In Brief: New campaign urges parents to pause before they upload photos of their children on social media

Do you ask for your children’s permission before sharing pictures of them? The German Children’s Fund has launched a campaign that encourages parents to pause before they upload.

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Thousands of farmers are expected to take part in a “Land schafft Verbindung” demonstration today in Berlin.

Similar to the rally that took place at the end of October, many participants are expected to drive through the city on tractors. Berlin police are expecting issues with traffic.

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Some German farmers are critical of the guidelines laid out in the federal government’s recent agricultural package.

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According to new figures from the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany, more than 140,000 people were victims of violence in 2018. About 81% of those victims were women.

Germany’s Federal Minister of Family Affairs Franziska Giffey presented the latest figures on Monday, Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“As we sit together in this press conference over the next hour, more than one woman will become a victim of domestic violence,” Giffey said. “She is dangerously injured.”

And statistically, that’s true for every hour of this year, Giffey said.

The federal government wants to take stronger action to combat violence against women. Among other things, it wants to create more women’s shelters.

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The German Children’s Fund has launched a campaign that encourages parents to pause before they upload.

The #DenkenFragenPosten campaign – in English, that means “think, ask, post” – urges adults to consider children’s personal rights and privacy before sharing family photos and videos across social media.

The organization says by the time children are in kindergarten, they can already decide whether or not they like a picture of themselves. Therefore, those children should be asked whether it’s OK if a picture of them is posted, and their decision should be respected.

The German Children’s Fund also urges parents to review their privacy settings on their photo sharing apps and consider how easy it is to save and redistribute photos in the digital age.

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports the concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached new highs.

From 2017-2018, the concentration of CO2 and methane both increased.

The WMO’s secretary general says these increases are all happening despite commitments made under the Paris Agreement. The organization says more ambitious measures must be taken.

The report finds levels of nitrous oxide are also on the rise. That’s significant because it’s one of the greenhouse gasses that depletes the earth’s ozone layer, which protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

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