Schoolboy, 15, bullied to death by trolls on the internet: friends say vile posts drove him to despair Friends say Joshua Unsworth was hounded by internet trollsThe 15-year-old was found dead behind his home in LancashireSchool says staff and pupils are 'shocked and upset' By James Tozer PUBLISHED: 14:40 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 8 April 2013 Victim: Joshua Unsworth, 15, was found hanged after allegedly being bullied on social media sites A schoolboy found hanged in his parents’ garden had complained of cyber-bullying on a notorious social networking site, it has emerged. Josh Unsworth, 15, had endured months of abusive messages on his profile on Ask.fm, which has been described by child safety experts as a ‘stalker’s paradise’. At one point his father Gary, 46, apparently took over the page, threatening to report the abusers to police.
First name terms No, Mr and Mrs to you: Two-thirds of us hate it when cold callers use our first names Poll finds three in ten people fed up with strangers treating them like friends One in five objected to Facebook's 'how's it going' messages Most traditional views held in Wales, while Scottish are more relaxed By Claire Ellicott PUBLISHED: 00:37 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:23 GMT, 2 April 2013 A survey found almost two-thirds of us hate cold callers who address customers by their first name Answering the phone halfway through dinner to a cold caller trying to sell you things you’ll never want or need is bad enough. What’s worse When they use your first name to do it. Almost two-thirds of us hate cold callers who address customers by their first name and start conversations with ‘hi’, a study found.
Age of innocence: Beautiful homespun images capture early 20th century 'wonder years' when children ran barefoot instead of playing Xbox By Daniel Miller PUBLISHED: 18:11 GMT, 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:02 GMT, 1 February 2013 These fascinating pictures of American and Canadian youngsters in the first half of the 20th century capture an almost forgotten age of innocence and the simplest of pleasures. The photographs, from the archives of the National Geographic magazine, show children from around two or three up until their early teens and give a fascinating glimpse into what life was like for youngsters without the all trappings of the modern world which we now take so much for granted.
Gary Lineker quits Twitter 'because it was wasting too much time' By Hanna Flint PUBLISHED: 18:33 GMT, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:46 GMT, 20 January 2013 Full time: Gary Lineker deleted his Twitter account for 'personal reasons' Gary Lineker has mysteriously quit Twitter, claiming he is closing his account ‘for personal reasons’. The Match of the Day host, who joined the social networking site last year, quickly became one of Britain’s most popular users with 1.3million followers. However, he signed off at 7.20pm on Friday with the cryptic message: ‘I’m leaving Twitter for personal reasons.
Father apologises after football fan son, 10, is engulfed in Twitter race storm for blacking up his face to look like his favourite player El Hadji Diouf Leeds fan posted pictures of himself with El Hadji Diouf on Twitter Pictured with a blacked up face and white mohican to look like his heroPosed with Diouf and other Leeds players and manager Neil Warnock Caused backlash on Twitter with users accusing the child of being racist Child's father had to take to social networking site to defend his son By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 20:06 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 21:07 GMT, 2 January 2013 A ten-year-old Leeds United fan has become embroiled in an online race row after he blacked up to pose with his hero El Hadji Diouf. The child posted a series of pictures on his Twitter account provoking a backlash from users who said he was racist. But the primary school child said he did not realise it would be offensive and did it as a tribute to his footballing hero
Students' Facebook confessions about binge-drinking and bed hopping 'could make them unemployable'Academic chiefs have warned 'irresponsible' posts could hurt job prospectsSwansea University students have been posting 'confessions' to FacebookThe university and students' union has warned against sharing lurid details By James Rush PUBLISHED: 16:27 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:54 GMT, 1 January 2013 Students who use social networking sites to confess about their boozing and bed-hopping have been warned it could leave them unemployable. Undergraduates have been swapping tales of binge-drinking and lewd behaviour on the social networking site Facebook, leading academic chiefs to warn their racy anecdotes could damage their future job prospects.
5,000 people investigated by police for something they said on Facebook or Twitter as 'social network crime' soars 800% Crimes include posting menacing messages, and sexual offences such as grooming In 2008 there were just 556 reports of crimes; last year there were 4,908In 2011, 653 people were charged for crimes involving Facebook and Twitter Police: 'Officers should only respond to complaints that cause genuine harm' | UPDATED: 22:26 GMT, 27 December 2012 Reports of crimes involving Facebook and Twitter – such as posting abusive messages, grooming and complaints of stalking – have increased eight-fold in four years.
Growing army of e-grandparents: Half now send emails regularly and a quarter own a laptopOlder generation increasingly tech-savvy, according to new researchGrandchildren regularly use social media, e-mail and texting to stay in touchA quarter of those surveyed now own a laptop PUBLISHED: 22:35 GMT, 27 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 Hi kids: Around 78 per cent of grandparents say they are competent in online communication. File picture Half of Brits now keep in touch with grandparents and elderly relatives by text message, email and even Facebook, a study has revealed. Instead of picking up the phone, many are now using social networking sites to update their relatives, with nearly a quarter of grannies claiming they are regular users of Facebook
Celebrating Christmas with a bang: Americans pose happily by the tree with guns they were given as gifts despite wake of deadly shootingsNumerous Americans take to social networking sites to display the guns they received as Christmas presents The AR-15 was used in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora Colorado, shootings as well as the deadly Christmas Eve ambush on Webster, New York, firefighters | UPDATED: 15:09 GMT, 26 December 2012 Santa Claus came to town – and he was packing heat – as numerous Americans were seen on social networks posing in front of their Christmas trees with the same assault rifle used by the gunmen in three recent bloody killings. Grinning from ear-to-ear, those who received AR-15 assault rifles took to sites like Twitter and Instagram, posting photos of themselves with their brand new toys. One Twitter user posted: 'I got just what I wanted.
'I'm going to do some cooking today': Crematorium worker suspended for posting sick jokes about the dead on Facebook Matthew Kay accused of posting series of tasteless posts over three year period about job at Newcastle Crematorium These include references to 'laughing' during a funeral and burning himself on metal replacement joints'Described his job on Facebook page as full-time cook' | UPDATED: 16:55 GMT, 24 December 2012 Accused: Matthew Kay, a Newcastle crematorium worker, has been suspended after allegedly mocking his job and the dead on his Facebook page A crematorium worker has been suspended after he apparently posted comments mocking his job and the dead on his Facebook page. Matthew Kay, who works as a technician at the West Road Crematorium, Fenham, Newcastle, is accused of writing a stream of vile comments on the social networking site over a period of around three years. The Newcastle City Council employee also allegedly uploaded a photo of what appears to be the machine control buttons in the crematorium with tinsel around them, writing underneath, 'Hurrah, it took me ages to put up the Christmas decorations at work today.' On his page, he wrote he worked as a crematorium technician for the council and described his job as, 'Full-time Cook.' One of the most offensive status updates on Mr Kay's personal Facebook page referred to the cremation of a body containing metal bone joints