Don’t wait for an online safety law… protect kids now from sites that Molly Russell ‘helped kill them’.

There is no doubt that with the advent of social media, being a parent has become a lot harder.

I used to worry about my son smoking behind the bike shed or my daughter climbing up her school skirt.

Before taking her own life in 2017, Molly Russell had viewed several online posts linked to depression, self-harm and suicide

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Before taking her own life in 2017, Molly Russell had viewed several online posts linked to depression, self-harm and suicideCredit: PA

But the arrival of social media has changed everything for parents, and it’s almost impossible to know how to protect our children.

Countless reports prove that social media can negatively impact teenagers – whether it’s distracting them, disrupting their sleep, or exposing them to bullying, peer pressure, gossip and unrealistic views of other people’s lives and bodies.

All of this leads to low self-esteem and anxiety.

Most parents I know are wondering if there’s a way to safely use such sites, especially after details of Molly Russell’s long-delayed investigation emerged this week.

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Before taking her own life in 2017, the 14-year-old had viewed several online posts linked to depression, self-harm and suicide.

Her father, Ian Russell, who has grown into a valiant fighter for internet safety, has no doubts about the part they played in ending her life.

He has previously accused Instagram – owned by Meta, formerly known as Facebook – of “helping kill his daughter” six days before her 15th birthday.

This week, in response to her inquiry, Ian – who was paying tribute to his “positive, happy, bright” daughter – described how he discovered “shocking” online content that Molly accessed before killing herself, including on Instagram and Pinterest .

Molly interacted with images of self-harm, razor blades and much worse. All terrible and completely unnecessary.

The more Molly “liked” social media posts that normalized, glorified, and even glorified dangerous behaviors, the more such posts would automatically be fed to her by the platforms’ algorithms, her father said at the hearing.

This is shocking and totally irresponsible.

Molly’s needless death is unbearable and regrettable. Equally shocking and horrific is the fact that Molly’s 2019-20 investigation should have gone to trial.

But while Pinterest fully cooperated, Meta offered various lame excuses for why it couldn’t provide information when asked, contributing to a scandalous three-year delay.

Meta executives also attempted to testify remotely in what Oliver Sanders QC, attorney for the Russell family, rightly described as “disrespectful to the family and disrespectful to the court”.

A new era of accountability

It seems to be an indication of the disrespect and contempt that social media companies seem to have towards their users.

Social media companies still haven’t done enough to prevent young users from accessing harmful content.

There is hope in the form of the Online Safety Bill, which was introduced in Parliament in March and will hopefully become law.

It will usher in a new era of accountability on the internet.

It should protect children from harmful content such as pornography and limit exposure to illegal content.

It will require social media platforms, search engines, and other apps and websites that allow people to share content, protect children, and crack down on illegal activities.

The government is making changes to the bill that will, among other things, ensure that companies address the most harmful content and criminal activities with greater urgency.

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan has assured us that the new regime at No 10 will not change any of the proposed measures to protect children, which is clearly the most important thing.

Since we can’t rely on social media companies to moderate their output, what can parents do in the meantime?

You need to educate yourself about social media, the internet, parental controls, virtual private networks, and the dark web. They also need to find out what their children are doing online.

It’s impossible for most of us to put ourselves in the shoes of Molly’s parents.

After losing their daughter this way and feeling that certain social media played an important role, the long wait for the inquest must have been excruciating.

They have lost their beloved daughter and Ian is a heroic advocate for change to save other people’s children.

For that we owe him a debt of gratitude.

King’s big start

The British King Charles III. delivers a speech as he meets with religious leaders at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London September 16, 2022 after Britain's Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8. - Queen Elizabeth II will be in state by 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours ahead of her […]

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The British King Charles III. delivers a speech as he meets with religious leaders at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London September 16, 2022 after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8. – Queen Elizabeth II will be in state by 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours ahead of her […]Photo credit: AFP

IT must be one of the longest apprenticeships in history. At 73, Charles is finally king.

But once he gets the job he’s been waiting for his whole life, he’ll be cast as “the grandfather of the nation.”

Overnight he became the prince’s son and grandfather’s heir.

Life comes at you fast.

I can’t imagine him being keen on the new label, which has such a benign and passive undertone.

On the other hand, he’s now at the age where most of us hope to slow down and enjoy life as grandparents.

However, he walked miles in heavy uniform for the Queen’s funeral, so he’s clearly in pretty good shape.

Charles has spoken about knowing the time has come for him to keep his views and opinions more to himself.

He rightly strives for quiet authority.

As for me, so far so good. The queen is impossible to replace, so my advice would be to not try too hard.

What I think we all want from our king is a calm sense of purpose, values ​​and integrity.

The Queen has brought so much value to our nation and made the country feel great. Put simply, we trusted her.

There were no interviews, no airing of dirty laundry.

We rightly believed that she had the good of the country at heart in everything she did.

If King Charles can do the same, he has the best chance of truly uniting the nation.

Sign to smile

THE new Princess of Wales said this week she thinks the Queen is “looking down on us” as five rainbows appeared in the sky over Balmoral.

The same thought crossed my mind when there was a beautiful double rainbow in London around the time the Queen’s death was announced.

It’s hard not to give in to the temptation to take it as a message from her to look on the bright side — and know that we’ll all be smiling again.

Harry Row is so sad

Harry is furious that the new king said it was

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Harry is furious that the new king said it was “not appropriate” for his wife to come to Balmoral to join the family on the day the queen diedCredit: PA

US is told Prince Harry is furious with his father for banning Meghan from joining the grieving royal family on the day of the Queen’s death.

The Duke of Sussex reportedly wanted his wife to accompany him when a royal group traveled to Balmoral for their final goodbye to the Queen on September 8.

Apparently Britain’s new king called his youngest son and told him it was “not appropriate” for his wife to be there.

As a result, Harry abstained from having dinner with King Charles III. And his brother, the Prince of Wales, on the Scottish estate.

All of this – if true – sounds like such a toxic mess.

The idea that they could all be in the same place when the most important woman in their life just died and not have dinner together really sheds light on what an impenetrable mess their relationships have become.

How sad.

Full marks for Kate’s pants pose

Kate Beckinsale credited nothing but big pants for looking absolutely stunning in a recent bikini photo.

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Kate Beckinsale credited nothing but big pants for looking absolutely stunning in a recent bikini photo.

IF only this tactic had worked for Bridget Jones too. . .

Kate Beckinsale credited nothing but big pants for looking absolutely stunning in a recent bikini photo.

After snapping a selfie, Kate wrote, “Full coverage panties are remarkably helpful.”

I mean, I’m sure full coverage helps — well, it certainly would help me — but Kate’s fabulous physique certainly has more to do with the fact that she works out a whopping six hours a week.

The truth is, you get out what you put in.

And she looks stunning. Good for you.

Tell us the beauty secret

At 68, Christine Brinkley looks at least 30 years younger

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At 68, Christine Brinkley looks at least 30 years youngerPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

ONLY how does Christie Brinkley do it?

At 68, she looks at least 30 years younger.

She decided to share her secret with us in an Instagram post, revealing the four ways she keeps her youthful looks.

Apparently it comes down to sleep, diet, hydration and skin protection.

She shared her favorite beauty products and spoke about the anti-aging routine she follows religiously.

She wrote: “It’s what you do EVERY DAY that determines how healthy and alive you look and feel.

“Sleep well, eat a rainbow organic diet, stay hydrated, and protect and nourish your skin 24 hours a day.”

I’d really like to believe that’s true. If only there was a cream that shaves 30 years.

So come on Christie, tell us what’s really behind your flawless looks.

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