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February 19, 2024

OpenAI gives first look at Sora, an AI tool which creates video from just a line of text 

  • OpenAI has shared a first look at a new tool, called Sora, which instantly generates videos from a line of text.
  • Some have expressed concerns that the tool may be misused, such as to manipulate or phish the general public.
  • Others express concerns about copyright and privacy.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

Children exposed to ‘spicy’ adult fiction by BookTok influencers 

  • Parents, publishers and booksellers have welcomed “BookTok”, where people promote literature on TikTok.
  • However, it has generated concerns that children may be reading titles with adult content.
  • Schools have become aware that young people are being drawn to such books, with one teacher urging parents to check that the books their children read are age appropriate.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

Taunts, bullying… then groping: how sexual assaults are increasing in schools 

  • Research into police records have found an increase in reports of sexual assault and rape in England and Wales since 2019.
  • Kate Parker, founder of the Schools Consent Project, reported that she was also hearing more reports of online sexual harassment.
  • Police are watching the Online Safety Act to see if it will have an impact on clamping down on damaging content.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

The youngest paramilitary attack victim since GFA signing as hundreds of children injured 

  • An FoI has shown there have been 564 young people aged 18 and under injured in paramilitary style attacks between April 10, 1998 and February 13, 2023.
  • The youngest victim is nine years old, who suffered injuries to their ribcage with an unknown weapon.
  • 38.8% of these 564 people were shot with injuries resembling a “punishment shooting.”
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Live website.