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May 12, 2023

One in three young people say families relied on food support

  • New research from the Co-op and Barnardos on 5,000 10- to 25-year-olds found the detrimental impact the cost-of-living crisis was having on their access to food and their mental well-being.
  • One in three young people have said their family relied on food banks of other community outlets for support in the recent months.
  • Almost half of young people have worried about being able to afford things in the last six months.
  • Nearly one in four said they would start their day without eating a meal.
  • Chief Executive of Barnardos has stated that young people “seem to be losing hope and do not feel optimistic about their futures”.
  • For more please visit the Independent’s website.

School issues Prime energy drink warning after pupil hospitalised

  • Milton Primary School in Newport, alerted parents on Tuesday after a report from one parent who stated their child suffered a cardiac episode and had to have their stomach pumped, after consuming a Prime energy drink.
  • Prime was initially launched in 2022 and introduced in the UK in 2023 by social media influencers Logan Paul and KSI.
  • After their launch, Prime was being resold for 10 times it’s retail price online as a result of high demand.
  • In the UK, the drink contains 140mg of caffeine per 12oz, which is much higher, compared to an 8oz coffee containing 80 to 100mg.
  • Prime’s official website states that the drink is not suitable for anyone under 18 years of age.
  • For more, please visit the MSN website.

A – level students still learning about floppy disks but not AI, Parliament told

  • Parliament has been told that A-level pupils are being taught about floppy disks and not artificial intelligence (AI).
  • An A-level pupil said the school curriculum was failing to move with the times and the only way pupils could learn about AI is through an extended project qualification.
  • Digital Minister Lord Parkinson noted that pupils are not just being taught about historic things like floppy disks but are also instructed on emerging and present challenges.
  • Labour member, Lord Knight reiterated the importance of media and digital literacy in providing young people with the confidence and competence to be online.
  • He highlighted that only 1.4% of secondary school pupils take GCSE computer science.
  • Lord Knight has called for Ofcom to update its media communications which has not been done since the Communications Act 2003.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Independent News website.