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  • Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing, says a House of Lords report.

    Lessons about online responsibilities, risks and acceptable behaviour should be mandatory in all UK schools, the Lords Communications Committee argues.

    The internet is "hugely beneficial" but children need awareness of its hazards, said committee chairman Lord Best.

    Industry leaders said education was key to keeping children safe online.

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  • A transgender convicted rapist has been moved to a female prison after having sex change on the NHS, it has been reported.

    Jessica Winfield, 50, who was known as Martin Ponting when she was jailed for life 12 years ago, has been relocated from maximum security HMP Whitemoor, Cambridgeshire, to HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, according to the Sun.

    The move is said to have caused disquiet at the women's jail, with one inmate threatening to self-harm to stay away from Winfield.

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  • Universities will be required to protect free speech across their campuses including inside the student union under plans being drawn up by the government.

    Jo Johnson, minister for higher education, has written to universities saying that they will be compelled to include a clear commitment to freedom of speech in their governance documents to counter the culture of censorship and so-called safe spaces.

    The letter, seen by The Times, said that it was the "legal duty" of universities to ensure as far as practicable that freedom of speech is secured for "members, students, employees and visiting speakers". This meant that all university premises should not be "denied to any individual or body on any grounds connected with their beliefs or views, policy or objective".

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  • Furious mums are voicing their disgust after a top doctor said women should have an abortion if their unborn baby is the 'wrong gender.'

    Professor Wendy Savage has caused outrage following her comments that mums-to-be desperate for a girl should be able to end the pregnancy if they discover they are expecting a boy, and vice-versa.

    The 81-year-old, who has performed 10,000 terminations, according to The Mail on Sunday , believes forcing women to go ahead with the pregnancy could harm both baby and mum’s mental health.

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  • The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, has announced the appointment of Reverend Andrew Woodward, Priest in Charge of St Mary's Kemp Town and Rural Dean of Brighton, as the first Bishop's Liaison Officer for the LGBTi community in the Diocese of Chichester.

    The aim of the post is to provide the bishops and parishes with up to date information about the pastoral needs of the LGBTi community and to identify what ministry among this community might look like if it is to be more effective.

    The new officer will also represent the church in this community so as to build bridges and enable pastoral support for a substantial group of people who feel the Church is alienated from them. Many feel they are tolerated but not included.

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  • Education Secretary John Swinney should “do a Hammond” and ditch the controversial named-person scheme, former SNP depute leader Jim Sillars has said.

    The veteran politician warned the Scottish Government could face years of punishment if it proceeds with the policy, which was the subject of a lengthy court battle.

    Speaking at a conference organised by the No to Named Persons group (NO2NP), he also encouraged campaigners to lobby SNP backbenchers to defy ministers over fresh legislation aimed at getting the scheme up and running next year.

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  • Cathedral leaders have backed a priest who says he was rejected for a job as a Welsh bishop because he is gay.

    Dean of St Albans Cathedral Dr Jeffrey John accused the Church in Wales of homophobia after failing to become the next Bishop of Llandaff.

    His cathedral's administrative body said it was "wholly wrong" that it appears the clergyman's sexuality was used against him.

    The Church in Wales "strongly denied" the accusations of homophobia.

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  • A radio presenter who said midwives would become a thing of the past because of "everybody being bis and gays" breached the broadcasting code.

    Regulator Ofcom launched an investigation after BRFM's Dai Haywood's on-air remarks in October.

    It said the comments, coupled with others about blow-up dolls and sex toys, breached Ofcom rules.

    BRFM expressed its "deepest apologies" and said it had permanently suspended Mr Haywood.

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  • YouTube has apologized after its family-friendly "Restricted Mode" recently blocked videos by gay, bisexual and transgender creators, sparking complaints from users.

    Restricted Mode is an optional parental-control feature that users can activate to avoid content that's been flagged by an algorithm. LGBTQ YouTubers began protesting late last week after fans alerted them on social media that their videos were being hidden.

    "Sorry for all the confusion with Restricted Mode. Some videos have been incorrectly labeled and that's not right. We're on it! More to come," YouTube said on Twitter Monday afternoon.

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  • MPs grilled Justine Greening, the education secretary, plus her ministerial team, in the House of Commons this afternoon.

    Funding and grammar schools dominated the agenda, with a few other interesting issues coming out in their answers. Here’s what we learned…

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