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May 25, 2023

TikTok prankster Bacari-Bronze O’Garro fined £200 and given social media video ban after entering family’s home

  • 18-year-old Bacari-Bronze O’Garro (Mizzy) from Hackney, has been given a criminal two-year criminal behaviour order and told to pay a total of £365 after entering a family’s home for a TikTok video.
  • The behaviour order states he cannot publish social media content without the consent of those included.
  • He admitted to one count of failing to comply with his community protection notice from last year.
  • It was reported that the family was in great distress, after asking O’Garro to leave their home multiple times, with the mother believing it was an attempted burglary.
  • O’Garro apologised to the family and reported that he had an “extremely difficult childhood” and was raised by a single parent.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

Social media firms have made children subjects of ‘decades-long experiment’

  • US top health official Vivek Murthy has said that there are “ample indicators” that social media platforms have profoundly harmed young people’s mental health.
  • Mr Murthy has called for safeguards from tech companies for children who are at critical stages of brain development.
  • The advisory has stated that technology companies have a vested interest in keeping users online and use tactics that encourage people to engage in addictive behaviours.
  • The report includes advice for parents, tech companies, and children and young people on how to avoid dangerous social media use.
  • It reads that policymakers should strengthen safety standards for children of all ages and calls on tech companies to be more transparent about data showing the impact of their products on children.
  • For more, please visit the Telegraph’s website.

Northern Ireland education cuts ‘equivalent to losing 6,600 staff’

  • The Education Authority (EA) currently employs 44,000 staff, including teachers, classroom assistants, school transports, meals and other support.
  • It has reported it will be forced to make 6,600 staff redundant to make the £200m of savings in 2023-2024 that is required.
  • The chief executive of the authority Sara Long has stated that 85% of the EA’s budget went towards staff costs.
  • Concerningly, the Department of Education (DE) has recently axed schemes that were designed to help vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
  • The committee chairman, Simon Hoare, criticised politicians stating there was an “abdication of responsibility” regarding their education decision making.
  • Ms Long also reported that the EA will struggle to pay for essential health and safety maintenance within schools in the upcoming year.
  • Further, she told MPs, that services for young people with special educational needs (SEN) would “require budget restrictions”.
  • For more, please visit the BBC website.