Most online child abuse ‘targets girls aged 13 and under’
- The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) annual report shows most online child abuse is targeted at girls aged 7 to 13 who own smartphones.
- The IWF acted on 252,000 child abuse reports to remove explicit content online, where 91% involved girls aged 13 or under.
- 68% of reports involved 11- to 13-year-olds – deemed to be the most vulnerable age as this is when most children are given mobile phones.
- You can read the full story on The Telegraph’s website.
Google adds new ‘data safety’ labels to Play Store listings
- Google is adding new updated ‘data safety’ labels for all apps listed in the Play Store.
- These will provide more specific information in regard to what data each app collects, how developers use your data and the app’s security practices.
- They are aiming to increase transparency over the process of data handling.
- Developers will be required to complete this section for their apps or risk penalties and being unlisted from the marketplace.
- You can read the full story on the Social Media Today’s website.
Instagram is testing pinned grid posts
- Instagram is testing a feature to let users ‘pin’ or highlight specific posts at the top of their profile grid.
- The feature is currently available for testing for some users and no wider release date has been confirmed.
- This is similar to Twitter’s pinned tweets and TikTok’s pinned videos.
- You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.
New law raises minimum marriage age to 18 in England and Wales
- The legal age of marriage and civil partnerships has been raised to 18 in England and Wales, where previously those aged 16 or 17 could get married with parental consent.
- Under the new rules, children will not face penalties but adults who facilitate their marriage could face up to seven years in jail and a fine, including adults who take children abroad to carry out the marriage.
- The new law also applies to cultural or religious marriages that aren’t registered with the local council.
- You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.
Life in Scotland ‘getting worse’ for LGBT young people
- Findings published in LGBT Youth Scotland’s “Life in Scotland” report shows that less young people consider Scotland a good place to live.
- 69% of respondents reported that transphobia was a ‘big problem” across the whole country – this is the highest level yet recorded.
- The chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland commented that far too many LGBT young people experience high levels of bullying, poorer mental health, and other inequalities.
- You can read the full story on The National’s website.