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March 7, 2024

World Book Day costumes should not break the bank – school 

  • The financial cost of costumes to celebrate World Book Day can be concerning to parents.
  • Some schools are allowing pupils to wear pyjamas to represent bedtime stories and suggesting simple costumes.
  • One head teacher reported that the day should be accessible to everyone and free books and provided for those wanting to read to their children.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website, and this World Book Day check out INEQE’s ‘The Friend Ship’ book – an adventure in cyber space, available to register your interest now or accessible on your Safer Schools app.

X’s New Voice and Video Calling Feature Reveals Users’ IP Address

  • X is rolling out its new option to make voice and video calls in the app to all users.
  • However, privacy advocates have raised concerns that the system reveals user’s IP address whenever they make a call.
  • This could be an issue for vulnerable X users; however, users can switch voice and video calling off in their settings.
  • For more, please visit the Social Media Today website.

What’s next for Twitch? A big app redesign and more social sharing 

  • Twitch is overhauling its app to focus on a scrollable feed similar to TikTok, allowing viewers to discover new streamers more easily.
  • Twitch is allowing streamers to export their content to other platforms, such as YouTube and TikTok, with plans to export directly to Instagram.
  • Twitch says it is bringing improvements to Stream Together to streamline with setup process and build a way for streamers to “spontaneously” discover other streamers to collaborate on the platform.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

The following stories may be regionalised

Doncaster school checking on absent pupils’ bins, cars and post 

  • A secondary school is monitoring families’ bins, cars and post to crack down on unauthorised pupil absences.
  • The school in Doncaster is checking driveways, boiler flues and lights to see if people are home or on holiday.
  • The principal said the visits were conducted out of safety concerns for absent children, however, The National Education Union (NEU) branded the measures “invasive snooping tactics”.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Autistic pupils in England denied right to education as absenteeism surges, says charity 

  • Autistic pupils are being denied their basic right to education, as figures reveal the number of children persistently absent has increased by 166%.
  • Out of a quarter of autistic children in England, 51,000 out of 200,000 are persistently absent, meaning they have missed 10% or more of the school term.
  • In 74% of cases, parents reported their child’s school place did not fully meet their needs.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.