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Daily memo 21 - 25 August 2017

Welcome to the Parent Zone Daily memo. Here are the stories that have grabbed our attention in education, social care and the digital world...   


Friday 25 August

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Why aren't more girls doing computing? Is it simply they don't have an interest in it or are other factors at play?


Teimlo'n isel

The pass rate for students collecting their GCSE results in Wales yesterday dropped to its lowest since 2006.


Bo(d)y matter

Read this blog entry on why it's important to have a conversation about body image with boys, as well as girls.



Facebook's upcoming video chat device raises fears over spying.

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A meeting of the minds

Read why it's important for government and social media giants to work together to address mental health concerns.

A word of warning 

One father took to social media to warn other parents of the risks children face when using the app


The screen time saga

Should I buy my eight-year-old son a laptop? An interesting question and response that adds fuel to the screen time debate.


No phone zone

Chessington theme park is offering families free entry this weekend…they just have to hand over their mobile phones at the gate.

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Cleaning house

Google has begun its biggest crackdown on extremist content on YouTube.



Thursday 24 August

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Today is GCSE Results Day. Here you can find all the latest updates, news and reactions to the new grading system.


Grade Expectations pt 2

Initial reports suggest that the pass rate for this year's GCSE results has dropped.


Facing the facts

A new piece of research has found that teenagers are less engaged with Facebook than ever before.


Google diagnosis 

People searching terms related to depression in Google will be prompted to answer a short survey to identify if they're struggling with their mental health.


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Child's play...literally

Two toddlers caused havoc during the ITV news midday bulletin and social media loved it.


Wednesday 23 August

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Ahead of tomorrow's GCSE results, schools and parents have been advised not to compare results to last year's cohort as the new grading system will make it near impossible.


Grade Expectations

Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of parents have said the new GCSE grading system has added to their child's stress.



A new charity, poised as the next 'Teach First', is going to train potential teachers in being mental health specialists.


The pain of perfection

Results from a new poll has found young girls suffer under the pressures of online perfection, more so than boys.


Remote control

Beware of criminals using your own mobile phone number to take control of your smartphone. It's not a new practice, but it's on the rise.

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To die for

WATCH: A new chatbot has been developed to help people come to terms with their own death and how to remember loved ones who have already passed away.



Tuesday 22 August

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Girls Allowed?

New research has found that girls doing more vocational GCSE subjects have a lower chance of doing A-Levels at college.

An unfair advantage

It also looks like the new GCSE grading system could favour boys over girls.

140 characters, no less

One Labour MP has called for Twitter to do more in tackling abusive messages and images in a letter asking for change.

That one person

Talks have started to discuss the idea of an internet ombudsman in the UK to deal with all social media abuse complaints.


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Trolls and tribulations 

Read this featured blog asking why Twitter is still failing women.

 Monday 21 August

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Matters of the mind

A new study has found students who are excluded from school are likely to face mental health challenges later in life.

Clearing things up

After last week's A-Level results day, university places offered through clearing are at a 5-year high.

Hate is hate

There have been talks to start treating hate crimes committed online the same as those carried out face-to-face.

Does this compute?

One computing pioneer has said children as young as 2-years-old should be learning how to code.



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Faking it

The increased sophistication of a number of fake news websites has started to seriously concern experts.