News – Row 2 (2 items)

23/09/2020: Video game loot boxes: another form of gambling?

The government is asking for the public’s opinion about the impact of loot boxes in video games, in an eight-week consultation. Loot boxes are a controversial feature of many video games – both . . . console and mobile. When a player purchases a loot box, they only find out what is inside it once they have paid. It may contain a digital prize that’s valuable within the game, but equally it may contain nothing useful.

23/09/2020: Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests

Police forces around the world have seized more than $6.5m (£5m) in cash and virtual currencies, as well as drugs and guns in a co-ordinated raid on dark web marketplaces. Some 179 people were . . . arrested across Europe and the US, and 500kg (1,102lb) of drugs and 64 guns confiscated. It ends the “golden age” of these underground marketplaces, Europol said. “The hidden internet is no longer hidden”, said Edvardas Sileris, head of Europol’s cyber-crime centre.

23/09/2020: #Chances4Children: Support for young carers returning to school

Two major charities have teamed up to raise awareness of support needed by young carers as they return to school. The Children’s Society and Carers Trust, who jointly run the Young Carers in Schools . . . initiative, have produced a guide for school staff to enable them to help young carers.
Children and Young People Now

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