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Daily memo 3-7 July 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 7 July

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Jumping bugs

Smartphones blamed for rise in head lice as schoolchildren gather around their screens.


Having the last say

A study reveals that argumentative children are more likely to do well in the core three subjects.


Illegal streaming  

New research suggests that sites allowing users to turn YouTube videos into permanent files, a process known as ‘stream-ripping’, is the fastest-growing form of music piracy.


Unfamiliar faces

NSPCC warns that over a third of young people are adding strangers online.

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Lasting effects

Health officials warn that children who watched terror attacks on social media could be at risk of post-traumatic stress.


Thursday 6 July

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Eye Spy

An indepedent school has admitted to routinely checking students' social media acitivity to monitor any negative comments posted.


Winning Worriers 

New research has found that students who experience mild anxiety actually do better academically.


Greening wants YOU!

The Education Secretary Justine Greening wants to develop an 'army of young skilled people.'


'Hey, send me the link'

The newest Snapchat update now lets users link to websites in a single photo or video.


A word of warning

Schools are now issuing safety warnings to students about using Snapchat's Snap Map feature.

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Virtual Insanity?

Just how can virtual reality change your life?



Wednesday 5 July

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Talking tech

A panel of experts from The Guardian debate whether tech really is delivering in schools across the UK & Wales.


Twitter time out

Pop star Ed Sheeran has quit Twitter due to increased abuse from trolls.


Handle with care

A UK reports suggests stalking and harrassment crimes, including those taking place online, are badly handled by the police.


Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies

Kittenfishing, where you lie about your height or weight, is the latest trend taking over dating apps.

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A third of sports fans have admitted they stream matches illegally online.


Tuesday 4 July

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All American

The BBC announces major investment in children’s television after concerns that young people in Britain are being “shaped and defined” by American giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Netflix.


Back to the future

A look inside a futuristic school where computers do the teaching.


A ‘safe space’ for women

 Fashion model, Adwoa Aboah is the founder of an online community for young women to discuss things like mental health, sex and social media.


How much is too much?

Researchers say that limiting children's use of the internet will not protect them against the ills of social media.


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Using internet wisely

A report suggests that moderate use of social media can build resilience and wellbeing in young people.


Monday 3 July 2017

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Time’s up!

Chinese tech giant announces plans to limit time spent on gaming to combat addiction.


Off to a flying start

Facebook’s own drone to provide global internet completes first test flight.


Money matters

Education Secretary demands £1bn to address school funding plight.


Taking responsibility

Should it be the job of the tech giants to regulate the Internet?


A staggered start

Teachers hesitant over enforcing Prevent strategy in schools.


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Penalties for parents

Parents could face £120 fine if child is repeatedly late for school.