Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-12-01T12:23:29+00:00December 1st, 2021| Twitter bans posting pictures of ‘private individuals’ without consent Twitter has announced it will now let private individuals request that pictures or videos featuring them to be removed. This ban aims to prevent harassment or invasions of privacy. The ban includes exceptions for images and videos that are shared in the interest of the public, such as news. For information on Twitter, check out our safety card. Full story, here. Twitch’s new tool, Suspicious User Detection, will identify users evading bans Twitch is going further in its attempt to reduce harassment from the platform with a new tool called ‘Suspicious User Detection’. This will evaluate the accounts of potential ‘ban evaders’ and compare that information against accounts that have already been banned from a streamer’s channel. Streamers can choose to monitor a ‘likely’ evader or ban them and messages from other ‘likely’ evaders won’t be sent to chat. This tool will be a default feature, but streamers can tweak or turn off the tool if they want. Full story, here. Sharp rise in teacher and pupil absence Pupil absence due to COVID-19 has increased by 62% in two weeks, with teacher absence also seeing a substantial rise. Government figures show that on 25th of November, 212,160 pupils were absent for COVID-related reasons, up from 130,560 on 11th This follows the announcement that from today, masks have been reintroduced in communal areas for secondary school pupils and all school staff. Full story, here. Council has right to see home educated pupils’ work A High Court ruling states that Portsmouth City Council was within its rights to ask for examples of a home-educated child’s work. This was to ensure the child was receiving education that was to a suitable standard. A parent launched a judicial review against the council, stating that the demands were ‘unreasonable’ and put ‘burden of proof’ on home educators. The High Court decision comes as the number of children withdrawn from school for elective home education went up 34% last year. Full story, here. Wales’ school watchdog details effects of the pandemic on children’s learning Head of Estyn, Clare Morgan’s annual report states that the impact of the pandemic on education is still not clear, and the effect on education staff should not be underestimated. The report aimed to review how schools and other education providers adapted to problems caused by the ongoing pandemic. Key findings were reported for primary, secondary, Welsh-medium, and special needs education (SEN) schools, alongside further education colleges. Full story, here.