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What do Selena Gomez and the Queen have in common? They now both post on Instagram! Queen Elizabeth II posted her first ever Instagram photo of the royal family on the official "Royal Family Instagram Account" for which she used an iPad as she examined "Top Secret exhibits" in the Science Museum. Members of Newsnuggets along with Barnes Primary, were fortunate enough to experience the arrival of Her Majesty in a black Range Rover at the main entrance of the Science Museum. Some were even able to learn about computer coding tequniqhes while interacting with the Queen. After this, Her Majesty said: "Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children's computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post at the Science Museum, which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors." During this, other members of Newsnuggets were interviewed by Sky News and First News. The Queen's post was inspired after reading a letter written in 1843 to Queen Elizabeth's great - great grandfather, Prince Albert, from computer pioneer: Charles Babbage. Over 170 years later, the invention that Babbage developed enabled Her Majesty to communicate with all her subjects "Instantly." Image Credit : Getty Images. Author Thalia is in the background looking on.
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On Wednesday 27th February, almost a month to the day from the UK's scheduled departure from the European Union (Brexit), our Newsnuggets' Club at St Osmund's Primary School in Barnes, South West London took to the streets. We conducted a very small, anonymous poll (we only had 30 minutes) in order to find out what the general public thought about their options on whether or how to leave the EU, today. This coincided with the Labour Party's pledge that it was prepared to back another EU referendum to prevent a "damaging Tory Brexit". Barnes is part of the Borough of Richmond, which backed the Remain Campaign by 65%. We interviewed a total of 12 people, across all demographics. In bold are the 3 questions we asked and the yes/no percentage of their answers. Did you vote Leave or Remain in the 2016 Referedum? Leave : 25% Remain : 75 % Do you think we should leave the EU with No Deal? Yes, just get on with it: 20% No : it would be very damaging for the economy: 70% Not sure : 10% Knowing what you know 2 years on, would you want a second Referendum? Yes: 70 % No, we must get on with it : 30% It was fascinating to see that some of those who voted to Leave in 2016 would now welcome a second referendum. It was also interesting that some who voted to Remain, don't want any further delay and just want to government to reach a deal and get on with their promise. On a national level, the survey by polling firm YouGov conducted that same week showed that if a referendum were held immediately, 46 percent would vote to remain, 39 percent would vote to leave, and the rest either did not know, would not vote, or refused to answer the question.   By : The St Osmund's Team            
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Recently, children who have access to WhatsApp messaging have been receiving challenges from a terrifying cartoon 'woman' called Momo. She threatens anyone opening her message, challenging them to harm and even kill themselves. Her message is followed by the threat that she would be coming after you or a loved one should you fail to obey. Police have been informing parents and teachers to look out for this eye bulging figure. She has been depicted with: bulging eyes, deformed smile, bird legs and black hair with a fringe. Momo mostly targets younger children and teens but rarely aims for adults. Although she has contacted and threatened many people, she hasn't yet managed to convince anyone to officially kill themselves but has been close to. The most popular way that she contacts people is by the messaging server: Whats App. Police officers confirmed that this Momo 'person' is fake and is just run by a group of hackers that want to gain information from other people. The game was said to have started in Mexico, with players “challenged” to communicate on WhatsApp with an unknown person known as Momo, according to the Computer Crime Investigation Unit of the State of Tabasco, Mexico. And the hoax went viral. To conclude, I advise people to block and report Momo immediately and tell your parents to get her banned from Whats App as soon as possible. As well as that, you should never take notice in any of these challenges either. (Image Getty copyright)
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Thousands of pupils from all over the UK went "on strike" on the 15th February 2019, as part of a global campaign for action on climate change. children and teens from around 60 towns across the UK walked out of school to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problems facing our planet. The  strikes, organised by Youth Strike 4 Climate, have resulted in tens of thousands of young people taking to the streets with additional thousands expected to do the same amid the growing concern about the escalating climate crisis. The movement was started in August 2018 when 16 year old Greta Thunberg protested outside the Swedish Parliament and accused her country of not following the Paris Climate Agreement. Jake Woodier, from the UK Youth Climate Coalition said: "The images of what Greta did and the huge strikes by school children have been widely shared by young people on social media and have really inspired people." There have been some pushbacks against the protests by people such as politicians and climate deniers. Recently, Belgian's environment minister was forced to resign after falsly claiming that the protesests were a "set up". She has since resigned her post, given the controversary caused by her remarks. However, overall the protests have been getting broad support. Zoe Bonnet, aged 14, who has already organised a protest in Bristol, said: "People seem to think this is an issue that can be solved another time, but there is no other time, it is is is quite a big step that I am taking, but I do feel strongly that we have to solve it now … I have to do something!" Zoe heard about the strikes after seeing a video of Greta online. The National Association of Head Teachers has expressed disapproval of the strikes saying: "Nothing is more important than a child's education." Despite this comment, Energy Minister, Claire Perry said she was "incredibly proud" of young people's passion and concern. She told the BBC: "I suspect if this was happening 40 years ago, I would be out there too." The BBC also report that Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said schoolchildren were "right to feel let down by the generation before them," while Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said it was the "most hopeful thing that's happened in years". Theresa May has made it clear that she disapproves of the  protests, saying that the "disruption increases teachers' workloads and wastes lesson time that teachers have carefully prepared." However, First News reports that every single child they spoke to said they would do it again if the Government didn't  start listening, so the Prime Minister should expect similar activity if the Government fails to act. A global school strike is planned for Friday 15 March 2018 with 40 countries already taking part. (Image copyright Getty Images)