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Children’s rights group 5Rights has launched ‘Twisted Toys’, a campaign which helps parents to understand the insidious dangers that children are exposed to in the digital world

Children’s rights group 5Rights has launched ‘Twisted Toys’, a campaign which helps parents to understand the insidious dangers that children are exposed to in the digital world. Each Twisted Toy represents a different aspect of the exploitation, surveillance and danger that children face online.

The Twisted Toys such as ‘Stalkie Talkie’, ‘Pocket Troll’ and ‘Share Bear’- traditional toys which take the dangers of the digital world and show how unacceptable they would be in a physical toy.

The campaign also raises awareness of alarming statistics such as:

  •  72 million data-points will be collected on a child before they turn 13 years old
  •  Young people lose 60 minutes of sleep per night to digital devices
  •  58% of girls and young women have been harassed or abused online

Ian Russell, Founder of Molly Rose Foundation, said:
“What might seem to be a disturbing vision of a warped future, in fact reveals the digital danger our children face every day, right now. Since the death of Molly, my youngest daughter in 2017, I have looked into the depths of these perils and felt the disturbing effect they produce. Safely designed tech platforms can be a great benefit to our children but as long as profit continues to be prioritised, distress will be spread digitally, and young lives will be ruined and lost. Twisted Toys sends a clear message and raises awareness about harms too easily found online, harms that can adversely affect our mental wellbeing.
“This 5Rights campaign will save lives, it stimulates reaction and clearly shows effective regulation is long overdue to stop the misery and anguish the tech platforms can cause.”

To find out more visit: https://twisted-toys.com

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