Charity Warns of Digital Poverty 

  • A charity has warned that a lack of access to basic technology during the lockdown poses a threat to the wellbeing of children.
  • Voices from Care Cymru (VFCC) has said that some children are unable to keep in contact with important support networks.
  • VFCC added that a lack of basic technology is furthering isolation and poor mental health and is calling on local councils to embrace technology to help young people.

Wikipedia Fights Harassment 

  • Wikipedia, the largest online encyclopedia will adopt a more formal moderation process to fight what it considers ‘toxic behaviour’. 
  • Many users, particularly women and members of the LGBTQ community have faced harassment from other volunteers. 
  • Katherine Maher, the chief executive officer of the Wikimedia Foundation said “we must work together to create a safe, inclusive culture, where everyone feels welcome, that their contributions are valued, and that their perspective matters”.

 Schools must Reopen Says Education Secretary Amid Continued Fears of Parents and Teachers

  • The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said that “The coronavirus could be with us for a year or more” so children cannot continue to stay out of school.
  • The Education Secretary has been in a battle with Teachers’ unions who have warned it is not safe to open England’s primary schools on 1 June.
  • Geoff Barton, leader of the ASCL headteachers’ union, said the government have “not done a good job in building confidence in its plans”.

Missed Opportunity to Help Boy Killed in Turf War 

  • A boy who was killed in a drug turf war after being groomed by drug dealers was arrested in a crack den months earlier but police did not contact child exploitation staff. 
  • A young person allegedly dealing drugs in January 2019 in Leyton, north-east London, was mowed down by a car and repeatedly stabbed by a rival gang.
  • A serious case review has found that an opportunity to help this child was missed.

Second Wave of Coronavirus Will Make Millions of Children Suffer

  • The World Health Organisation has warned of an immediate second peak, if restrictions are lifted too early having a “disastrous” impact on children’s rights and wellbeing worldwide. 
  • Dutch NGO KidsRights have said millions of children would fall into extreme poverty because of the outbreak, which has left governments short of money for health and education for young people. 
  • “This crisis turns back the clock on years of progress made on the wellbeing of children,” said founder and chairman of Kids-Rights, Marc Dullaert as it launched its annual survey. 

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