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January 25, 2024

AI face-scanning technology to be rolled out at supermarkets to check age of shoppers 

  • The government is planning to roll out AI face-scanning technology at supermarkets to check the age of shoppers buying alcohol.
  • The technology has already been trialled successfully by Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Co-op.
  • The government is consulting on amendments to the Online Safety Act, so it is “explicit about when age verification must take place.”
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo News website.

Children contacting Childline about AI-generated online harms, NSPCC says 

  • Children are contacting Childline about AI-generated child sexual abuse material, the spread of misinformation and bullying.
  • The NSPCC and Common Sense Media are partnering to advocate for child safety in AI development.
  • NSPCC Chief Executive Sir Peter Wanless reported that risks from unregulated AI is too high, and children’s experiences must be at the centre of conversations about AI regulations.
  • For more, please visit the Irish News website.

Twitch announces new deal to pay streamers more 

  • Twitch is giving streamers a bigger cut of subscription revenue, increasing it from 50% to 60% for those with more than 100 paid subscribers.
  • The new system called the Twitch Plus programme, will come into effect in May.
  • The move is seen as an attempt to appease streamers and attract new ones to the platform.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

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Ban smartphones for under-16s, PM told 

  • A Conservative MP suggests banning smartphones for children under 16, citing concerns about the negative impact of social media on their mental health.
  • She references the case of a 14-year-old girl who is believed to have taken her own life, after being bullied online.
  • The Prime Minister responds by highlighting the Online Safety Act, which aims to protect children from harmful online content.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

Family moves 180 miles for special-needs nursery space 

  • A family moved 180 miles to find a nursery for their son with special needs.
  • The nursery they found is able to provide the support their son needs because it has a higher ratio of staff to children than normal.
  • Councils and charities have warned there will be fewer special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) after the expansion of funded hours in England in April.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.