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Young People News

31 July 2014

 A schoolgirl has received a police caution after texting an explicit photograph of herself to her boyfriend, it has emerged.

The teenager sent the image via her phone, but after the couple had a row, he forwarded it to his friends.

Police were called in because she was under the age of 18 and therefore both were committing an offence of distributing an indecent image of a child.

 

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23 May 2014

Facebook announced a new feature for its Facebook app that can automatically identify music and TV shows playing in the background as you're writing a status update. When you activate it, the opt-in feature uses your smartphone's microphone to scan your surroundings; you'll see a sound icon moving on the screen as it does. If the Shazam-like feature finds a match, you can share songs or shows with your friends as part of your update.

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23 May 2014

The announcement from Facebook about two new features aimed at helping users to control their privacy is to be welcomed. Facebook's privacy controls have always provided the user with flexibility as to who information is shared with, but the new features will help people make a more informed choice.

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26 February 2014

Now in its fifth year running, Childnet is delighted to announce that our annual film competition is now open and we would like to invite all schools and youth organisations across the UK to enter our challenge. Positive and inspiring use of the internet remains at the heart of our Film Competition 2014 and we have two separate projects in place for primary and secondary aged children. This year the themes revisit the key messages from Safer Internet Day 2014. More

22 January 2014

The Kickstarter-funded Pocket Drone is a foldable, flying "multicopter" that its creators dubbed "the GoPro of drones." It's equipped with an action camera for capturing aerial photos and video and a rechargeable battery allowing for flights of up to 20 minutes. Plus, the device folds up to the size of a small tablet for portability. Read more.

What are the social implications of anybody being able to recor images almost anywhere, at anytime, the choose?