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From: St Osmunds
On the 7th November, 21 Vietnamese migrants — 11 of them children, many as young as 12 — have been found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in the British port of New haven, East Sussex. They had been smuggled across borders, hidden between cases of sparkling water. Investigators believe a Romanian man was driving the lorry and he has been charged for entering the UK illegally. Vietnam consistently ranks as one of the top countries for potential victims of trafficking, abuse and and modern day slavery in the UK. The UK's leading children charity NSPCC reports that over 2100 children were identified as potential victims of trafficking last year. Child trafficking and modern slavery are child abuse, says the NSPCC. "Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold". But is still unknown what the exact number of children being trafficked per day in the UK is. The charity said that is because "trafficking is a hidden crime and recorded statistics are almost certainly an under-estimate". But their staggering evidence suggests that 2 out of 5 potential victims of modern slavery found in the UK were children. The most common cases to be trafficked into the UK are people from Albania,Vietnam, Afghanistan and Eritrea. It is important to stay alert: children can be very blind when it comes to this matter and are easily targeted because they are so vulnerable. Human trafficking is around us but hardly ever seen with a naked-eye. So we need to beware of its dangers, keep a close eye when we are alone or with friends, and never talk or go with a stranger. By : Delfina
From: Barnes
Simon Cowell , the celebrity, ditched his mobile phone ten months ago. He has declared that he is now feeling happier since then, even though it was strange at first. The X Factor judge has said that he is very annoyed about adults being on their phones all the time.  "It has been so good for my mental health," he said. "It's a very strange experience but it really is good for you and it has absolutely made me happier. The thing I get irritated with is when you have a meeting - everyone's on their phone - and I was probably in that place. You just can't concentrate." Children and  teenagers are often accused of being on their phones too much. In America, there are health clinics for young people who are addicted to their phones. Also, in the UK there is an app that rewards you for being away from your phone. Could you do that? Who knows? However, it's not just kids. It's also adults. A 2017 survey told us that just over half of adults check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up. Now other celebrities are dumping their phones. The question is, could you do that?
From: Barnes
By Aoibhe, Joe and Lilly A nine year old girl has recently become addicted to Fortnite and was found by her father in a puddle of wee. This was because she didn't want to stop playing and she would rather wet herself than stop playing the video game. Once the girl's father found out about this, she then admitted that she had been staying up until 5am every morning playing the game. Because of this, she was falling asleep in class. After that, her parents were furious to find that their credit card had almost gone bankrupt because she had bought so many things on the game with real money instead of virtual money. Since then, the girl has received help from a rehabilitation clinic. The girl is gradually getting better. This is just one example of a wider controversy with a cartoon gun game originally made in 2011 but which became hugely popular when the latest version - battle royale - came out in 2017. There is an option to talk to people in your squad so you can you can protect yourself from cyber bullying.  Also, you can report players who are cheating or being offensive.  In battle royale there are numerous game modes including solo - a hundred all vs all and team terror - a 32 vs 32 player battle with npc (non player character) monsters who will attack anyone on any team. Lots of youtubers have become famous and rich playing fortnite including Ninja, Lachlan, Ali-A and Lazar Beam.  They make a living by playing fortnite. The  creator of Fortnite was called Darren Suggers. It is a 13, but  younger children play it. Some experts say it should be banned More than 40 million people worldwide have downloaded Fortnite since it came out last year. A survey of 2,000 people said that 38% thought that Fortnite should be time restricted so that you can play for only 2 hours.
From: St Osmunds
At St Osmund's, our Primary School in South West London, we met the Whale Company. They held a very inspirational talk about their battle to combat Plastic Pollution.  Although plastic can be beneficial - only 24% is recycled, meaning that 76% ends up either in land fill or worse - our rivers and the ocean. There they never biodegrade. We are a school very close to the River Thames and what they said and showed us was shocking and made us really want to help. What does the Whale Company do? Carolyn and Carlos founded The Whale Company 12 years ago after realising that the amount of plastic in our rivers and oceans was rising and killing whales and other marine life. This was long before Blue Planet made us all realise how close we were to environmental catastrophe. They started making paddle boards using plastic bottles, and have done some very hard paddle marathons in many different countries across Europe. Their action have attracted media attention and changed how many of those countries deal with plastic recycling and use. They are currently paddling down the Thames from its source to the sea. Next week they will deliver messages and solution ideas to our Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, in Parliament. They hope, as we do, that this will help change the way Great Britain deals with plastic pollution What do they say? They told us:  " We know MPs are talking about plastic pollution a lot more today and it’s going in the right direction, but we need to take immediate action – not to just talk about it for years.” For Carolyn and Carlos, local government needs to be more active because “we’re all confused about how to recycle, it varies between boroughs and needs to be standardised and supermarkets and shops need to understand that we don’t want all this plastic". Some countries have already been great at banning plastic items,  and people's habits are changing, but now the rest need to follow and act fast. Raising Money for The Whale Company We also were proud that the small "charity" we founded at St Osmund's, H.A.N.D, was able to help raise some money for the Whale Company's amazing paddle marathon down the Thames. H.A.N.D stands for Helpless Animals Need Defence - and we are fighting to solve the problem of pollution, deforestation and poaching once and for all. We have the same ambition as all those animal charities fighting for wildlife to thrive again and the Whale Company really moved us into action. We were very proud to sponsor the Whale Company giving roughly 220 pounds from cake sale and speeches. We might not be able be right by the Thames supporting them by their side, but we will all be thinking of them and we know that they will have a great impact. We wish them a great marathon and best of luck at Parliament. By : Millie, Isla and Amelie