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February 19, 2024

OpenAI gives first look at Sora, an AI tool which creates video from just a line of text 

  • OpenAI has shared a first look at a new tool, called Sora, which instantly generates videos from a line of text. 
  • Some have expressed concerns that the tool may be misused, such as to manipulate or phish the general public. 
  • Others express concerns about copyright and privacy. 
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website. 

Children exposed to ‘spicy’ adult fiction by BookTok influencers 

  • Parents, publishers and booksellers have welcomed “BookTok”, where people promote literature on TikTok. 
  • However, it has generated concerns that children may be reading titles with adult content. 
  • Schools have become aware that young people are being drawn to such books, with one teacher urging parents to check that the books their children read are age appropriate. 
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website. 

Taunts, bullying… then groping: how sexual assaults are increasing in schools 

  • Research into police records have found an increase in reports of sexual assault and rape in England and Wales since 2019. 
  • Kate Parker, founder of the Schools Consent Project, reported that she was also hearing more reports of online sexual harassment. 
  • Police are watching the Online Safety Act to see if it will have an impact on clamping down on damaging content. 
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website. 

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Schools given new guidance on stopping phone use 

  • Schools in England have been provided with new guidance to stop the use of mobile phones during the school day. 
  • The government reported the move was to “minimise disruption and improve behaviour in classrooms.” 
  • Headteachers are given permission to search pupils for items banned under schools’ rules and have legal protection from being sued over loss or damage to confiscated items. 
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.