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March 13, 2024

The rise of live-streamed child abuse – and Britain’s role in it 

  • It’s estimated that millions of children worldwide are being sexually abused to order via live-video streams, with the vast majority from the West.
  • 1.4% of the male population has engaged in a sexually explicit webcam interaction with a child, according to research from the University of Edinburgh, equivalent to more than 450,000 men.
  • Given the lack of action taken by big tech and Western governments, it’s feared these numbers will only rise in the years to come.
  • For more, please visit the Telegraph website.

Discord opens up to games and apps embedded in its chat app 

  • Discord will soon allow developers to build new games and apps that can be used directly in its chat app, from 18th March 2024.
  • Discord has used its Activities feature to enable apps such as YouTube, promote minigames and even encourage users to play with a shared whiteboard experience.
  • However, this update will mean more minigames will be available to be played directly inside Discord chats.
  • For more, please visit The Verge website.

One in eight NI pupils are marked as absent five weeks of the year 

  • One in eight NI pupils are missing around five weeks in total during the school year. 
  • The Department of Education classes chronic absence as a pupil missing between 10% and 20% of days during a school year — from 19 to 38 days. 
  • The lack of investment in educational support services has teachers fearing absenteeism could become embedded in pupil culture. 
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.