Jewish parents told to delete social media apps
- Some Jewish parents have been told by schools to delete social media from their children’s phones in the midst of the Israel-Gaza war.
- One of the main concerns is over possible hostage videos being shared that may cause distress.
- These warnings have been circulating in Israel itself, the UK and the US.
- The UK’s technology secretary met with bosses of social media companies Google, Meta, X, TikTok and Snapchat.
- She asked the platforms to clearly set out what action they were taking to remove illegal material that breaches their terms and conditions.
- Visit INEQE’s website for guidance on ‘Talking to your Child about War and Conflict’.
- For more, please visit the BBC News website.
Sex offender who posed as teenage girl online to target boys jailed for five years
- A Strabane man admitted 152 child sexual abuse offences in Dungannon Crown Court.
- The offences included sexual communication with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to watch a sexual act and making an indecent photograph or pseudo of a child.
- His offending spanned from 2016-2021 and involved 40 young male victims.
- He targeted his victims, as young as eight, by posing as a girl on Snapchat.
- He was sentenced to 10 years and will service five in prison, and five on licence.
- The man was also placed on a barring list, preventing him from working with children and vulnerable adults.
- For more, please visit the ITV News website.
Digital devices for schools in under-resourced areas of Northern Ireland
- Around 2,700 digital devices are to be provided to schools in under-resources areas of NI.
- By the end of the scheme, close to 240 schools will have benefitted from this investment.
- The devices will be offered to schools, starting with those with the highest proportion of free school meals.
- Education permanent secretary Dr Mark Browne reported that the “provision of these new digital devices has been a direct consequence of ‘A Fair Start’ report” which is about “investing in our children’s future and providing them with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to progress in life.”
- For more, please visit the Irish News website.