Most online child abuse ‘targets girls aged 13 and under’

  • The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) annual report shows most online child abuse is targeted at girls aged 7 to 13 who own smartphones.
  • The IWF acted on 252,000 child abuse reports to remove explicit content online, where 91% involved girls aged 13 or under.
  • 68% of reports involved 11- to 13-year-olds – deemed to be the most vulnerable age as this is when most children are given mobile phones.
  • You can read the full story on The Telegraph’s website.

Google adds new ‘data safety’ labels to Play Store listings

  • Google is adding new updated ‘data safety’ labels for all apps listed in the Play Store.
  • These will provide more specific information in regard to what data each app collects, how developers use your data and the app’s security practices.
  • They are aiming to increase transparency over the process of data handling.
  • Developers will be required to complete this section for their apps or risk penalties and being unlisted from the marketplace.
  • You can read the full story on the Social Media Today’s website.

Instagram is testing pinned grid posts

  • Instagram is testing a feature to let users ‘pin’ or highlight specific posts at the top of their profile grid.
  • The feature is currently available for testing for some users and no wider release date has been confirmed.
  • This is similar to Twitter’s pinned tweets and TikTok’s pinned videos.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Schools braced for further disruption

  • Schools could face further disruption after members of one of NI’s leading teaching unions voted in favour of strike action over workload, pay, and working conditions.
  • This follows a survey of NASUWT members where 74% reported their workload increased significantly in the past two years.
  • The survey also illustrated that 54% were seriously considering leaving the profession.
  • You can read the full story on the Belfast Telegraph’s website.