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What Does Social Media Do To Children?

What Does Social Media Do To Children? This is a question that emerged in the last decade and is likely to define the decade ahead. The Royal College of…

AgeChecked launches High Court action to force UK Government to re-think decision to abandon age checks for pornographic websites.

AgeChecked, the leading global provider of secure and anonymised online age verification technology, has launched legal action in the High Court to overturn the UK Government’s decision to abandon…

Was the General Election good or bad news for those who want to see better protection for children when they go online?

  At the time, October’s decision to withdraw plans for compulsory age verification for accessing adult websites was given little or no good explanation, with no clear alternative plan…

‘Gaming Supplements’ Replace Energy Drinks for Under 16s

‘Gaming Supplements’ Replace Energy Drinks for Under 16s The amount of caffeine consumed by children in the UK has been rising disproportionately over the past decade. Figures released in…

Alcohol E-Commerce and Age Verification

Alcohol E-Commerce and Age Verification Having alcohol delivered to your door by Amazon sounds like something that already happens. Except that it doesn’t – not yet, anyway. Currently only…

UK Police Officer Calls Out Facebook on its Plans for End-to-End Encryption

UK Police Officer Calls Out Facebook on its Plans for End-to-End Encryption A senior UK police officer has described the attitude of Facebook toward child sexual abuse online as…

The Cannabis Industry and Age Verification

The Cannabis Industry and Age Verification It has been illegal to purchase cannabis in the UK since 1928 and, despite decades of discussion, it remains so to this day….

Vaping Giant is Sued for Poor Age Verification Practices

Vaping Giant is Sued for Poor Age Verification Practices California has filed a lawsuit against the vaping manufacturer, Juul. They allege that Juul used age verification deceptively to sell…

Australia Considers Facial Recognition for Age Verification

Australia Considers Facial Recognition for Age Verification In October this year the UK government announced that they were abandoning their plans to require adult content websites to carry out…

China Battles Gaming Addiction With Curfew for Minors

China Battles Gaming Addiction With Curfew for Minors Growing concerns about the impact of addictive video games on the health of young people has led China to impose a…

The Government has delayed compulsory age verification again, when will we get the online protections that parents demand? – By Alastair Graham, CEO of AgeChecked

The Government has delayed compulsory age verification again, when will we get the online protections that parents demand? The government’s decision to withdraw plans for compulsory age verification for…

How is Social Media Impacting Teens?

How is Social Media Impacting Teens? Parenting has always been an exhausting process, but social media has added a new layer of anxiety to the experience. Part of the…

Children’s Commissioner Calls for Loot Boxes to be Classified as Gambling

Children’s Commissioner Calls for Loot Boxes to be Classified as Gambling 93% of young people in the UK play online games, and ‘loot boxes’ will be an integral part…

Will the UK Move to Ban Flavoured e-Cigarettes?

Will the UK Move to Ban Flavoured e-Cigarettes? Donald Trump has recently proposed a ban on flavoured e-cigarettes in order to stem the huge numbers of young people who…

Child protection being compromised by Brexit limbo – By Alastair Graham, CEO of AgeChecked

Child protection being compromised by Brexit limbo. While the British public might not agree on the outcome of Brexit, there is a consensus that the resulting political stasis is…

What the Cannabis Industry can Learn from Juul in the US

What the Cannabis Industry Can Learn from Juul in the US The vaping industry in the US is currently experiencing a sharp adjustment in its market position. The extraordinary…

Juul Adopts Age Verification to Prove They Don’t Market to Young People

Juul Adopts Age Verification to Prove They Don’t Market to Young People E-cigarettes have enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity over the decade since they were first introduced. Key…

Why Messenger Encryption is Bad News for Children

Why Messenger Encryption is Bad News for Children Earlier this year Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced that all messenger accounts would be encrypted going forward. Encryption prevents anyone,…

The UK Council for Internet Safety is Launched

The UK Council for Internet Safety is Launched Back in April 2019 the UK Government launched its Online Harms white paper.  This long-awaited document outlines a tougher stance on…

2019 NSPCC Survey Finds Evidence of Grooming Risk on Social Media

2019 NSPCC Survey Finds Evidence of Grooming Risk on Social Media A recent survey carried out by the childrens’ charity NSPCC, found disturbing evidence that young people between the…

Illegal Knives Still Available Online With No Age Checks

Illegal Knives Still Available Online With No Age Checks Knife crime is a top priority for police in the UK. The number of knife-related incidents has grown incrementally over…

Our customers – Age verification tool drives a 40% increase in website traffic for gaming sites

Gaming business, Savvygamblers, has experienced a 40% increase in website visitors following the implementation of new software to make its operation fully compliant with age verification laws. The company…

Age verification and retail – By Alastair Graham, CEO of AgeChecked

Age verification and retail Knife crime rose to its highest-ever level in England and Wales this year, with 43,516 recorded offences in the 12 months ending March 2019. It’s…

LSE Study Shows Children Want a Social Media ‘Clean Slate’ at 18

LSE Study Shows Children Want a Social Media ‘Clean Slate’ at 18 A recent study carried out by the London School of Economics found that young people were unaware…

UK Government Wants Children to Have a Fully Rounded Online Education

UK Government Wants Children to Have a Fully Rounded Online Education At a recent NSPCC conference, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds threw down the gauntlet to tech industry giants….

Age verification for the online gambling industry – By Alastair Graham, CEO of AgeChecked

The number of problem gamblers aged 11-16 in the UK has risen to 55,000. That was the stark recent warning of the Gambling Commission, revealing that the number of…

San Francisco Takes Steps to Ban e-Cigarettes

San Francisco Takes Steps to Ban e-Cigarettes In a high profile attempt to prevent young people under the age of 21 accessing nicotine products, San Francisco is on its…

Children and GDPR

Protecting Children’s Data Online Just over a year ago, in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  came into effect in the UK. The aim of the GDPR…

Gambling Commission Closes Loophole on Free-to-Play Games

Gambling Commission Closes Loophole on Free-to-Play Games Since May 2019 online gambling sites have been required to carry out age verification checks before allowing clients to start playing. In…

Online Nation Reports Shows Growing UK Support for Social Media Regulation

Online Nation Reports Shows Growing UK Support for Social Media Regulation How do we take the temperature of the nation when it comes to big issues like: Should social…

New Facebook Features Create New Potential Risks for Children

New Facebook Features Create New Potential Risks for Children Two new Facebook features have set alarm bells ringing for UK watchdogs. They’re concerned with the safety of children when…

It’s an Honour to Present ‘Compliance Officer of the Year’ Award

It’s an Honour to Present ‘Compliance Officer of the Year’ Award The Gambling Compliance Awards celebrate the teams and individuals that work to create a responsible gambling industry committed…

Age Verification Aids Online Retailers

What Counts as Online Age Verification and What Doesn’t? Most online retailers trading in age-restricted goods are aware of the legal requirement to age check their customers. What is…

MP Supports Age Verification on Social Media Sites

MP Supports Age Verification on Social Media Sites As of this year commercial websites offering adult content will be required to put age verification software in place. It’s being…

Keeping Children Safe When Using Mobiles

We All Have a Responsibility to Keep Children Safe on Their Smartphones One of the hottest topics for parents of young children is the appropriate age to give children…

Online Age-Checking for Retail Wine and Spirits

Online Age-Checking for Retail Wine and Spirits A recent study for the World Heath Organisation found that teenage girls across the UK are in the top 6 of a…

How Can We Protect Young People From Online Images of Self Harm?

How Can We Protect Young People From Online Images of Self Harm? There’s been a good deal of publicity recently around the availability of graphic images of self-harm on…

2019 report: Parents’ Concerns for ‘Generation Internet’

The Internet has changed how children learn, explore, and engage with the outside
 world In the UK children are spending twice as much time online as they did a...

Gambling Commission Set New Age Verification Rules for iGaming

Gambling Commission Set New Age Verification Rules for iGaming On 7th February 2019, the Gambling Commission announced new rules which aim to reduce the potential for underage gambling. Currently,…

Website Age Verification for Vape and Ecig Online Shops

Seamless Online Age Verification for Vape and E-Cigarette Online Shops It’s now rare to walk down a High Street without encountering a Vaping Store selling e-cigarettes, vaping kits and…

Monitoring Children’s Internet Usage

Monitoring Children’s Internet Usage Keeping tabs on your child’s use of their phone or tablet is one of the major worries that now keep parents awake at night. The…

Parental Control Apps for Smartphones

Parental Control Apps for Smartphones 10 is the average age that UK children get their own phone. It’s a new milestone which is anticipated with excitement by young people,…

Parenting Blocks

How to Choose Internet Parenting Blocks Imagine never bothering to teach your child how to cross the road, or refuse car lifts from strangers… Parents are only too aware…

New Offensive Weapons Act Won’t Adversely Affect Rural Businesses

New Offensive Weapons Act Won’t Adversely Affect Rural Businesses 2017 saw the sharpest rise in knife crime ever recorded in the UK. Violent incidents involving knives rose by 22%…

FDA Unveils New Steps to Protect Youth From Tobacco Products

US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Unveils New Steps to Protect Youth From Tobacco Products Data just published as a result of the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey presents…

Offensive Weapons Bill

Proposed Age Restrictions on the Sale of Knives – The Offensive Weapons Bill According to knife crime statistics published by the House of Commons in November 2018, over 40,000 offences…

Gambling Commission Consultation

Gambling Commission Consultation Paper on Age & Identity Verification The Gambling Commission is currently concerned about the dangers on underage gambling. To this end they launched a public consultation…

Legal Challenge to Birth Date

“Why Can’t I Decide My Own Age?” – Legal Challenge In numerous AgeChecked blogs we have reported on the problems of young people attempting to pass themselves off as…

National Lottery Age Limit Could Rise

National Lottery Age Limit Could Rise Earlier this year the UK Culture Minister initiated a governmental review of the impact playing National Lottery games has on players under the…

Age Verification for Teeth Whitening

Age Verification for Teeth Whitening Sparkling white US smiles have seduced millions worldwide into searching for ways to roll back the years on yellowing teeth or remove unsightly stains….

Digital Economy Act

The Digital Economy Act and Age Verification The Digital Economy Act (DEA) passed into law in the UK in 2017. The act makes it illegal for vendors to allow…

Age Verification for Online Pharmacies

Age Verification for Online Pharmacies As more and more of our lives transfer online it gets ever more important to check that the services we’re offered are legal and…

How Can Age Verification on Live Streaming Websites Help Protect Children?

How Can Age Verification on Live Streaming Websites Help Protect Children? Live streaming took off in 2016 when it became widely available across a range of social media platforms….

Would Age Verification Help to Limit the Influence of Violent Messaging in Drill Music?

Could Age Verification Help Limit the Influence of Violent Messaging in Drill Music? Drill music recently hit the headlines when UK Police asked YouTube to take down over 30…

Video Games Can Lead to Underage Gambling

Video Games Can Lead to Underage Gambling The addictive quality of online games such as Fortnite has been recognised for a while as a concern in the UK. However,…

Gambling UK Statistics… a Close Look at Online Betting

With over 50% of Brits taking a gamble, UK gambling statistics show that we continue to embrace online betting As a nation, the UK has always ranked highly when…

Age Verification for WordPress

Age Verification for WordPress Sites Ever since its creation in 2003, WordPress has been revolutionising the way in which websites are built and – crucially – who can build…

Age Verification software for Magento sites

Age Verification Software for Magento Sites Magento is one of the online success stories of the 21st century. The open-source software was first released in 2008 and Magento 2.0…

Age Checking for Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Age Checking for Vaping and E-Cigarettes A national survey carried out by YouGov in 2017 showed that 2.9 million people now vape in the UK which, for the first…

Age Verification for Gaming Industry

Seamless and Efficient Age Verification for Gaming Industry Gaming sites such as miniclip.com offer children and young people the ability to play a range of online games for free,…

Minimum Age for Using WhatsApp to Rise From 13-16 in EU Countries

Minimum Age for Using WhatsApp to Rise From 13-16 in EU Countries The popular messaging app, WhatsApp hit a record high of over 1.5 billion users in 2018, with…

Age Verification on Knives

High Demand for Age Verification on Knives The recent spate of fatal stabbings in London has focused attention on the rapid rise in the growth of knife crime over the…

Age Checker for Gambling Websites

Age Checker for Gambling Websites Now a Necessity Online gambling has seen rapid growth over the past few years; the latest statistics for the industry shows that it now…

Checking ID for Alcohol Online

Checking Age for Alcohol Online Young people in the UK are used to providing age verification for alcohol offline; they know that they will be unable to purchase alcohol...

Online Adult Content Age Check

Online Providers Required to Age Check Adult Content In April last year the Digital Economy Act 2017 received the Royal Assent and is due to pass into UK law...

No Kidding – Why We Need To Protect Children From The Lure Of Gambling

Age Verification System Needed for Gambling websites In an attempt to gain popularity with future generations of would-be gamblers, betting operators are deliberately targeting kids with their favourite cartoon...

Age Verification for Acid to Increase

Online retailers to increase age verification security in light of new under 18’s band on acid With more than 400 attacks using corrosive substances recorded in first 6 months...

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