TikTok opens AR effects tool to all users

  • TikTok is opening its augmented reality (AR) effects tool to all creators.
  • Effect House will allow creators to make their own AR camera effects which can be used by other TikTok users in their videos.
  • Submitted effects will be subject to guidelines to be approved.
  • They will specifically prohibit effects that “promote colourism or negative stereotypes against protected groups” and effects which “depict cosmetic surgery”.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Teachers to discuss impact of pornography

  • Teachers will discuss the impact pornography has on students at the National Education Union’s event in Bournemouth.
  • They are expected to raise concerns over the prevalence of pornography which depicts harmful and humiliating treatment of women.
  • They will explore whether current sex and relationships education deals with issues of misogyny, sexism and consent.
  • The review comes after the Everyone’s Invited website which had over 51,000 testimonies of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.
  • You can read the full story on The Guardian’s website.

New suicide prevention strategy to consider ‘online safety and gambling’

  • Gambling and online safety will be considered as potential risk factors in a new suicide prevention plan.
  • The current plan to prevent suicides was written a decade ago, therefore, an updated strategy will consider the changing risks.
  • The refreshed suicide prevention strategy and next 10-year mental health plan will provide children and young people with the tools and support required to support their wellbeing.
  • You can read the full story on The Independent’s website.

Education Secretary promises new Ofsted powers in crackdown on illegal schools

  • The education secretary has pledged a crackdown on illegal schools, which tens of thousands of children in England are believed to be attending.
  • New legislation will require councils to maintain a register of children who are not in school.
  • The legislation will also make it easier for inspectors to make unannounced visits to unregistered schools.
  • Ofsted chief inspector stated these schools are often run by people from very separate communities, including religious communities, and are often of poor quality.
  • You can read the full story on the Impartial Reporter’s website.