An internet expert reveals how much one family's children are revealing about themselves online, and how vulnerable this makes them.
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A welcome to Inside Out. This week, how safe are your
children on the Internet. 18 age girl tells how online
Billy's made her life hell. Also, the rise of the bug. Could we
all be getting that itchy feeling as the bed but sees a huge rise in
the North. Prof will play the worst I have
seen so far. There were thousands of them. Probably the worst.
For most of us, the internet and technology like smart phones have
revolutionised the way we live our lives, from catching a bus to
arranging the night's entertainment. But when we see headlines about
online grooming and arrests of paedophiles for downloading
pornographic images, we must question how safe is this window on
the world particularly when it It was pure hell, I dreaded turning
on the computer. I would have a bad day at school and I would come home
and I would think, oh my goodness. If the internet is an integral part
of our lives but does it dictates how we live?
Technology is a part of people's lives. They are more savvy. It puts
you in the dark. There will be people I'm and two are not to they
said they are. In most ways, this 15-year-old is
typical when it comes to her use of the Internet and social networking.
When I meet up with her after school she has already spent
several hours online. Today it is harmless but for a while, life on
the Internet made her question if she wanted to live in the real
world. People would give me abuse and they
would not get to know me for who I am. After about one hour of having
an account I had about 10 messages from the same person, saying, kill
yourself and everybody hates you. So people were telling you descend
you actually thought about it? It is all well and good people
saying you will get over it, it cannot be that bad. You just think,
it is that bad, you do not know how I feel. So why did you not just go
outside? It is not a possibility. We are the
generation of the Internet. We are so dependent on it for everything.
The number of homes with an intimate collection has increased a
lot. How can we enjoy the benefits of technology without falling
victim to the pet falls? I will talk to you about being on line and
out to be safe. With 40% of children admitting they
have been bullied on line, schools are getting proactive. This man's
job is to educate children and teachers.
Hands up if you have a fear spake profile?
I like playing games and ban on Facebook a lot. My mum and dad were
the first person to be my friend. do not have the pass word I can
only go on with my parents's permission.
Unlike those 10 year-olds I am not particularly upon technology.
Tim has invited me for a lesson. We are seeing a big move towards
official recognition so you could be using a certain application and
you could be walking down the street and actually gathered
information from someone else. Literally by taking a picture of
somebody? That is what things are moving too.
This application finds photographs from 10's kitchen table, we get
just two maquettes. But in a town or city a could be hundreds. There
could be images of young children. 10 will show may have a simple
photo could be a map to a potential victim.
You can see the picture is applauded and through the map
system, it can see exactly where that photo was taken and exactly
how. We have had cases in the past where young people have been
followed or stalked by others because of the fact they have used
applications like this. The evidence is perversely all over
the internet and there are many sites which off for help and advice.
How can adults make a difference when they have less knowledge?
This family all go on line in different ways at different times
for different reasons. There are parental controls set up and
internet safety packages are used. They try to supervise most Web
activities. Now they have allowed their girls to have Facebook pace -
- pages, they are worried it is not enough.
If their friends have it, they are like, my friends have it, and you
are letting me down. I asked ten to come with us to
check out their network and to point out any potential dangers.
Show me, using your Facebook page, how many friends have you got.
Did you know she had that many friends? No, I was unaware of that.
Do you know of these people? Yes. Sometimes people might be somebody
different to who they say they are. The privacy settings are high but
all of those friends can access everything she posts. He asks them
to check of the friends and turns of his DPS. -- DPS.
If this finds another Nintendo, data could be exchanged between
them. So somebody could be in the garden chatting to her without...?
Yes, it will send information. You can restrict the photo data that
can be exchanged. Is all of this just scaremongering?
Not if you consider the amount of investigations carried out by
police. In the three years since this unit
was set up, the team's caseload has steadily increased with social
networking site say right hunting ground.
I would not expect my child to walk down the street and hand-out
photographs of themselves in a real environment, however, in the safety
of your own, that is what is happening. Children are meeting
people on line and not knowing who they are.
Even read the headlines and warnings, will this new generation
alter their habits or do they even recognise the dangers?
A out for coffee with friends, these teams will not ignore their
virtual palace. Although they get the risks, they admit they feel the
danger does not apply to them. I used friends on Facebook with
people you are not friends with? I do not think I know 500 people.
would not at somebody I did not know of.
You have the option to not let people see what you do not want
them to. I think mine is still open so anyone could type in my user
name and see all of my profile. Doesn't that worry you? I should
probably change that actually. They obviously have plenty of of
first-hand knowledge of the benefits and for Edgbaston -- the
benefits and pitfalls. I would never meet somebody who I
did not know who it was. There are meet up slots through this website,
but you meet people just because you like what they posted.
I would not just made to some random, but I would meet people at
a meet up. You know the precautions and the
issues but you kind of presume it will not happen to you.
I do not have of many concerns for this group but strangely, if they
need help, the person who will be on hand is this woman. She is
channelling her power -- her past experiences into new areas. She
gives much of her free time to helping other victims of internet
bullying. If you have concerns about your
children's security on social media sites, we have some expert advice
for you. Coming up: quieter than the grave. Decipher in a medieval
message that might shed light on the country's bloodiest ever battle.
They are supposed to be a thing of the past but bedbugs are back and
they are coming to a room near you. Figures seen by us suggest a 50%
rise in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and it is predicted to get worse.
Our correspondent has been to see one of the worst infestations the
pest controller has seen for years. In a terraced house in Leeds Ryan
Bedingfield is on the hunt for some very unwelcome visitors. And
they've found them. These tiny pests hiding from the light are bed
bugs. Once almost eliminated from our homes, numbers are now soaring
again. And this house is crawling with them. There is one, sitting
there. Another one in here, look. He has fed fairly recently. There
was another one here, crawling down the piping. You actually have a
five just in this small location. These bed bugs have been feeding on
the students in this house, sucking their blood and leaving them with
nasty swollen bitemarks. My eye was Wallen and you can see some marks
here. And here. And my back and my neck and my legs.
This is a serious infestation but this case is not unusual. Bed bugs
are back and with a vengeance. are very tricky to get rid of. They
are very flat and they can hide in very small places which makes it
very hard to find where they are This is the culprit in close-up.
Meet Cimex Lectularius, the common bed bug. One bug can lay 500 eggs
in a lifetime and they can live for months without feeding. At night
they pick up on the carbon dioxide breathed out by us during sleep and
crawl out to suck our blood. They are in here. This is a fantastic
hidings place. Here are the blood spots right in the corner of the
hinge. In you can see that. That is quite big. The bottom is riddled in
blood spots. It just shows the importance of doing a good
investigation. They hide in all sorts of places. Why are they in
the wardrobe? It is dark and out of the way. They could be hiding
anywhere in his wardrobe. Within these clothes, all within the bags.
If you take this back to a hotel, you will be taking them with you.
Cities are the bed bugs' favourite home. Here they can hitch a lift on
clothing, luggage and public transport into cafes, hotels,
workplaces and ultimately into your home. I have just found out there
is a bed but infestation here... It's five years since Inside Out
first revealed that bed bugs were back. Our research shows that since
then bed bug cases in the North are up by as much as 40%. That's a
conservative estimate. Pinpointing a precise figure is tricky because
official records don't have to be kept. Night to find out more about
them. Sheffield University is a leading bed bugs Research Centre.
They have been keeping thousands of them here for years. We have 10 to
20,000 here. We have a few different methods of feeding them.
They feed quite a lot on me. how many of these things are you
feeding a week? 5,000 to 10,000. Richard is the human equivalent of
a mobile bed bug burger van. Here's how he does it. I drop them on the
back of my hand and they do not miss an opportunity. That has not
taken long at all. Does that hurt? It does not hurt. They have to be
able to feed on you and get away with it without you realising. They
also have an anaesthetic in their saliva which helps to non-U. They
are all getting a little bit fatter. So this well up? There you go.
you do not mind doing this? I am just used to it.
There's a very serious point to all this. Their work here shows bed
bugs are developing an alarming resistance to pesticides. We keep
some strains that have been in culture for 40 years, so we know
what I'm on resistant bed bugs is. We can compare these cultures to
one's collected recently in London. These may be thousands of times
more resistant to the kinds of insects the sides people use today.
-- insecticides. None of this bodes well. I've come
to London to try to find out how widespread the UK bed bug problem
really is. David Cain is a bed bug specialist.
While estimates suggest an increase of 40 to 50% in the North, he says
the problem countrywide is a lot worse than that and it is our
modern well-travelled lifestyle that's to blame. From the data we
have seen, in certain cities there seems to be a 300% to 500% increase,
you on you. That is not an unreasonable figure. It is a
multiple cities around the UK. We are certainly seeing that if not
greater increases in most of the global cities as well.
David used the Freedom of Information Act to request London
Borough bed bug records. The result is a map showing corridors of
infestation running through the capital from international airports
and public transport thoroughfares. He's about to map the whole of the
UK in a similar fashion but his predictions beyond 2012 are gloomy.
One year's worth of tourism in a nine-week period brings one year's
worth of bedbugs. You super charge the population of bed bugs in the
host cities. At the end of the Games, 98% of all hotels in Sydney
had at least one infected room. Within nine months, 75% of all the
rentable accommodation in the whole of Australia had at least one
infected room. It spreads that quickly.
Back at this student house in Leeds, it is time to chuck out the
infested sofa and let the students meet their unwelcome housemates
face to face. These are some of the bedbugs that were collected from
your room. The ones that are very dark brown, that is the colour of
your blood. They're the ones that have been feasting on news. You
were attacked. Your room was infested. It was horrible. After
doing an inspection on the whole house, I would say it was one of
the worst I have seen. There was thousands of them. They were all
over the place. This house will probably need
repeat treatments to catch all the bugs. Cases like this for now are
reasonably easily dealt with by professional pest controllers. But
for how long? It is a long way off before we see
new classes of insecticides that are effective against bedbugs. They
are good at all evolving resistance as well. How long do you have
before they find the mutation that gets round whatever insecticide you
are using? It is a gloomy outlook. And now more than ever the advice
for a good night is to sleep tight and after checking every corner and
crevice in your house hope the bed bugs don't bite.
One of the most important battles ever fought on British soil took
place write here in North Yorkshire. On that brittle day in 1461, an
influential nobleman was killed and buried in a churchyard nearby. Now,
a team of archaeologists from the University of York were using new
techniques to decipher a puzzling inscription on his medieval tombs.
In a chilly winter 550 years ago, the Wars of the Roses tore through
the Yorkshire countryside. On Towton fields near Tadcaster they
lined up for what would become the bloodiest battle ever fought on
English soil. Archer against archer, cousin against cousin, steel
against steel. The battle lasted from dawn until
dusk in freezing blizzards. 28,000 men died here, and some slowly.
Countless foot soldiers were lost and many noblemen, too, were to
perish on that Palm Sunday. One of them, the Lancastrian Lord Dacre,
would fall in the thick of the action. Fighting in full armour
would have been extremely hard work. Hot and thirsty, he removed his
helmet and drank what could be his last drink.
Some accounts tell of a boy with a crossbow hiding in a burr tree.
Others say it was a lucky archer who spotted the vulnerable
commander. Either way, the end was the same. He fell dead, an arrow
lodged in his neck. The unlucky Lord ended up buried close to where
he fell. In the nearby village of Saxton, the churchyard is the last
resting place for the bones of both Lancastrians and Yorkists. They're
all equal now. The ground under my feet will be heaving with the dead
from courage here. Most of them did not have their names in the history
books, but this final resting place is his. Legend has he was buried
upright and on his horse. The tomb dates from the 15th
century and the years have been far from kind. The ancient inscription
has all but worn away and the last time the words were legible enough
to transcribe was probably in the Victorian era. No-one can be sure
how accurate the previous interpretations of the complicated
Latin actually were, and in recent times, archaeologists have never
attempted to record exactly what remains of the inscription. Until
now. A team from the University of York,
led by archaeologist Tim Sutherland, are hoping to make a definitive
record of the tomb's Latin inscription and confirm what was
actually chiselled into the stone 500 years ago. It basically says,
here lies Lords Baker, the Lancastrian night he thought for
Henry the sixth. And although it is the Latin text, it is an
abbreviated Latin text, so what is not just a simple case of reading
it often that is not just what it says. There are sizable chunks
missing as well. Record in this with millimetre precision for the
very first time will give us new information. The person that
originally transcribe this did at several hundred years ago and so,
do we believe them? As with everything else connected with the
battles, we actually think we know a lot more than we actually do know.
The team set up their equipment and prepare to take hundreds of
photographs of the top of the tomb. Before they can begin, though,
they'll need darkness and a lot of patience on a chilly night. We are
breaking a light over the surface to try and bring out the shadows
and taking photographs and multiple directions to then stitch it back
together and try and see as much detail as possible. You are using
shadows to try and see what is there? Yes. By holding a low light,
it is remarkable how much detail can come out. We are going to
combine all those photographs into one photograph and that will allow
us to record the inscriptions left on the tomb.
It is a real jigsaw of light but immediately the photographs offer a
tantalising glimpse of abbreviated Latin text. We can already see it
has probably lost two or three mm of depth on the surface over the
past hundred years or so. That will accelerate. The more it wears, the
more water will freeze. It is very important to do it now. Look at
that! You can see the really faint but in the middle. We are already
finding things on it and that we did not know were there. There
appears to be some graffiti. Probably 200 years old! And you can
really see the effect of it now. is almost impossible to think you
cannot see this in daylight! It is showing up so nicely.
The team work through the night, managing to faithfully record every
It is just over a month since they photographed the tomb, and here at
the University of York, they are starting to piece together some of
the date of. And initial analysis quickly shows that the weathering
of the tomb's lettering is far worse than anyone thought. It is
pretty obvious that a lot of the stone has gone and it is extremely
difficult to read whole words or reconstruct the entire inscription
as it once was. That is just because it has just whether the way.
You are talking about losing a significant amount of the surface?
Exactly. Presumably, when this was fresh, when it was right from the
Maze and's hands. It would have been as smooth as this table top.
This is just the start. We have been in the field and collected the
data and put the data in a computer. Now we have to spend a long time
manipulating all the images and interpreting every single line and
crack on the surface of that tomb and what that will mean is, we will
come out with the most likely interpretation. That is all we can
do after 550 years of wear. I am not sure if we will be able to
reconstruct word for word the entire inscription, but we will be
able to identify key words, hopefully names, the date we can
probably polite. We need to just spend time comparing what we can
see with what the antiquarians 200 years ago thought they could see
and find out, going letter by letter, or in some cases, stroked
by stroke, to see the differences between them and try and puzzle out
what it says. Once the letters are pieced together, Latin experts will
have their say on the exact meaning of the words they make. A slow and
laborious process, but Tim's convinced it's worth all the effort.
This monument will only exist in this manner for a certain amount of
time before it crumbles into dust. It is exposed to all the elements.
We have just caught best in the nick of time so we can capture this
moment and the text. That is important.
For the moment, the exact inscription on Lord Dacre's tomb
may remain a perplexing puzzle but the archaeologists have managed, at
the very least, to cast light on a medieval message that was once lost
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How safe are your children on the web? Inside Out sends an internet guru to show a family just how much their children are revealing about themselves online.