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Regulate social media to protect children, MPs urge

Regulate social media to protect children, MPs urge

Technology
Social media companies should have a legal "duty of care" to children, the UK Parliament's Science and Technology Committee has recommended.The group's report said social media had helped facilitate bullying and online grooming of children.It called for a regulator to be established to take "enforcement action" if apps broke the law.A number of privacy and data scandals have led to calls for social media companies to be regulated.Facebook's new vice-president Sir Nick Clegg has already pledged to do "whatever it takes" to make the company's platforms safer for young people.Sir Nick was responding to the case of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life after viewing distressing self-harm images on Instagram in 2017. ...
20 children injured in Chinese primary school attack

20 children injured in Chinese primary school attack

World
A male attacker injured 20 children Tuesday inside a primary school in China's capital, officials said. Three of the children have serious but non-life-threatening injuries, the Xicheng district government said on its social media account, adding that the attack took place at 11:17 a.m. The suspect was apprehended at the scene and an investigation has been launched, the statement said. All of the injured children are receiving hospital treatment. Authorities did not say what weapon, if any, was used. Police in Xicheng, a major district of Beijing, declined to comment when reached by phone. The primary school, Beijing No. 1 Affiliated Elementary School of Xuanwu Normal School, was founded in 1908. According to the school's website, it has 2,537 students and 199 teaching personnel. Many sc...
Six children killed after bus rolls down gorge

Six children killed after bus rolls down gorge

World
Six schoolchildren have been killed and 12 others hurt in a bus crash in northern India. The driver also died when the vehicle skidded off a hilly road and rolled down a gorge in Himachal Pradesh state on Saturday.Three of the children, aged between five and 14, died at the scene, as did the driver.The three other victims lost their lives later in hospital. An investigation is under way into what caused the accident.The children were students at a school in a remote area of the mountainous state. More from India In September, 55 people were killed when a bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India plunged off a road.Around 150,000 people die every year on India's roads, often because of reckless driving, badly maintained roads and...
Study: Gun deaths second biggest killer of U.S. children, after car crashes

Study: Gun deaths second biggest killer of U.S. children, after car crashes

Health
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Nearly twice as many children in the U.S. died of gun death than cancer in 2016, a recent study says. Researchers from the University of Michigan conducted a study, published Thursday in New England Journal of Medicine, that found a 28 percent spike in firearm death rates, while homicides from guns increased by 32 percent between 2013 and 2016. "In recent decades, there has been progress, but the United States is clearly not effectively protecting its children," Dr. Edward Campion wrote in an editorial published with the new study. "Firearm injury, the second leading cause of death, is only a minor contributor to childhood mortality in other developed countries." Overall, 20,360 children died in 2016, the researchers report. At 4,074, car crashes caused more deaths than a...