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October 6, 2023

Cybersecurity expert warns young people to be wary of these two social media platforms

  • Cybersecurity expert Tom Gaffney from F-Secure has warned young people to avoid certain online services to avoid their private data being “mined for profit”. 
  • He has also warned against oversharing on certain platforms which could potentially lead to data leaking.  
  • Recent research from F-Secure found that only 17% of 16-24-year-olds worry about their data leaking, despite 23% experiencing a data leak within the last year. 
  • Mr Gaffney warned that parents and young people should be very careful around social media, in particular TikTok and Snapchat. 
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo News website.  

Instagram rolls out new option to share stories with multiple group lists at once

  • Instagram is bringing out a new option that will enable users to share a Story with multiple group lists at once.  
  • This is said to enable users to better curate who sees their updates, in being more selective about who they share certain content with. 
  • This will be in addition to “Close Friends” lists. 
  • This new feature now being rolled out to all users. 
  • For more, please visit the Social Media Today website.  

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Over 100,000 children in England and Wales have parent in prison, analysis shows

  • Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) data shows that the prison population is 87,793.  
  • An official Ministry of Justice estimate says each male prisoner has on average, 1.14 children.  Therefore, an estimated 100,084 children have a parent in prison. 
  • Research shows that children of prisoners are more likely to get involved in crime, suffer mental health problems, homelessness and poverty later in life. 
  • A Ministry of Justice spokesperson stated they are improving their understanding of the number of children affected by parental imprisonment. 
  • He continued: “This includes new screening processes to better identify offenders who have caring responsibilities and investing £20m into a cross-government data programme to improve support for people with complex needs, including those with parents in prison.” 
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website. 

Disruptive behaviour in English schools worse since Covid, says outgoing Ofsted head

  • Suspensions for physical assault, threatening behaviour and verbal abuse have increased, with even primary school children being defiant and refusing to follow simple instructions.
  • Amanda Speilman, head of Ofsted, reported that disruptive behaviours in class were contributing to poor mental health and added to absences.
  • She blames the rise in behaviours on the loss of socialisation resulting from Covid.
  • Ms Speilman reported that the issue was taking up “disproportionate” amounts of school time as headteachers struggled to deal with the issues.
  • The Department for Education reported that poor behaviour has had a profound effect on teachers and stated it will support schools through their ongoing £10m behaviour hubs programme.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.