How parent’s internet addiction can fuel their children’s

  • A recent study at Bournemouth University found that parental behaviours may be a major influence in teenager’s technology addictions.
  • A questionnaire revealed that the more addicted the parents were to technology, the stronger their child’s compulsions were to show similar behaviours.
  • This study suggests that setting an example is a powerful form of parenting.
  • For more on this study, go to The Conversation website.


YouTube makes profits off hate speech, claims new report

  • An investigation by a company called Bot Sentinel found nearly 24 channels which violated YouTube policies but were still allowed to post.
  • In an interview with Rolling Stone, the company said they were shocked to see the app ‘spruced up’ with hate, racism and misogyny.
  • They suggested that YouTube profits from the ads on this type of content due to huge numbers of engagement, and therefore have not taken further action.
  • For more on this report, go to the Digital Information World website.

Number of children on waiting lists for eating disorder treatment almost tripled in England

  • The number of children waiting for eating disorder treatment almost tripled during the pandemic
  • NICE Guidance says 95% of cases should be treated within four weeks of a routine referral, but only 69% were seen in this timeframe during the pandemic.
  • At Oxford Health Trust, only 272 of 614 children were seen within four weeks.
  • For more on this story, please go to the Yahoo News website.

More girls at risk of gang violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, warns councillor

  • Green councillor Zoe John warned of “sexual exploitation and violence at the hands of gang members” as the police and officials try to tackle “county lines” drug dealing.
  • Brighton and Hove City Council said that it had been awarded almost £115,000 to prevent vulnerable young women and girls from being sexually and violently exploited.
  • The council said: “A dedicated young women’s worker will work with girls who are either being abused or are at risk of being exploited by gang members.’
  • For more on this story, please go to the Brighton and Hove News website.