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edition 119 | 14-12-18

In the UK

Teenage victims 'more likely to self-harm'

Teenagers who are victims of neglect, bullying, crime, family violence and sexual exploitation are more likely to self-harm and have suicidal thoughts.

Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse.

Exam social media activity doubled in 2018

Ofqual analysis also reveals big spike in May that saw exam-related social media activity increase 12-fold.

Calls to tackle cyberbullying following teen suicide

Online bullies must be made to see consequences of their actions, says MP for area in which teenager took own life.

Schools will be left 'exposed' by Brexit

The leader of Scotland's 2016 Remain campaign warns withdrawal from the EU will have as-yet-unanticipated consequences.

In the US

Teaching kids how to say ‘No’ lessens risk of sexual assault in college

Students who received abstinence-only sex education before college did not see the same diminished risk.

2018 'worst year for US school shootings'

This year, 113 people have been killed or injured in school shootings in the United States.

NJ school district’s warning on crazy, dangerous ‘Momo’ challenge

A Jersey Shore school superintendent sent out a letter to parents about the "Momo Challenge," a social media game that encourages people to inflict serious harm to themselves.

9-year-old killed herself after bullies mocked her for having a white friend

Ever since the start of the school year, 9-year-old McKenzie Adams endured bullying from other students at her Alabama school.

Tumblr’s ‘porn ban’ can help teach kids about online safety

While acknowledging that the move by Tumblr to ban porn “may not be 100% foolproof” in protecting children online, it was nevertheless a “step in the right direction”.

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