Study finds that children are more honest about mental health when talking to robot

  • A team from the University of Cambridge found that children aged 8-13 felt more comfortable talking about mental health with a child sized robot.
  • Children disclosed more information to the Nao Robot than they did to their parents during the study.
  • Whilst the study revealed that children show positive attitudes to interactive technology, the team did not suggest that robots replace medical professionals.
  • For more on this story, visit the Guardian website.

Twitter’s systems cannot accurately detect child sexual exploitation, according to report

  • Twitter’s attempt to monetise adult content on the platform has been halted.
  • An investigation revealed that Twitter cannot accurately detect child sexual exploitation or non-consensual nudity at scale on the platform.
  • The social media platform lacks the tools to verify the age of creators and consumers of adult content.
  • Visit the Independent website for more information.

One-click account hacking found on TikTok

  • A vulnerability on TikTok for android can let hackers take over any account through one click.
  • The bug was found by Microsoft’s 365 Defender Research Team, and TikTok was notified immediately.
  • The fault has since been patched, but this acts as a reminder to never click on a link that you are unsure of.
  • For more on this, please visit the Verge website.

Child assaults in Lancashire Town

  • Children as young as 11 have been subject to attacks from teenagers in Lancashire town.
  • The assaults have been filmed and shared on social media.
  • Victims’ mothers say that the police “aren’t doing enough to stop the group”.
  • They believe the police have not responded fast enough, and in one case it took two weeks for an officer to visit the family.
  • Read more about this story on the BBC website.