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Experts have devised an anti-grooming tool in a boost for Home Secretary Sajid Javid's drive to combat online child abuse.Engineers from some of the world's biggest tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Snap and Twitter, worked for two days at a "hackathon" in the US last week.Participants at the event,…
Fresh concerns about patient data have been raised after Google announced plans to bring the health division of its DeepMind artificial intelligence company more closely under its control.The move means Google will manage the subsidiary's Streams app, which processes NHS patient data to alert doctors if someone is at risk…
A report from the Children's Commissioner for England has called on internet firms and toy companies to be more transparent in what data they are collecting from children.It says manufacturers of internet-connected toys and online services aimed at younger users should clearly state on packaging or elsewhere if their products…
Young people say they are more likely to turn to online platforms for mental health support than medical professionals, family or friends, according to a survey. A poll found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of 16 to 24-year-olds would look for online support for a mental health issue or concern rather…
Tougher laws are needed to protect victims of online and social media-based abuse, a report by the Law Commission has said. The study, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), found a "lack of coherence" in the current criminal law as it fails to keep pace…
Anyone with a credit card can buy a "lethal combination" of drugs online, health inspectors have said as they called for the public to be better informed about the dangers of buying prescription drugs from unregulated websites. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was "worried" about the challenge of…
Social media use has contributed to a rise in self-harm among teenage girls, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested.The Cabinet minister also accused digital platforms of doing "absolutely nothing" to enforce minimum age rules.Asked about the causes of an increase in mental health problems among children and young people, Mr…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council in partnership with Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Departments of Health and Education, developed a series of Understanding Child Development Apps. Social work is increasingly a mobile profession and the new Apps provide a response to the demands and pressures of this…
Facebook has announced new tools it says will help users combat bullying and harassment on the social media site. The tools will allow users to hide or delete multiple comments from posts at once, and the site is testing a feature that would block offensive words from appearing in comments.…
Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental health, Matt Hancock has revealed. The Health and Social Care Secretary said he was "very worried" as a father by the growing evidence of the detrimental effect on…
A website has been launched to trigger memories in people suffering from dementia. BBC Music Memories follows research showing how music benefits those with the condition. The new site, for use on a PC, tablet or smartphone, is designed to help people "reconnect with the music they have loved". It…
An emoji-powered jukebox has been created to help young people talk about how they're feeling. SeeMe is launching the initiative after new research revealed only around a quarter (26%) of young people aged 12-26 would tell someone if they were struggling to cope, compared to 67% who would tell someone…
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