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Helping children to navigate the World Wide Web

The invention of the internet by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 ushered an era of social media that revolutionised communications and information gathering in the world. With a click of a button or a touch of a screen one can roam around the world and connect with people, all in the palm of their hands. However, with these extraordinary opportunities come dangerous risks; technology may be neutral, but its usage could be lethal. It is telling then that almost 30 years after inventing the internet, Berners-Lee has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news whilst calling for tighter regulations of “unethical” political adverts.

All of Pakistan’s problems are due to “lack of education” – experts

At the Tanjai Cheena school in northwest Pakistan, students squeeze into makeshift classrooms where plastic tarps serve as walls and electricity is sparse, as a surging population overstretches the country’s fragile education system.
Sandwiched behind desks like sardines, students repeat words learned in Pashto and English during an anatomy lesson: “Guta is finger, laas is hand”.

More than 90% of children in the Arab region have no access to preschool, kindergarten

More than 90 percent of children in the Arab region are not getting access to preschool and kindergarten-level education, Saudi Press Agency reported, citing the executive director of the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) Nasser Bakr Al-Qahtani said.
He said sustainable development goals could not be achieved without progress on five major agendas. These included early childhood, women’s empowerment, civil society, and open education for young people and young women.

Gun injuries send 8,000 American children to the ER every year – study

It’s not only school shootings but also accidents, other assaults and even suicide attempts with firearms that send almost 8,000 American children every year to the emergency room, according to a new study.
Guns were the reason some 75,000 children visited the ER between 2006 and 2014, according to the study, carried out by the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

6.3 mln children died of preventable causes in 2017

An estimated 6.3 million children below the age of 15 died last year, mostly of preventable causes, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday.
One child under 15 died every five seconds last year, UNICEF said in a statement, releasing details of a joint report with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group. 

UK mulls banning energy drinks for children in England

The British government has announced plans to ban the sales of energy drinks to children, amid growing concern about the impact that the high-caffeine, high-sugar drinks are having on young people’s health.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement on Thursday that consultations will begin on imposing a ban on sales of energy drinks over the health concerns.

UK child sex trafficking soars, says National Crime Agency

Source : RT / 19 Feb 2014

Child sex abuse, human trafficking among minors and adults and cases of domestic slavery all saw sharp increases last year, says the National Crime Agency amidst calls for end to modern slavery.

British police identified 450 potential child victims who were either smuggled into the country or moved around it, the NCA show.


At least 1 American child is shot every hour

Source : RT / 30 Jan 2014

A recent research estimates over 10,000 under-18s were shot in the US in 2009 - at least one third died. While infants are mostly injured due to firearms mishaps, teenagers are most often victims of criminal armed assaults.

A study by John Leventhal MD and his team from the Yale School of Medicine, published in the journal Pediatrics, utilizes statistics from the Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), on children hospitalized in the US with gunshots in 2009, the latest statistics available.


Mohammad most popular name in London in 2012

Source : Presstv / 13 Aug 2013

Muhammad is now the most popular male newborn name in London and the second most popular baby boy name in Britain, figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics (NOS) show.

There were a total 1292 newborns named Mohammad with different spellings in London in 2012.

Meanwhile, 7,139 boys were given Mohammad as their first name last year that is only 29 behind Harry, which had the top occurrence.


Number of abandoned children on the rise

By Fahd Al-Manaee / 7 Mar 2013

There is a total of 1,375 abandoned children in Makkah and the number is continuously on the rise, according to Sireen Al-Afghani from the Ministry of Social Affairs.

They include 793 female and 582 male children.

"Since they have no identity papers and we cannot differentiate between Saudis and foreigners, they are all being treated as Saudi nationals and are given identity papers to preserve their rights,"she said.


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