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January 12, 2024

Snapchat now lets parents restrict their teens from using the app’s ‘My AI’ chatbot 

  • Snapchat has introduced new parental controls that allow parents to restrict teens from using My AI, an AI chatbot that has raised concerns about its interactions with young people.
  • Parents can now also view their children’s privacy settings and access Family Center, a tool that lets them manage their children’s Snapchat use.
  • The changes come amid increased pressure on social media platforms to protect young users.
  • Snapchat’s new parental controls are a positive step, but parents should still talk to their children about online safety and monitor their social media use.
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo Finance website.

Meta faces another EU privacy challenge over ‘pay for privacy’ consent choice 

  • Meta faces another EU privacy challenge over its “pay for privacy” consent choice for Facebook and Instagram tracking.
  • Privacy rights advocacy group noyb alleges Meta makes opting out of tracking much harder (requiring a paid subscription) than opting in (one click).
  • This practice violates GDPR’s requirement for consent to be as easy to withdraw as to grant.
  • Meta is under pressure to adjust its consent mechanisms and protect user privacy, or it will potentially face fines or other consequences.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

In Case You Missed It: CCEA’s Gambling and Gaming Awareness 

  • CCEA’s “Gambling and Gaming Awareness” resources, released in 2022, but updated in 2023, aim to equip schools with tools to educate pupils about the potential harms of gambling and gaming.
  • Five ready-to-use lessons on Personal Health and Understanding, with fifteen activities, focus on helping pupils understand gaming, its types, and associated risks.
  • The resources provided are for Key Stages 2 and 3.
  • They include teacher notes and pupil resource sheets and can be used individually or as part of a series.
  • For more, please visit the CCEA website.