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June 30, 2023

UK tightens plans for Online Safety Bill to stop children viewing pornography

  • Under the government’s latest amendments after debates in parliament, it will set higher standards for age verification tools used by services that publish or allow pornography on their platforms.
  • This is to ensure that they can effectively determine if the user is a child.
  • New measures will also seek to hold executives of tech companies responsible for keeping children safe on their platforms.
  • The Minister for tech and the digital economy Paul Scully has said that to ensure a better future for children, they are “acting robustly and with urgency to make the Online Safety Bill the global standard for protecting our children”.
  • For more, please visit the Reuters website.

Girls are worried about being able to afford period products

  • According to research from the Girlguiding’s Attitudes Survey, cost of living concerns are taking a toll on young girls in the UK.
  • The survey asked 2,614 girls and young women between February and April about the impact financial concerns were having on them.
  • 40% of all girls aged between seven to 21, said they have heard their parents talk about cutting back and saving money on certain things.
  • 21% of 11- to 21-year-olds feel worried about not having money for period products or period pain medication.
  • Girlguiding chief executive, Angela Salt has said that this research shows how these concerns are impacting girls’ daily lives.
  • The full results of the survey, supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery will be released in September.
  • For more, please visit the Independent’s website.

Teachers in Dungannon raise concerns about working conditions and wellbeing

  • The Irish National Teacher’s Organisation (INTO) is carrying out an anonymous health and wellbeing survey at St Patrick’s College in Dungannon.
  • It comes after concerns about working conditions and wellbeing were raised.
  • The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) stated that the school leadership is “well placed to be able to deal with any significant issues”.
  • The survey of INTO members in the school has been taking place over the last week, however, findings will not be presented to governors and CCMS until August.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.
  • That is all from us for a while, we will be back on the 28th August with your Daily Safeguarding News.