Sandwell launches ‘Online Safety-Against Extremism’ guide   

  • Sandwell Council’s Prevent team have devised a new online safety guide against extremism for parents and carers
  • This guide was created to raise awareness of how to keep children safe online and prevent them from being targeted by extremist material.
  • Information covered includes apps, games, social media platforms and fake news.
  • The guide also offers practical tips and contact details of agencies that can provide further information, support and training.
  • For more on this please visit the Sandwell website.

DfE allowed gambling companies to access children’s learning records

  • The DfE have been reprimanded by the UK’s data protection watchdog after it allowed gambling companies to access a database of children’s learning records.
  • The ICO found that a database of pupils’ learning records was used by Trust Systems Software UK Ltd, trading as Trustopia, an employment screening firm.
  • They were using the data to check whether people opening online gambling accounts were 18.
  • This database includes information on 28 million children and young people from the age of 14, including their full name, date of birth, gender and a record of their learning and training achievements.
  • For more on this story, please visit the ITV website.

Twitter to hold off on paid verifications and will ban parody accounts

  • Twitter has delayed the rollout of paid account verification until after the end of the US midterm elections.
  • Over the weekend, Elon Musk announced Twitter will be charging £7 a month for its blue, verified checkmark.
  • Elon Musk also said that Twitter users engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying it is a parody account will be permanently suspended.
  • To read more go to the Engadget and BBC’s website.