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edition 110 | 12-10-18

In the UK

How Instagram is using AI to tackle bullying

Automated systems will flag images and captions that show signs of hurtful content.

Teenagers bombarded by gambling ads ask for help

"A few years ago, I got an email from a betting website. I was only 12 or 13.’.

Hinds: 'Schools should be phone-free - but I won't ban them'

Students need a ‘technology-free zone’ at school but banning mobiles should be up to heads, says education secretary.

‘I can only get help if I try to kill myself’

Teenager tells how she suffered a lack of mental health support, as pupils warn MPs about the impact of cuts on schools.

'We must tell pupils how we tackle our anxieties'

To protect pupils' mental health, teachers should be open with students about their own journeys, says Geoff Barton.

In the US

Why Instagram's new anti-bullying filtering is so dangerous

Instagram announced its latest round of anti-bullying tools, extending its previous focus on textual comments to new computer vision algorithms allegedly able to detect “bullying” in photographs themselves.

Mental health treatment up; studies blame social media use

Chairman of the Mental Health Commission said that the number of people seeking treatment for mental health issues this year has increased by five percent.

Study uncovers ‘sextortion’ prevalence in teens

According to the United States Department of Justice, “sextortion” is labeled as the most important and fastest-growing cyberthreat to children.

Transgender middle school student is barred from taking shelter during school safety drill

A transgender girl in middle school was barred from taking shelter with the other girls in her class during a safety lockdown drill due to confusion over bathroom and locker room policy.

Did school’s transgender bathroom policy lead to child’s sex assault?

The Department of Education is investigating whether a school’s transgender-friendly bathroom policy was a factor in the alleged sexual assault of a 5-year-old student.

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