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Google to ban “Sugardaddy” apps
Google Play is changing its inappropriate-content policy from the 1st of September to ban apps promoting “sugar dating” or “compensated sexual relationships” alongside Google’s newly announced privacy policies.
These often involveolder men offering money and gifts in exchange for relationships with young women, though not always involving sex.
Several apps have been identified on the Play Store that facilitate these relationships
This decision may be motivated by US legislation that threatens to make platforms liable for facilitating prostitution.
For information on how to keep young people safe on dating apps, our guide can be found here.
The Department of Education reported that 74% of all secondary schools in England are offering a mixture of academic and extracurricular activities before the new academic year in September following a £200m scheme.
Labour raises concerns that while 540,000 children are registered to take part, this is equivalent to just one in 15 state school pupils.
The Education Policy Institute estimates that a three-year funding package worth £13.5bn will be needed to fill the gaps in children’s learning resulting from the pandemic.