Instagram announce new ways to verify age in partnership with Yoti

  • In addition to uploading ID, Instagram have partnered with Yoti, a company that specialises in age verification software using artificial intelligence.
  • Users are asked to take a video selfie, which is then analysed by Yoti, basing age on facial features and age markers such as wrinkles or grey hair.
  • The third option is ‘social vouching’, where friends can confirm how old another user is.
  • For more on this update, visit the Instagram website.

Children in care are made to move between placements ‘a thousand times every week’

  • A coalition of 7 charities found that children’s care placements were changed more than 220,000 times between 2018 and 2021.
  • This is an estimated 1,059 changes every week, with 64% of these as a result of abuse or neglect in 2021.
  • To mark ‘It’s Our Care Day of Action’, hundreds of young people with experience of being in care gathered at Parliament yesterday to urge MPs to fix the social care system.
  • To read more on this story, visit the Independent website.

NHS warns of scam Covid-test texts

  • In a tweet, the NHS warned followers to be aware of a text scam about ordering Omicron Covid-19 test kits.
  • The organisation confirmed that they never ask for bank details and to be aware of suspicious emails and texts.
  • In an interview with the BBC, The National Cyber Security Centre called cyber-criminals ‘opportunistic’ and that they are exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic for financial gain.
  • For further information on this story, visit the BBC website here.

More than 300 children with Special Educational Needs do not have a school place for September

  • This figure includes 91 children seeking a place in a special school, with the other 202 awaiting a place in mainstream schools.
  • The Education Authority has reported a ‘significant rise’ in the need for special school places.
  • According to the Department of Education, around 22,000 children of school age in Northern Ireland have a statement of Special Educational Needs.
  • For more information on this story, visit the BBC Website.