Children younger than five experiencing sexual harassment
- A survey from Crimestoppers and the University of Suffolk has found that victims of sexual harassment are being targeted early, with some even younger than five years old.
- The majority of those who experience sexual harassment encounter it during adolescence or childhood.
- 1,800 people across the UK took part in the survey. When asked if they considered themselves to be a victim or survivor or sexual harassment, 68.7% responded yes.
- The largest group of perpetrators were strangers, followed by classmates.
- Behaviours encountered included unwanted questions about sex lives, staring, leering, being followed or witnessing genital exposure.
- To learn more, go to the Yahoo website.
Olly Stephens’ dad welcomes online bill change
- The father of 13-year-old Olly Stephens who was killed by two schoolboys welcomed changes to the bill that could see tech bosses jailed for failing to protect children online.
- The government conceded to almost 50 Tory MPs for the introduction of two-year sentences for managers who fail to stop children from seeing harmful material.
- Mr Stephens has said: “I’m pleased to see that compromise has been made because that section of the bill – it’s about accountability for senior management.”
- For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.
UK schools build cyber resilience
- A new cyber security survey from the London Grid for Learning has revealed that schools across the UK are better prepared for cyber-attacks.
- In collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), they found that 53% of schools felt prepared for a cyber-attack.
- They also found that 56% of school leaders and governors felt more informed about the cyber security issues within their schools.
- The NCSC have also released cyber security e-learning package called “Staying Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff”.
- For more, go to the NCSC’s website.
Education Authority cuts cannot be delivered, warns unions
- Teaching unions have said that the proposed cuts to the Education Authority (EA) budget in Northern Ireland, set in November, are unrealistic and cannot be delivered.
- The unions said that the education system was already in a state of crisis, so they would resist cuts.
- The current spending trajectory would have to be curtailed, which will affect the block grant of the Education Authority, responsible for the day-to-day funding of schools in NI, according to the Northern Ireland Secretary.
- It has been reported that the EA may need to find about £100 million in savings from its block grant in the current financial year.
- For more, go to the Belfast Telegraph’s website.