Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-09-27T10:08:04+00:00September 24th, 2021| MPs’ alarm over potentially deadly social media videos MPs have raised concerns over potentially deadly social media videos designed to trigger epileptic fits. This follows warnings from Clare Pelham, the chief executive of the Epilepsy Society, of targeting on social media with videos with flashing lights. The society recently recruited someone dedicated to finding and reporting posts intended to cause epileptic fits. The government has been urged by the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) Committee chair, Julian Knight, to take immediate action and not wait for the Online Safety Bill. Full story, here. Apple bans Fortnite from App Store Apple has banned Fortnite from its App Store until a legal battle with its maker, Epic Games, has concluded. The game won’t be available for download on iPhones or other Apple devices. Epic Games chief executive, Tim Sweeney, announced that the legal appeals process can take up about five years to complete. Users that already have Fortnite installed on Apple devices will be able to continue playing the game but won’t receive any further updates. This follows the game’s previous removal from the App store in 2020 when Fortnite violated policies by launching its own in-app payment system. Full story, here. Cyber safety is just as important as emergency response preparation A new global survey by consumer cyber safety company, NortonLifeLock (NLL), shows that UK adults believe cyber security education should start young. The results show that 85% believe that parents teaching their children about cyber safety is essential. The survey included responses from more than 1,000 adults. Online safety was ranked just as important as being prepared for an emergency, financial management, communication, and problem-solving abilities. Around 95% of survey participants agreed that it’s more important than ever for parents to communicate how children can keep themselves safe online. However, around 75% admit it can be tricky for parents to shield their children from online threats. Full story, here. Android adds new accessibility features Google has announced a vast array of new updates which include accessibility features. The updates include new facial gesture controls designed for people with motor impairments and new handwriting recognition feature for Lookout, an app to help people with impaired vision or blindness. The new Android accessibility features will include ‘Camera Switches’ where gestures like opening mouth or raising eyebrows can be used to activate various commands. A standalone app Project Activate was also announced to help communication using facial gestures to trigger actions like playing audio or sending a text message. The release date for these and other new features hasn’t been announced but is likely to be around December. Full story, here.