Tinder Offers Face to Face Video Chats for Potential Matches

  • Dating app Tinder is rolling out one-to-one video calling for its users, which could prove popular as the pandemic limits the possibilities of in-person dating
  • The firm said the new feature would put safety first, and offers an array of features to protect users
  • The free “Face to Face” feature will only be enabled if both people want it, and if only one clicks the video icon, the other will not be alerted
  • Rival platform Bumble already allows video calling
  • The feature, which has been built by the firm’s trust and safety team, will only let people chat to each other if both are facing the camera

Facebook Avoids Apple in New Cloud-Gaming Launch

Bolton NHS Records Decrease in Number of FGM Cases

  • Victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) were recorded as decreasing by NHS services in Bolton between April and June
  • The National FGM Centre said it is crucial that professionals work with communities affected by FGM “to change hearts and minds about the practice”
  • Around 30 victims of FGM were seen by health services in the Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group area between April and June, NHS Digital figures show
  • Of those, at least one had their injuries reported for the first time, down from 20 during same period last year
  • Only approximate numbers are recorded in the data, to prevent identification of individual women
  • For more information on FGM, check out the FGM section on your Safer Schools App


Toddlers from Disadvantaged Families ‘Hit Hardest by Lockdown’

  • Babies and toddlers from poorer backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, with less access to books and outdoor space during lockdown than children growing up in wealthier families, research has found
  • The developmental impact of the coronavirus crisis on children aged 0-3 has been largely undocumented, but early findings from a new study suggest young children from disadvantaged backgrounds have missed out on activities during lockdown which play a vital part in child development
  • The study, conducted by researchers at five UK universities and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, surveyed more than 500 parents of children under three about the sort of activities they enjoyed with their child before and during lockdown