Epic Games adds for-kids accounts in Fortnite, Rocket League and Fall Guys

  • Epic Games has added ‘Cabined Accounts’, created specifically for kids that play Epic’s online multiplayer games.
  • If a child under the age of 13 years old (or below the age of digital consent in their country) makes an account, it will automatically be a Cabined Account.
  • The accounts will have some restrictions until a parent or guardian gives their permission.
  • These restrictions will include the disabling of text and voice chat and buying items with money.
  • These accounts will initially start rolling out in Fortnite, Rocket League and Fall Guys.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Verge website.

Apple drops plans for child sexual abuse imagery scanning

  • According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has stopped the development of technology designed to detect possible child sexual abuse material (CSAM) while it was stored on a user’s device.
  • Encryption and consumer privacy experts had warned about the risk of creating such surveillance systems that work from your devices.
  • Apple are now focusing on end-to-end encryption, including phone backups and other new features which will be aimed at protecting privacy and security while using iMessage and data stored in iCloud.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Verge website.

NI Teaching Unions demand clear advice from Education Authority over Strep A threat

  • Three teaching unions have called for the Education Authority (EA) to provide guidance for schools around Strep A.
  • This comes after a 5-year-old Primary 2 pupil at Black Mountain Primary School died following a severe case of the bacterial infection.
  • The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation Northern Secretary has described the announcement as sending ‘shockwaves’ through school communities.
  • On Tuesday, all schools received a letter from EA directing schools to the PHA website as well as providing contact details for their Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).
  • For more, go to the Belfast Telegraph’s website.