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January 12, 2024

Snapchat now lets parents restrict their teens from using the app’s ‘My AI’ chatbot 

  • Snapchat has introduced new parental controls that allow parents to restrict teens from using My AI, an AI chatbot that has raised concerns about its interactions with young people.
  • Parents can now also view their children’s privacy settings and access Family Center, a tool that lets them manage their children’s Snapchat use.
  • The changes come amid increased pressure on social media platforms to protect young users.
  • Snapchat’s new parental controls are a positive step, but parents should still talk to their children about online safety and monitor their social media use.
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo Finance website.

Meta faces another EU privacy challenge over ‘pay for privacy’ consent choice 

  • Meta faces another EU privacy challenge over its “pay for privacy” consent choice for Facebook and Instagram tracking.
  • Privacy rights advocacy group noyb alleges Meta makes opting out of tracking much harder (requiring a paid subscription) than opting in (one click).
  • This practice violates GDPR’s requirement for consent to be as easy to withdraw as to grant.
  • Meta is under pressure to adjust its consent mechanisms and protect user privacy, or it will potentially face fines or other consequences.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

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Pass rate falls for GCSE maths resits in England 

  • The pass rate for GCSE maths resits fell in November 2023, while the pass rate for English resits increased.
  • Although the pass rate fell in maths, the raw number of passes in both maths and English grew as more students sat November exams than in previous years.
  • England’s exams regulator, Ofqual, said the return to “normal grading” last year meant it was “not meaningful to make direct comparisons between results in recent November series”.
  • Tom Middlehurst, assessment specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, said schools and colleges have tried to help students catch up on “lost learning” because of the Covid pandemic, but have “constrained resources.”
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Top comprehensives ‘accept more middle-class students than grammar schools’ 

  • Research from the Sutton Trust suggests some top state schools in England might favour middle-class students over grammar schools.  
  • Over 150 high-performing comprehensive secondary schools accept a lower share of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds compared to their local area, compared to the average grammar school. 
  • Critics urge greater transparency in admissions criteria and call for measures to ensure fairer allocation of places across different socioeconomic groups. 
  • The findings highlight potential bias in state school admissions despite efforts to make education more equitable. 
  • For more, please visit The Telegraph website.