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Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Image copyright Woebot Labs/Touchkin Image caption Woebot and Wysa are part of a new wave of mental health chatbots Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse. In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help. …

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2018 'worst year for US school shootings'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Los Angeles high school holds a drill to prepare for the threat of attacks This year, 113 people have been killed or injured in school shootings in the United States. That’s the sobering finding of a project to count the annual toll of …

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Teenage victims 'more likely to self-harm'

Image copyright Getty Images Teenagers who are victims of neglect, bullying, crime, family violence and sexual exploitation are more likely to self-harm and have suicidal thoughts, a study from King’s College London finds. The report says the picture is complex, with other pre-existing vulnerabilities like low self-esteem or an unsupportive …

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Young highly sceptical of social mobility

Image copyright Getty Images Young people are highly sceptical about social mobility being a reality, according to a survey from the relaunched Social Mobility Commission. It found many young adults expected to be worse off than previous generations and believed opportunities depended on social background rather than talent. The previous …

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Ethnic minority academics earn less than white colleagues

Image caption The pay gap left Meenakshi Sarkar feeling depressed and devalued When Meenakshi Sarkar landed a job as a teaching fellow at Leeds University after a successful career in business in India, she was delighted. But the university put her on the lowest possible academic pay band, leaving her …

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Oxbridge 'over-recruits from eight schools'

Image copyright Getty Images Oxford and Cambridge are being accused of being so socially exclusive that they recruit more students from eight top schools than almost 3,000 other English state schools put together. The Sutton Trust social mobility charity says the leading universities are failing to attract a wide enough …

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Grandparents 'key to tackling youth anxiety epidemic'

Image caption Hollie says a call to Childline probably saved her life Grandparents should be brought back into children’s lives to help tackle a surge in youth anxiety and mental ill health, says Dame Esther Rantzen. The Childline founder said children’s wellbeing was being harmed by the “fragmentation of the …

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YouTube deletes cheating videos after BBC investigation

Image copyright YouTube/Dan osi Image caption YouTube has a ban on all essay-writing adverts YouTube has deleted thousands of videos promoting academic cheating in the last week after a BBC Trending investigation. The videos all advertised essay-writing services, which can lead to serious penalties for students. Facebook and Google have …

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