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Research & reports

In this section you will find links to a number of research documents and reports covering a wide rande of issues, from a variety of differnet organisations, including;

Each of the reports covers a range of issues and gives the research and theory begind the finding and conclusions. In turn, thay can then be used to shape the narrative at both a national and local level.  As well as a link to the whole document/ research piece, there is a summary and main findings for each report that gives a flavour any synopis of each article.

Digital Romance

Digital Romance is a research project that set out to explore how young people are using digital technologies in their romantic relationships. The project focussed particularly on how young people use tech as they flirt, meet new partners, start relationships, communicate in relationships, negotiate pressure, break up and survive post break up. We also wanted to know what support young people might like from others to enable them to have enjoyable and safe relationships. 

Main Findings

Key Areas For Development

Adults' Media Lives

Ofcom’s Adults’ Media Lives study was originally set up in early 2005 to provide a small-
scale, rich and detailed qualitative complement to Ofcom’s quantitative surveys of media literacy.

This 14-year ethnographic video study has tracked the changing nature of individuals’
relationship with digital media – how it fits into their lives, what motivates them to adopt
new technology and learn new skills, their usage habits, levels of understanding, issues
and concerns about media.

Main Findings

Media Lives for Children - Ofcom

As children grow older and technology advances, their consumption of media and attitudes around this inevitably change. Some changes are more obvious than others. Widespread fads, such as playing Fortnite, using ‘angel’ filters on selfies, or watching Love Island, can rapidly take hold of swathes of young people, but just as quickly pass away.

Understanding these fads is important because they demonstrate what young people value in the online world, and what they believe will give them social currency. They can also be wide reaching, affecting so many young people in a short space of time. However, subtler changes, while harder to detect, may be even more significant, because they can be indicators of longer-term trends and shifts in the underlying drivers of behaviour.

Main Findings

Internet Watch Foundation - Annual Report

The Internet Watch Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation supported by the European Commission andvinternet companies around the world. They work closely with police and
governments, globally. For 23 years, they have given people a safe place to report imagery anonymously, now covering 25 countries. They assess every report they receive. If it shows the sexual abuse of a child, they make sure the image or video is emoved. To do this effectively, they develop new technology and provide bespoke tools to industry members. Their work relies on compassionate and resilient staff members, who are highly trained and carefully looked
after. They encourage others to play their part, whether it is reporting, funding, or collaborating on technology and research.

NB: Some of statistical content of this report is sensitive in nature and topic

How To Handle Sexting As A Parent Or Teacher

For under-18s, however, it’s a different situation. If you take a nude image of yourself, you have created an indecent image of a child. If you share this image, you have distributed an indecent image of a child. If you keep it on your phone, you are in possession of an indecent image of a child. Yes, it’s a bit of a peculiar law and, yes, it doesn’t exactly make sense, but it exists with good reason.

Main Findings

Its important to stress that the last thing someone needs to be made to feel when sexting has gone wrong is maligned, belittled, or judged. Telling somebody off for something they’ve already done isn’t going to change what’s happened. Reacting in a calm and supportive way will do a lot to relieve the trauma and betrayal that come with these kinds of incidents.

Talking doesn’t always come easy
It’s one thing to say:“You can talk to me about anything.” It’s another thing for someone to believe it.

UN Convention On The Rights Of A Child

Recognizing that the United Nations has, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenants on Human Rights, proclaimed and agreed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,






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