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January 17, 2024

Over 90% of child sexual abuse imagery is self-generated, data shows 

  • The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said it found self-generated child sexual abuse material (CSAM) featuring children under 10 on more than 100,000 webpages in the last year.
  • Some imagery was created by children as young as three years old, and a fifth was ranked as containing “category A” harm, the most severe types of sexual abuse.
  • The IWF now fears that Meta’s decision to use end-to-end encryption will prevent reports of this material.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

Cambridge study finds girls outperform boys at school 

  • A new UK study reveals consistent academic superiority of girls over boys from primary school to university, yet this advantage does not necessarily translate to employment.
  • The researchers found that educational reforms and the disruption cause by Covid-19 had not altered existing patterns.
  • Matthew Carroll, who led the study, reported that young women remained underrepresented in Stem subjects.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Gamers could face irreversible hearing loss and tinnitus, study warns 

  • A study has shown that gamers may be at risk of irreversible hearing loss and tinnitus.
  • The research suggests that the prolonged use of high-intensity sound could contribute to these auditory issues.
  • The study emphasises the importance of education and awareness to promote safe listening among gamers.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

Co Antrim primary becomes latest issued with closure threat as rural schools form ‘survival group’ 

  • Straidhavern Primary School is among nearly 200 Northern Ireland primary schools at risk of closure due to low pupil numbers.
  • The Education Authority’s consultation on Straidhavern’s discontinuance ended yesterday.
  • The Rural Schools Closure Group, established after a legal win for St Mary’s PS, is actively opposing closures and seeks an urgent meeting with the Department of Education’s Permanent Secretary, Mark Browne.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.