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April 28, 2023

Online abuse survivors ‘ignored and overlooked by tech companies’

  • A group including online safety campaigners and survivors of internet grooming and exploitation have urged Rishi Sunak to strengthen the Online Safety Bill.
  • They claim that ‘technology companies have ignored and overlooked the violence they face’.
  • They are repeating calls for a mandatory violence against women and girls (VAWG) code of practice to be added in the Bill.
  • The letter comes to the Prime Minister after a survey was commissioned by the NSPCC and suggested 79% of people think the Bill should take specific action to protect women and girls from violence and harmful content online.
  • For the full story, please visit the Independent’s website.

Fake ChatGPT clones plague app stores

  • Hundreds of fake ChatGPT apps have flooded app stores, with OpenAI struggling with their ‘GPT’ trademark.
  • Privacy researcher Alex Kleber has said, “Most of these apps are nothing but cheap imitations or outright scams”.
  • The trend has meant OpenAI has had to fast track a patent for the GPT acronym.
  • For the full story, go to the Independent’s website.

Bullying in Scottish schools under reported, says expert

  • Experts have warned that bullying in Scotland’s Schools risks being under reported as incidents are not properly recorded.
  • A bullying monitoring system was rolled out in 2019 but research by watchdog Education Scotland suggests schools are not complying, with some using their own systems.
  • Following incidents of violent and disturbing fights and bullying between pupils being shared on social media, the Scottish government have started a review into its anti-bullying guidance.
  • A report into bullying procedures by Education Scotland found that across 35 primary and secondary schools only two thirds of schools were implementing the national guidance and recording incidents.
  • The report also highlighted that 40% of pupils had been bullied at some point and only 56% said their school dealt with the problem well.
  • The government have written to teachers, young people’s representatives and parents asking what more can be done to support children and young people.
  • For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.