Social media urged to act on violent content after Hamas attack
- The UK government and Brussels have scrutinised the coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict on social media platforms.
- X and Meta were urged to deal with an increase in violent and misleading content on their sites.
- In the UK, the technology secretary summoned social media executives on Wednesday to demand the removal of violent content related to the Hamas attacks on Israel from their platforms.
- This followed the EU’s criticism of X (formerly Twitter), about discussion of the conflict on its platform.
- Musk replied on X asking the European Commissioner responsible for enforcing new EU laws governing social media, to “list the violations” on X.
- A spokesperson for Meta stated that the company’s teams were working with third party fact checkers to combat the content.
- For more, please visit the Guardian’s website.
Roblox now on PS4 and PS5
- Roblox has arrived on PS4 and PS5 as of the 10th October.
- The game will be free to download for PlayStation users.
- Roblox is one of the most popular games in the world, players can create their own games using the game’s engine, Roblox Studio which other users can play.
- These games range from first person shooter games to horror games.
- Nintendo Switch may also be getting access to Roblox in the future.
- Check out our Shareable ‘All about Roblox’.
- For more, please visit the Evening Standard’s website.
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How we’re helping look after the mental health of children and young people
- The Department for Education (DfE) has announced support for schools and colleges in England through the means of grants for senior mental health leads.
- This support is to provide learning environments that promote mental wellbeing, identify individuals’ needs and offer appropriate targeted support to children and young people.
- 14,000 schools and colleges have now claimed a grant to train a senior mental health lead, and others are encouraged to claim their grant now and book training this year.
- The DfE is also expanding its access to early mental health support in schools and colleges and increasing the number of Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs).
- For more, please visit the UK Government’s website.
Children in Wales aged seven using social media regularly
- A new major survey in Wales has shown that children as young as seven and eight are using social media regularly.
- Responses from over 32,000 children aged seven to 11 suggest that almost half used social media sites or apps a few times a week or every day.
- Most said they had a smartphone, including 43% of year threes who are seven and eight years old.
- More than a quarter of year six children said they had experienced cyberbullying recently and 9% said they had cyberbullied someone.
- Public health experts have said the data was “concerning” and illustrates the need for more regulation.
- For more, please visit the BBC News website.