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edition 138 | 10-05-19

In the UK

Yolo: Viral Snapchat app raises abuse concerns

Yolo - an app that lets anonymous questions be posed to Snapchat users - has become the most-downloaded iPhone app in the UK and US just a week after its release.

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan launch mental health text line

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have teamed up to launch a text messaging service for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Social media effect 'tiny' in teenagers, large study finds

The effects of social media use on teenage life satisfaction are limited and probably "tiny", a study of 12,000 UK adolescents suggests.

Computing in schools in 'steep decline'

An annual study by the University of Roehampton has found that fewer 16-year-olds in England are getting a computing qualification.

Facebook 'auto-generated' extremist video

Facebook has been accused of "auto-generating" extremist content, including a celebratory jihadist video and a business page for al-Qaeda.

In the US

At least 1 dead, 8 injured in shooting at Denver-Area school

Two students are in custody after allegedly opening fire in two classrooms at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado.

Teachers in Florida can carry a firearm in school

One day after a school shooting in Colorado, the Florida governor signed a bill to allow teachers to carry guns.

Instagram is trying to curb bullying. First, it needs to define bullying.

“There are a lot of teens using Instagram,” one of the company’s executives said this week, “so we actually see new behaviors and words all the time, and we need to work quickly to understand if these new trends are harmful.”

Amazon flunks children’s privacy, advocacy groups charge

Amazon played up its Echo Dot Kids device as a simple way for youngsters to converse with Alexa, the company’s voice-activated virtual assistant.

Biometrics in schools to yield security benefits and privacy concerns

Biometrics have potential to improve security, while raising new questions about privacy.

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