Teenagers go online to avoid face-to-face interactions

  • Research by Lloyd’s Bank found that 33% of teenagers prefer to seek advice on the web to avoid the ‘awkwardness’ of asking someone face to face.
  • Surveying 1,000 kids aged 10-17 years and their parents; the bank found that teenagers search for topics ranging from to cooking to make-up tips to financial help to advice for applying for jobs online.
  • However, for relationship advice, ‘mum’ is the first-person teenagers go to, with ‘dad’ being the ‘go-to’ for health tips and revision advice. Advice from teachers is sought for exam tips.
  • For more on this, please visit the Lloyds Banking Group website.

Spotify acquires content moderation tech company

  • Spotify has announced that it is acquiring Kinzen, a content moderation tech company to address platform safety issues.
  • Kinzen’s technology will be used to help the company better moderate podcasts and other audio using a combination of machine learning and human expertise.
  • Kinzen’s solutions are aimed at helping platforms more quickly respond to content moderation issues in real time.
  • For more on this story, visit the Tech Crunch website.

The impact of consuming true crime

  • Research has shown that the consumption of true crime can lead to fears of becoming a victim or can be triggering for survivors of violence or abuse.
  • For example, the new Netflix series about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer has been criticised from the victims’ families, who found it retraumatising.
  • One consumer of a true crime Reddit thread said she stopped consuming this type of content as she was ‘embarrassed and ashamed of how gleefully’ she looked at content without fully considering that the victim was a real person.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Wired website.

Archbishop apologises as more clergy abuse cases uncovered

  • A report looking into abuse by Church of England (CofE) officials has found hundreds of “new” cases, mostly against children and vulnerable adults.
  • Many of the cases were historical, dating back to 1940, while others were as recent as 2018.
  • “Sexual” abuse was the most alleged case of abuse at 181 cases, followed by 39 “emotional” abuse cases, 33 “physical”, and 81 cases were classified as “other”.
  • For more on this story, visit the ITV website.