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March 8, 2024

Pornhub challenges EU over online content rules 

  • One of the world’s most popular pornography websites, Pornhub, is contesting new rules under the Digital Services Act (DSA) including strict requirements on age verification.
  • The new rules apply to what the EU designates a Very large Online Platform (VLOP) – however, Pornhub says it is not.
  • As of January 2024, Pornhub had 32 million monthly active users, and it is filing an application to have its VLOP status annulled.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Lancaster: Boy, 11, died trying social media craze – family 

  • An 11-year-old boy who died after apparently taking part in a dangerous social media trend.
  • His grandmother reported he had been at a sleepover taking part in a social media craze that involves sniffing or inhaling toxic fumes.
  • Police have said his death was being treated as unexplained and whether he had inhaled aerosols was one line of inquiry.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Abuse is main driver of mental ill health in women and girls, say psychiatrists 

  • According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, abuse and violence suffered by women and girls are the main reason they are more likely to develop mental ill health compared to their male counterparts.
  • Other contributing factors include difficult relationships, especially those which involve coercive behaviour.
  • Research in 2022 found close links between sexual assault and mental illness, with victims more likely to experience serious distress or self-harm.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

World Book Day finds children are put off reading for pleasure 

  • New research has shown that more than a third of children cannot choose what they want to read.
  • The research also reveals that one in five feel judged for what they do read.
  • More than a quarter of respondents said they would enjoy reading more if it was made more for fun (30%), and there was less nagging from adults (28%).
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

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Parents keeping children at home due to disputes with schools, headteachers say 

  • A survey for the Association of School and College Leaders found that nearly a third (32%) of teachers and school leaders have experienced pupils being absent this academic year because of a parental dispute with the school.
  • A poll by the Teacher Tapp app in January reported that more than half of pupils had been kept at home because they were tired from an event the night before.
  • Nearly nine in 10 (87%) said wanting to take a holiday during term time was given as a reason, while more than three in four (76%) pointed to family events.
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo News website.