way to safety while wearing a blindfold. If she sees the film’s villain, she will go mad and start killing people.

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Sam Clift