Gardaí investigate if schoolgirl (14) died after taking part in ‘TikTok challenge’
- Gardaí are investigating if a teenage girl has died after taking part in a viral social media ‘challenge’.
- The 14-year-old took ill over the weekend and was rushed to a Dublin hospital.
- It was believed she became very ill after inhaling aerosol after seeing a ‘challenge’ on TikTok.
- The trend is commonly known as ‘chroming’.
- She was pronounced dead on Monday morning and an investigation is taking place.
- TikTok has said in a statement that their sympathies are with the family and content of this nature is “prohibited” on their platform and “will be removed if found’.
- For more please visit the Independent’s website.
UK and US pledge to combat AI-generated images of child abuse
- The US and UK have committed to developing and funding new capabilities to prevent the spread of AI-generated images of children.
- The Home Secretary, Suella Braverman travelled to Washington this week, where she visited the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the US-based child protection organisation.
- The NCMEC’s work includes reporting online child sexual abuse cases to global law enforcement agencies.
- The two countries have issued a joint statement pledging to work together to innovate and explore development of new solutions to fight the spread of this imagery and have called other nations to join them.
- The Home Secretary’s visit comes a week after launching a campaign calling on Meta not to roll out end-to-end encryption on its platforms without robust safety measures to ensure children are protected from sexual abuse and exploitation.
- The UK Government looks forward to collaboration with tech company leaders. Industry experts and other nations in ensuring the safe use of technology.
- For more, please visit the UK Government website.
Our Covid-19 Inquiry Report
- Save the Children have released a report in partnership with the Children’s Rights Alliance for England and Just for Kids Law and backed by the former Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield.
- The report found that there are clear lessons to be learned and better systems put in place to protect children if a pandemic was to occur again.
- They conclude that the loss of children’s freedoms could have been prevented if political leaders had better considered children’s rights and views.
- They recommend that the UK Government to appoint a cabinet minister for Children and Young People, and make sure in times of crisis they are involved in key decisions.
- The report further provides recommendations that the government should pass a law to make schools “essential infrastructure”, so MPs have more oversight before any closures.
- Lastly, they state that the government should properly fund a Children’s Recovery Plan to “tackle the long-term effects on children’s social, emotional and educational needs.”
- For more, please visit the Save the Children website.
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Horror as 15-year-old girl fatally stabbed on her way to school
- A 15-year-old girl died after being stabbed in the neck with a foot-long knife in Croydon.
- Members of the public rushed to help the girl who was attacked.
- A 17-year-old boy who knew the victim has been arrested and is known to the local community groups for the last couple of years.
- Both the land and air ambulance attended, but she was pronounced dead at the scene 50 minutes later.
- Witnesses, or anyone with information have been asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference CAD 1601/27Sep, and to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.
- For more, please visit the Independent website.
School: One in six secondary pupils regularly absent in Wales
- Welsh Government data suggests that around one in six secondary school pupils in Wales are persistently absent from school.
- The data suggests that 16.3% of pupils aged between 11-5 were persistently absent between 2022-23.
- 35.7% of those absent were pupils who are eligible free school meals.
- Persistent absence is defined as missing 20% of the most common required sessions.
- Overall levels of absence, based on missed half-day sessions have also doubled in number.
- Association of School and College Leaders Cymru dubbed the statistics “shocking” but felt many within the profession would not be surprised.
- Welsh Conservative education spokeswoman Laura Anne Jones urged Welsh Ministers to come up with a detailed plan to address the rise in school absenteeism.
- For more, please visit the BBC News website.