Almost 100 children in Leicestershire have been groomed by online sexual predators in the past 18 months, according to research by the NSPCC. The 92 cases have come to light since the Government introduced the new offence of ‘sexual communication with a child' via text messaging or social media in April 2017. Across England and Wales, police forces have recorded more than 5,100 cases, the NSPCC reports today. It said girls aged 12 to 15 were most likely to be targeted, although it says it is aware of victims as young as five. Most of the victims were targeted through the major social media sites, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. The charity's chief executive Peter Wanless said: “These figures are overwhelming evidence that keeping children safe cannot be left to social networks. “We cannot wait for the next tragedy before tech companies are made to act." Under its ongoing Wild West Web campaign, the NSPCC is urging the Government and social media giants to … [Read more...] about Warning to parents over ‘predators using social media’
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Poll PUBLISHED: 11:37 15 January 2019 Jake Foxford Many social media apps are accessible to anyone who can claim they are older than 13 years of age Picture: YUI MOK PA Wire/PA Images It is a tough question for many parents - at what age do you allow your children to experience to joys and sometimes the perils of the likes of Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter? Matt Hancock, Conservative MP for West Suffolk Picture: HOUSE OF COMMONSA debate on the issue has today been opened up by West Suffolk MP and health secretary Matt Hancock, who said that he does not allow his two sons and one daughter to use social media.So much of our communication these days is online and many people share some of their happiest and most personal moments on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.It can be a great place to keep in contact with friends and share photos of great holidays, big life moments or even what you ate for dinner.But it comes with its downsides too - many fear … [Read more...] about At what age should you let your children use social media?
opinion Eric Wang Opinion contributor Published 4:00 AM EST Jan 4, 2019 Like an Internet meme promoting a narrative, many now say Russia’s online propaganda in America was focused on interfering with the 2016 elections. Federal and state lawmakers introduced bills, some of which became law, on this predicate. But two reports recently released by the Senate Intelligence Committee suggest this premise is mistaken. As the 116th Congress and new state legislative sessions convene in 2019, lawmakers and their staff should carefully study these reports before they act. The reports reveal how the Russian efforts go far beyond election interference. The real goal is outright sabotage by tearing apart America’s social fabric. Since 2016, states such as New York and Maryland have enacted laws that purport to address Russian interference with U.S. elections. Members of Congress also have justified bills such as the “Honest Ads Act” and … [Read more...] about Russians used social media to divide. Interference laws make it worse.
The Taoiseach caused controversy last month when he suggested that healthcare workers should not take holidays during the first two weeks of January in a bid to solve A&E overcrowding. Mr Varadkar was challenged at the time to publicly apologise to hospital workers for saying emergency department problems are caused because they don’t "turn up" for work over the Christmas period. Mr Varadkar faced a wall of criticism from all political parties for his remarks about the causes of over-crowding, queues, and reliance on trolleys, at hospital emergency departments. The Taoiseach told the Dáil it was time the hospitals operated "at full whack" over the upcoming Christmas holiday period, December 22 to January 3 next. He also warned that consultants and nurses must not take holidays in the first fortnight in January. Fianna Fail frontbench spokesperson Billy Kelleher described the Taoiseach’s comments as "flippant and insensitive" to health service workers "who go … [Read more...] about #ImAtWorkLeo: Doctors and nurses use social media to remind Taoiseach they’re working non-stop over Christmas
In the age of social media, so much time is spent telling the world about what you’re doing, where you’re holidaying, where you’re eating, and on Twitter especially, that witty one-liner you share for group endorsement, writes Joyce FeganWe all have moments that have stuck with us, and will stick with us, forever. Why those moments? That’s the interesting part, it usually reveals what matters most.Mine was on a hot, sticky day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was a Saturday morning in November 2014. I was sitting in a small room listening to a then 89-year-old woman speak. She was tall, very tall, her height at her age made her seem dangerously fragile. She spoke quietly, but firmly, in a strong Australian accent.By the time she had finished speaking, rendering a room of Irish aid workers, journalists, diplomats, and President Michael D Higgins mute, I found myself with large, fat tears rolling down my face. I couldn’t seem to make them stop. I was asked … [Read more...] about Use social media for impact and not 15 minutes of fame