MEDIA DIGEST, 30 September: deafeningly loud MP3 players, a 20-year-old charity credit card and a new internet child safety initiative

Third Sector's round-up of today's top stories: Deafness Research UK asks young people to turn down their MP3 players, Cancer Research UK celebrates its 20-year credit card partnership with HBOS bank and Action for Children welcomes a new council to promote the safety of children using the internet

Turn down your MP3 players and save your hearing, says charity
Deafness Research UK has published a list of top tips for people listening to MP3 players. The list was published after research conducted by the charity showed that too many people were putting their hearing at risk by listening to MP3 players too loudly for too long. Vivienne Michael, chief executive of Deafness Research UK, said: "Our tips apply to the whole population, but we are especially worried about young people, who are generally the heaviest users of MP3 players and other mobile music devices - and often the most at risk because they don't understand the dangers."
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Charity celebrates 20 years of credit card donations
Cancer Research UK is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its credit card partnership with HBOS bank. Since its launch in 1988, the CRUK credit card has raised more than £12m through donations made based on purchases made on the card. Paul Farthing, director of legacy fundraising at Cancer Research UK, said: "Our partnership with HBOS has been hugely successful. The money raised in the past twenty years has played a vital role in helping us fund the charity's research into the causes and treatments of all forms of cancer."
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Charities back prostate cancer study
Cancer charities have backed a study indicating that black men living in England are at a higher risk of prostate cancer than white men. Researchers at the University of Bristol said it was initially unclear whether there was a genuinely higher rate of prostate cancer in these groups or whether they were more likely to be diagnosed.
A spokeswoman for the Prostate Cancer Charity said: "We would like to see further research investigating whether there are any differences in access to treatment or care for prostate cancer between black and white men to help us understand how we can meet the needs of those most at risk from the disease."
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Action for Children praises UK Council for Child Internet Safety
The launch of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety has been welcomed by Action for Children. Shaun Kelly, head of safeguarding at Action for Children, said: "This is welcome news in the battle to crackdown on inappropriate or harmful content on websites and helping to prevent online bullying." The council was launched by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who described it as an important landmark in efforts to keep young people safe when using the internet.
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