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March 22, 2024

Good Things Foundation sets minimum digital living standard for families

  • Good Things Foundation, a digital inclusion charity, has released a minimum digital living standard for UK households with children.
  • The research surveyed over 1,500 households, uncovering family needs and barriers to digital access.
  • The report emphasises the importance of digital access in family life and identifies poverty as a significant obstacle to meeting this standard.
  • It reveals that over 40% of households with children do not have parents with the skills to ensure digital safety.
  • For the full report, please click here.
  • For more on this story, please visit the UK Authority website.

Snapchat “horrified” by catfish crimes

  • Snapchat has intensified its privacy and protection protocols in response to an investigation into a largescale catfishing scheme orchestrated by Alexander McCartney from Newry.
  • The social media platform expressed sympathy for the victims affected by McCartney’s actions, who pleaded guilty to over 180 charges, including possessing indecent images of children.
  • Catfishing involves the creation of fake online identities to deceive others, often for purposes such as initiating romantic relationships or committing financial fraud.
  • For more, please visit the Newry Reporter website.

Concern as Belfast sex offender returns to live in house opposite victims

  • A Belfast man convicted of sexually assaulting a mother and her teenage daughter is now living in a house opposite them.
  • The man was convicted on 6th March 2024 of sexually assaulting the mother and daughter in July 2023.
  • He pleaded guilty to both charges and was given a five month prison sentence, suspended for three years and is required to sign on the sex offenders register for seven years.
  • The man is also subject to a restraining order against his teenage victim which is in place until 2027.
  • The mother and daughter are terrified to leave their home in case they come into contact with him.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Live website.