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edition 131 | 22-03-19

In the UK

Instagram eating disorder content 'out of control'

Content on Instagram that encourages eating disorders is "spiralling out of control", psychiatrists have warned.

Young teenage girls feeling pressure of social media, study finds

Almost eight in 10 young teenage girls say that pressure from social media is one of the main reasons for mental ill-health among their age group, according to new research.

Millions of Facebook passwords exposed internally

The passwords of millions of Facebook users were accessible by up to 20,000 employees of the social network, it has been reported.

Essay mills must be tackled by online giants such as PayPal, Education Secretary says

Damian Hinds said that the PayPal is “one of the main methods” used by university students to pay “unscrupulous” companies to write coursework, essays and dissertations on their behalf.

Four more Birmingham primary schools suspend LGBT+ lessons after complaints from parents

LGBT+ lessons have been suspended at four more primary schools in Birmingham following complaints from parents.

In the US

Charlottesville schools close after online threat of 'ethnic cleansing' at high school

Schools in Charlottesville, Va., closed Thursday and will remain closed on Friday after being made aware of an anonymous online post threatening an "ethnic cleansing" in the form of a shooting at Charlottesville High School.

Indiana teachers shot with plastic pellets in active-shooter drill, raising concerns

In an active-shooter training, Indiana elementary teachers were asked to kneel down and face a classroom wall before being shot, execution-style, with plastic pellets by local law enforcement.

K-12 cybersecurity lessons learned from 'constant barrage of attacks'

When hackers struck one-third of North Dakota’s schools with a vicious malware attack last February, it highlighted the growing cyber threat facing America’s public-education sector—even in a state that’s ahead of the cybersecurity curve.

In many states, high school discipline is outdated

High schools across the country are stuck in the past and do little to help students address the causes of their wrongdoing.

Trump to sign executive order protecting campus free speech

The order would withhold federal funds from colleges and universities that do not protect free speech.

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