Month: March 2022

Rise of the five-year-old ‘TikTots’

30th March, 2022 1:27 pm

29 March 2022 IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES Children as young as five use social media, despite most platforms having rules users must be over the age of 13. An annual study into media habits, from Ofcom, highlighted the mini social-media mavens, with a third of parents of five- to seven-year-olds revealing their child had a social-media profile. Among the eight- to 11-year-olds... View Article

How the sex trade preys on Ukraine’s refugees

29th March, 2022 2:13 pm

Image caption, Refugees are forced to put their trust in strangers Five weeks into Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, imagine for a moment what it’s like to live there now. Bombs, bloodshed, trauma. No school for your children, no healthcare for your parents, no safe roof over your head in many parts of the country. Would you try to run? Ten... View Article

Nicola Sturgeon told families are being ‘failed’ at Perth’s Moredun Ward

29th March, 2022 2:08 pm

Nicola Sturgeon told families are being ‘failed’ at Perth’s Moredun Ward First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has agreed to look at failings uncovered at a disgraced Perth mental health ward where five people died. The SNP leader’s remarks follow The Courier’s investigation into the Murray Royal Hospital ward which uncovered evidence of a fifth death at the facility.     Four... View Article

Police highlight rise in sex crimes is top priority

29th March, 2022 1:56 pm

Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland (pictured left) highlighted a rise in sex crimes Sexual crimes and cyber-related offences are on the rise in the Greater Glasgow Division, according to the area’s top police chief.   Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, who is responsible for the division’s nine command areas, including East Renfrewshire, revealed that the trend is in line with a nationwide... View Article

Supervision for Dundee man who pawned phone containing sickening child images

29th March, 2022 1:51 pm

Darren Douglas leaves Dundee Sheriff Court. A Dundee man handed his phone into a pawn shop after installing specialist software to hide his stash of child abuse images. When police recovered the mobile device from Cash Converters they were able to recover Darren Douglas’ sickening images using forensic search technology. The 40-year-old has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five... View Article

Mansfield Rugby Club receives community donation to aid player safeguarding

29th March, 2022 10:12 am

Mansfield Rugby Club has received an £850 donation from Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme for coloured flags to aid safeguarding at match days and training. When all teams are playing at home, there can be over 200 juniors to organise at any one time, meaning co-ordinating playing teams, training groups and visiting teams into sections around the playing pitches... View Article

Safeguarding project launched after Durham cricket coach jailed for sexual abuse

29th March, 2022 9:44 am

Parents, carers and sports workers in the North East are being urged to speak up if they are concerned about possible abuse or exploitation at a local club after a scout for Durham County Cricket Club was jailed for a series of sex offences against boys. The Say Something if You See Something campaign, run by national charity NWG Network,... View Article

Teenage social media use linked to less life-satisfaction for some

29th March, 2022 9:40 am

The more time girls aged between 11 and 13 spend on social media, the less likely they are to be satisfied with life a year later, a study suggests. The UK study, in Nature Communications, shows the same pattern for boys aged 14 to 15, and 19-year-old boys and girls. Scientists speculate the vulnerability to social media at particular ages may be... View Article

Education Secretary vows ‘tougher guidelines’ after Child Q’s strip-searching

28th March, 2022 12:03 pm

Nadhim Zahawi said he will set out a new policy in response to the ‘appalling’ incident. “Much tougher guidelines” will be introduced in response to the “hugely distressing” strip-searching of the black schoolgirl referred to as Child Q, the Education Secretary has vowed. Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday he will set out a new policy “very soon” in response to... View Article