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01/10/2022: How vulnerable teenagers are being bombarded with a torrent of self-harm and suicide content within minutes of joining the platform

Vulnerable teenagers are being bombarded with a torrent of self-harm and suicide content on TikTok within minutes of joining the platform, a Daily Mail investigation found. An account set up by the . . . Daily Mail as 14-year-old Emily was shown posts about suicidal thoughts within five minutes of expressing an interest in depression content.
Daily Mail

01/10/2022: ‘Poisonous’: how WhatsApp is exposing UK school children to bullying and harmful content

Teachers say they are powerless to deal with damaging elements of social media and are calling for more parental vigilance. Victoria Tully, co-headteacher at Fulham Cross girls’ school, a state . . . secondary in west London, had no idea that her new first years had invited people from outside the school to join their WhatsApp group.
Guardian

30/09/2022: The school fines lottery for parents with absent children

Parents in England whose children miss school face harsher penalties depending on where they live, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Fines, which begin at £60, but rise if not paid promptly, . . . totalled more than £8.6m in the past school year. But some local councils told us no penalties had been issued, while other authorities handed out thousands.
BBC

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