Teenage boy sentenced after online harassment 

  • A new survey from Cantium Business Solutions shows that 78% of UK headteachers believe their school is at an increased risk of cyberattacks due to remote learning.
  • The harassment took place over a five-month period over Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn between October 2020 and February 2021. 
  • The boy created over 40 aliases on the internet and was banned from Twitter about 150 times. 
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.  

Snapchat to allow username changes for the first time 

  • Snapchat is going to allow users to change their username for the first time 
  • Users will be allowed to change their username once a year on the platform.
  • Snapchat hopes that the change will be important for trans and non-binary users
  • You can read the full story on the Independent’s website. 

SmartWater forensic spray used in domestic abuse conviction  

  • The first person in the UK has been convicted and jailed for domestic abuse after being sprayed with SmartWater. 
  • The technology is being trialled by police forces in hope of keeping women safe in cases of domestic abuse
  • This follows that protection referrals for child victims of domestic abuse have risen by 8% over the last year in the UK. 
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.   

Curbing political topics in English schools will harm minority students 

  • The former mental health champion, Natasha Devon, claims that restricting political topics at school will harm young people from minority backgrounds.  
  • New guidance aimed at teachers stresses the “need for impartiality” on political issues and arguments that they are exposed to on social media.
  • Critics claim that the students will lose out if teachers in England become afraid to provide a safe environment to debate issues. 
  • You can read the full story on The Guardian’s website.