The Hamilton Spectator: Over two years, Project Arachnid has flagged 10 million images of suspected child pornography. “Scanning 12,000 images per second, the two-year-old tool — called Project Arachnid — has scanned nearly 80 billion images and flagged 10 million as suspected images of child sexual abuse. It has also gathered millions of words shared between pedophiles detailing their strategies and techniques for grooming and abusing children.” This entire article is a trigger warning. I gagged twice. If you skip this one I don’t blame you.
CNN: Smithsonian interested in obtaining migrant children’s drawings depicting their time in US custody. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has inquired about obtaining disturbing drawings by migrant children that depict figures with sad faces behind bars.”
CNET: TikTok is being investigated over children’s privacy again, report says. “The UK is examining how social video app TikTok handles children’s data and whether it ensures child safety on its platform, a report says. The investigation follows TikTok paying up $5.7 million to settle US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it illegally collected personal information from children.”
Lifehacker: Help Your Anxious Kid Prepare for an Event With Youtube Videos. “Nowadays you can find a video for just about anything your kid is about to experience, whether it’s go through TSA, ride the subway in New York City or visit the dentist for the first time. Pictures and maps can help, too.” Why limit this to kids? Recently I traveled alone by train for the first time in over ten years. I watched several YouTube videos of Amtrak rides and vlogs so I’d have some idea of how things worked. Recognizing much of the process as I experienced it made me more comfortable.
BBC: Girl, 12, flooded with beauty ads on Instagram. “The aunt of a 12-year-old girl has shared screenshots online of the adverts her niece was served up on Instagram during the course of a day. Many were based around fashion or beauty.” Apparently the girl is just about to turn 13, which is Facebook’s minimum for joining its social networks.
The Washington Post: Sex, drugs, and self-harm: Where 20 years of child online protection law went wrong. “Consumer and privacy advocates have alleged rampant COPPA violations by leading technology companies, including in a highly detailed 59-page complaint against YouTube last year. Even when federal authorities take action, the penalties typically come many years after the violations began and make little dent in corporate profit margins, the advocates say.”
Not sure when this updated, but the 2019 version of the USDA’s Summer Meal Site Finder is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks . This site allows you to search your area for places offering free meals to kids 18 and younger over the summer holidays. I searched my town and found 49 results, which I think is the max that the map will show.