Concerns the Online Safety Bill ‘might fail to protect young people from harmful content’

  • Chief executive of the Samaritans, Julie Bentley, has said that information surrounding the methods of suicide and self-harm would not reach the threshold to be classed as illegal content for those over the age of 18.
  • Research has shown that vulnerable young people in their late teens and 20s would be placed at increased risk due to this discrepancy.
  • Ms Bentley stated that legally becoming an adult did not mean that young people stop being vulnerable.
  • Research commissioned by the charity, found that 83% of UK adults agreed that suicide and self-harm content can have damaging effects on adults as well as children.
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NASUWT teaching union fails to meet ballot turnout

  • The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) reported a 42% turnout for the ballots, which was below the 50% threshold needed for lawful strike action.
  • NASUWT members, as well as those from other unions have already been on strike in Scotland.
  • Teachers from five unions in Northern Ireland are continuing to take action short of a strike which has been affecting attendance and admin tasks.
  • NASUWT national officer, Michelle Codrington- Rogers has said that teachers leaving the profession are leaving a higher workload for other staff, which could result in burnout ultimately affecting their pupils.
  • For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.

Teaching Online Safety in Schools updated guidance for England

  • The UK Government has released updated guidance on teaching online safety in schools in England.
  • This non-statutory guidance outlines how schools can help their pupils understand how to be safer online.
  • This guidance will complement existing subjects being taught, including health education, relationships and sex education, relationships education, citizenship, and computing.
  • For more information please visit the UK Government’s website.