Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Tool allows under-18s to report nude photos of themselves online 

  • Under-18s who want nude pictures or videos of themselves removed from the internet can now report the images through an online tool. 
  • The service – from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Childline – aims to help children who have been groomed, or whose partners have posted photos of them online. 
  • The IWF will examine the images and try and remove them if they break the law.
  • It claims that the tool is a “world-first” and could help many worried children.
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    ‘Danger warnings’ could be stamped on sex offenders’ passports and driving licences

    • Labour MP Sarah Champion is calling for sex offenders to have a ‘danger warning’ stamped on their passports and driving licences. 
    • The MP for Rotherham hopes the change will close a loophole whereby paedophiles change their names so that crimes do not show up during Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks to work with children and vulnerable adults. 
    • By logging sex offenders’ passports and licences, the ‘danger’ alert would be flagged up each time someone changed their name. 
    • Former shadow abuse prevention minister Ms Champion said: “They are slipping under the radar with devastating consequences. If the name-change process was joined up it would stop the sex offender from successfully receiving a DBS check.”
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    TikTok launches ‘Jumps’ feature to promote third-party apps and experiences within clips

    • TikTok has announced the launch of a new feature called ‘Jumps’, which will enable creators to link to third-party owned mini-programs and services from their video clips, including recipes, quizzes, and more. 
    • You can see the ‘Jumps’ displayed as links on these screenshots. When tapped, the links then take users through to a selection of approved, third-party experiences, which users can add to their clips within the upload process. 
    • This is very similar to Snapchat’s recent expansion of its developer tools to facilitate support for third-party apps within Spotlight, its own version of TikTok.
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      ‘I want girls to be proud of being girls’, says Ofsted chief inspector 

      • It is “sad if girls can’t be proud of being girls”, England’s chief inspector of schools has said, after a London school said it was renaming the role of head girl. 
      • Amanda Spielman said she wanted to ensure that the “power” of being a woman “doesn’t get lost”. 
      • St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith, London, said it would rename the “head of school” role partly because of “binary connotations”. 
      • Staff told The Times it sent a damaging message.
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