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June 16, 2023

Mum says school failed girl who was harassed after bullies shared details

  • The mother of a girl whose Snapchat details were shared online by bullies, has described the way her school treated the issue as “absolutely abysmal”.
  • The 13-year-old girl received explicit texts after her Snapchat handle was shared on an adults-only forums.
  • The bullies set up an account depicting her as a woman in her 20s.
  • In one day, she had 80 people contacting her.
  • The abuse was reported to Greater Manchester Police and the local MP, but the girl was left suffering from anxiety, insomnia and not attending school.
  • Despite a letter from her GP outlining issues with her “mental health, confidence and energy”, the school refused to accept these reasons for her absence.
  • The school did not offer a change of form class or timetable to help the girl transition back into school following the ordeal.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Meta and Microsoft join new framework on responsible AI use

  • Meta and Microsoft have both signed onto the Partnership on AI (PAI) Responsible Practices for Synthetic Media initiative.
  • The initiative aims to establish agreement on responsible practices in the development, creation and sharing of media created through the implementation of generative AI.
  • PAI will work to clarify their guidance on responsible synthetic media disclosure while addressing technical, legal and social implications of recommendations around transparency.
  • Google has also published its own ‘Responsible AI Principles’.
  • LinkedIn and Meta have shared their rules over the same with Meta likely reflecting much of what the new group will be aligned with.
  • For more, please visit the Social Media Today website.

Instagram is rolling out its Channels feature for broadcasting messages globally

  • Meta have announced it’s rolling out Instagram’s Channels features for broadcasting messages globally.
  • The Channels feature was first launched in February to let creators share one-to-many messages with their fans.
  • Users can go to the DM section and see “Suggested channels” and search for channels they want to join.
  • Instagram says these channels are based on interests, interactions with creators and general activity on the platform.
  • Meta have announced they are testing question prompts for followers along with a dedicated channels tab in the inbox.
  • This is alongside testing tools for creators including a channel expiration date, and time and adding moderators.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Funding cuts in Northern Ireland

  • Numerous different schemes have had their funding cut by the Department of Education in the 2023-2024 Stormont budget.
  • This includes funding to primary schools for nurture classes which help with young people’s emotional or social needs.
  • These classes are designed to help small groups of pupils receive specialist teaching and support, however, there is an overall cut for nurture provision by £1.1m.
  • In addition to this a special school in Omagh, has had to cut nursery hours from 4.5 hours per day to 2.5 hours as a result of a shortfall for places in special schools.
  • Other funding cuts announced this week include Young Enterprise NI.
  • Young Enterprise,a charity which helps young people learn business skills, have had their £550,000 grant cut with immediate effect.
  • To read more about these stories, go to the following: BBC – Funding for primary school nurture classes being cut, the BBC – Arvalee special school in Omagh cuts nursery hours due to demand and the BBC – Young Enterprise NI funding cut with immediate effect.