NFTs may be coming to Instagram soon

  • Mark Zuckerberg reports that non-fungible tokens (NFTs) will be coming to Instagram “over the next few months”.
  • This follows the introduction of NFTs into Twitter as profile pictures, but no official announcement or release date has been made for Instagram.
  • For more information on NFTs, check out our article.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Met Police apologises for strip-search of Hackney schoolgirl

  • In 2020, Child Q, a Black female child of secondary school age, was stripped and searched by female police officers from the Metropolitan Police Service.
  • The search involved the exposure of her intimate body parts which took place on school premises without an appropriate adult present while she was menstruating.
  • The Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review concluded that race was “likely a factor” and the search was unjustified, Met Police have apologised.
  • You can read the full story on BBC’s website.

Children’s Commissioner calls for more power for Ofcom to protect children

  • Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza has urged ministers to go further in their duty of care.
  • She claims that Ofcom should be granted power to impose criminal sanctions on senior managers if they fail to protect children from harm online.
  • This would mean that tech bosses would face up to two years in prison for failing to prevent children being exposed to illegal content or behaviour such as abuse.
  • You can read the full story on The Telegraph’s website.

County Durham and Darlington children ‘self-poisoning’

  • Figures from NHS Digital show that children as young as nine in County Durham and Darlington have been treated for self-poisoning or self-harm.
  • There were around 230 admissions for self-harm or self-poisoning, such as overdoses, for children aged nine to 17.
  • This was an increase from 190 admissions in 2019 to 2020.
  • You can read the full story on The Northern Echo’s website.