News 2021: 10 items (Technology)

30/09/2022: Molly Russell: Social media a factor in teenager’s death, coroner says

The “negative effects of online content” were a factor in the death of a girl who took her own life, an inquest has found. Coroner Andrew Walker said material viewed by 14-year-old Molly Russell on social media “shouldn’t have been available for a child to see”. Molly, from Harrow, viewed thousands of images of self-harm and suicide before she died in November 2017.

Read: BBC

29/09/2022: Instagram and Pinterest were ‘ignorantly blind’ and contributed to the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell, inquest hears

Schoolgirl Molly Russell liked more than 2,000 images about depression, suicide and self-harm before taking her own life but Instagram and Pinterest were ‘ignorantly blind’ to their part in her death, an inquest heard today. The 14-year-old from Harrow, northwest London, died in 2017 after hiding her ‘demons’ from her family while viewing thousands of harrowing posts and videos.

Read: Daily Mail

27/09/2022: ‘I’m just not good enough’: Words from ‘depressive’ Instagram post were used in note Molly Russell left behind, inquest hears

Molly Russell left behind a note quoting an Instagram post which said ‘I’m just not good enough’ before taking her life, an inquest heard yesterday. Oliver Sanders KC, the Russell family’s lawyer, suggested the ‘dreadful, disgusting’ content the 14-year-old viewed on the platform, had ‘influenced’ her real-world actions.

Read: Daily Mail

27/09/2022: Psychiatrist ‘unable to sleep’ after seeing material viewed by Molly Russell

A child psychiatrist has told the inquest into Molly Russell’s death he was unable to sleep well for “a few weeks” after seeing social media content viewed by the teenager before she killed herself. Dr Navin Venugopal told North London coroner’s court the self-harm content viewed by Molly before her death was “very disturbing” and “distressing”.

Read: Guardian

26/09/2022: TikTok may be fined £27m for failing to protect children

TikTok could face a £27m fine for failing to protect children’s privacy when they’re using the platform. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found the video-sharing platform may have processed the data of under-13s without appropriate consent.

Read: BBC

24/09/2022: Oxfordshire teen arrested in police hacking investigation

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of hacking as part of an investigation by the National Crime Agency. City of London Police said the 17-year-old, from Oxfordshire, was detained on Thursday evening as part of an inquiry supported by the UK’s National Cyber Crime Unit.

Read: BBC

24/09/2022: Molly Russell inquest: Instagram clips seen by teen ‘most distressing’

The inquest of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life has been examining the impact of material she viewed on Instagram in the run-up to her death. Molly Russell, from Harrow, north-west London, engaged with numerous accounts referring to self-harm, depression or suicide before killing herself in 2017.

Read: BBC

23/09/2022: Rape posts every half-hour found on online incel forum

Discussions on a major forum for incels are growing more violent, a new study by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has warned. Incels – short for Involuntary Celibate – hold misogynistic beliefs, and some have launched violent attacks. The CCDH research suggests that, on average, a post about rape was published to the forum every 29 minutes.

Read: BBC

23/09/2022: Molly Russell inquest hears defence of Instagram content policies

A senior executive at Instagram’s parent company has defended the platform’s policies on suicide and self-harm content, telling the inquest into Molly Russell’s death that guidelines had always been drafted in consultation with experts.

Read: Guardian

22/09/2022: TikTok removes posts promoting weight loss aids to children

TikTok has removed postings promoting migraine and epilepsy drugs to under-18s as weight loss aids after criticism that hosting them was a danger to young people’s health.

Read: Guardian

21/09/2022: Online Safety Bill to return as soon as possible

The Online Safety Bill will return to Parliament “quickly”, Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan has said. “We want it in law as soon as possible to protect children when they’re accessing content online,” she said. The bill requires technology companies to protect their users from illegal content such as child-abuse images.

Read: BBC

20/09/2022: Molly Russell’s inquest to put focus on big tech

Almost five years after she took her own life, the inquest into the death of teenager Molly Russell is due to begin. Molly, 14, killed herself in 2017 after viewing material about self-harm, suicide and depression, on social media sites such as Instagram and Pinterest. Her father Ian, a campaigner for online safety, hopes it is a turning point.

Read: BBC

20/09/2022: Molly Russell inquest to examine role of social media algorithms in teen’s death

Molly Russell’s family’s five-year wait for answers is set to end as an inquest will finally examine whether algorithms used by social media firms to keep users hooked contributed to her death.

Read: Independent

20/09/2022: Molly Russell Inquest – Advice for Professionals

The full inquest in relation to the death of Molly Russell will begin on Tuesday 20 September 2022 and is expected to complete on the 30 September. With the inquest taking place, there may be a lot in the news over the coming weeks about the dangers of self-harm as well as suicide related content online.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

13/09/2022: SWGfL Launch Interface – A New Podcast Series

SWGfL has been busy behind the scenes in producing a new podcast series in time for the start of the new school year! Our new series ‘Interface’ will be hosted by our very own online safety experts Jess McBeath and Gareth Cort, as they talk about some of the latest and most talked about online safety andsafeguarding topics for the current climate, with special guest speakers brought in for each episode.

Read: South West Grid for Learning

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