Rise in Incidents of Zoombombing involving Child Abuse Images

  • More than 120 cases of Zoom calls being ‘Zoombombed’ with images of child abuse are being investigated in the UK according to the National Crime Agency. 
  • ‘Zoombombing’ has become more common during lockdown when people make meetings public via social media feeds. 
  • An NCA spokesman said: “The NCA is leading and co-ordinating the UK’s response to Zoom video conferences being interrupted by indecent images of children, with police forces conducting their own investigations into more than 120 cases.”
  • For more information on how to stay safe whilst using Zoom and other platforms, check out our ABC’s of video conferencing. 

Instagram Launches Guides

  • Instagram has launched a new feature called  ‘Guides’, which acts as another tab on the App and aims to help users during the current pandemic by offering them content focused on wellbeing and mental health. 
  • These guides are available on participating creator pages. 
  • One guide is from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It’s called Mental Health and COVID-19. Another is a Mindful Movements guide filled with exercises and stretches from Sarah Campbell, a Yogi and meditation expert.

Facebook Launches Avatars

  • Facebook users can now create a cartoon avatar of themselves for their profile, which they can use in comments, Facebook stories and Messenger. 
  • Fidji Simo, the Head of Facebook’s App said in a post “So much of our interactions these days are taking place online, which is why it’s more important than ever to be able to express yourself personally on Facebook”.
  • You can create and use this digital persona to share a range of emotions and expressions.

Fairbridge Survivors will Receive Funding to Make Claims

  • The Prince’s Trust charity will make funds available to help the children sent to Australia by the Fairbridge Society who suffered sexual and physical abuse.
  • An estimated 2,500 children were sent to Australia between 1912 and 1970, of which many were sexually and physically abused. 
  • The Fairbridge Society no longer exists and survivors feared that this would mean they would miss out on compensation. 

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