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October 16, 2023

Quarter of parents kept children off UK Jewish schools over security fears

  • Support group, Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJes) has highlighted the level of concern felt since the Israel-Hamas conflict.
  • Scotland Yard reported a sharp spike in antisemitic incidents and offences in the capital.
  • Rabbi Meyer, the chief executive of PaJes, reported that across the UK, 25% of parents did not send their children to Jewish schools on Friday.
  • In some London schools this figure was much higher at 40%.
  • In a statement on Saturday, Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak offered support to Israel and the UK’s Jewish community.
  • Visit INEQE’s website for guidance on ‘Talking to your Child about War and Conflict’.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

TikTok says action taken on Israel conflict videos

  • Following a warning from the EU, TikTok has said it immediately took action to counter misinformation around the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
  • The EU called on TikTok boss Shou Zi Chew to report on how the platform was complying with EU law on Friday.
  • EU commissioner Thierry Berton warned TikTok to be mindful of its popularity with young people and to protect children and young people from harmful content.
  • TikTok said it had removed “violative content and accounts.”
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Australia fines X for failing to crack down on child abuse content

  • Australian internet safety watchdog has issued X (formerly Twitter) with a fine of £317,360 after X failed to cooperate with a probe into anti-child abuse practices.  
  • The eSafety Commission has criticised social media platform X for their “empty talk” on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE). 
  • This follows after Elon Musk posted on the platform in November saying that “removing child exploitation is priority #1”.  
  • X’s noncompliance was deemed serious, with the Australian regulator saying the company failed to “provide any response to some questions, leaving some sections entirely blank”.  
  • Some of these questions included the time it takes the platform to respond to reports of CSE, the measures it has in place to detect CSE in livestreams and the tools and technologies it uses to detect CSE material”. 
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.  

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Families can get £200 towards school essentials from the Welsh Government

  • Families can receive £200 towards paying for school essentials like uniform, shoes, bag, stationery, sports kit and equipment. 
  • Families on lower incomes who receive certain benefits can claim £125 per child a year to help with school costs. 
  • All compulsory school years from reception to year 11 are now eligible and all looked after children quality for the grant, whether they receive free school meals or not. 
  • Education Minister Jeremy Miles said that The School Essentials Grant is not just for back to school and can be claimed later in the year. 
  • The grant is open until 31st May 2024. You can see if your child is eligible here. 
  • For more, please visit the Wales Online website.