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edition 141 | 31-05-19

In the UK

Roblox: 'I thought he was playing an innocent game'

Online multiplayer game Roblox, which has 90 million users worldwide, is marketed at children - but there are fears it also being used to groom them.

Embed mental health in school curriculum, says youth commission

Mental health needs should be taken more seriously, receive more funding and be embedded in the school curriculum.

Instagram: 'I don't want people to be ashamed of their scars'

Instagram users are debating the social media platform's censoring of images of healed self-harm scars.

Children increasingly concerned that their parents are addicted to smartphones

Teenagers are increasingly concerned about their parents' addiction to their smartphones.

Online usage grows, but so do social media concerns - Ofcom study

The amount of time we spend online is growing, but so are calls for tougher regulation, a study of 1,001 children and 2,057 over-16s suggests.

In the US

New York school district's facial recognition system sparks privacy fears

Plan for cameras to track students in Lockport’s schools called ‘unprecedented invasion of privacy’ and ‘colossal waste of money’.

Supreme Court will not hear challenge to school transgender bathroom policy

The justices declined without comment to take up a case challenging a policy that allows transgender students to use school facilities consistent with their gender identity.

States introduce sex education legislation following #MeToo movement

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, several states have introduced legislation that would expand on what is covered in sex education lessons.

Peaks and Pits: Mental health check-ins in the classroom

Many children come to school with much more packed in their backpacks than just their lunch.

How K–12 schools can balance privacy and security protocols

Evolving classroom technology integrations require educators to be more mindful about how new tools affect student privacy.

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