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Daily memo 30 October - 3 November

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 3 November


It's just emotion, taking me over...

Why emotional intelligence matters and how it can be taught in schools.


Tick tock...

One MP has said action against sexual attacks in schools is taking too long.


Image: Public domain

'You're there to help them.'

What’s it like being a Childline volunteer?


It all matters

Connecting new dads with their children should be as important as connecting new mums.


Game Over

A now former employee of Twitter took down Trump’s account before he left.


Thursday 2 November


The artificial intelligence frenzy is leading to a brain drain at UK universities.


Where's the evidence?

One school expert claims it's time to start using hard evidence, and not hunches, to fix behaviour in schools.


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The hunt is on

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt calls for social media giants to take on cyberbullying.


Every penny counts!

But Facebook says that despite business booming, tackling cyber abuse will cut into its profits.



One travel blogger has claimed Instagram is sexist because of the pressure put on women to look a certain way.


Wednesday 1 November

Thought control

Bots and rogue advertising are being used to manipulate social media.


Highly unlikely

‘Worries about robots taking over and destroying people come from science fiction,’ says world renowned professor of robot ethics.

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Women's charity Refuge is warning about the rise in the use of technology to spy on or harass a partner.

Categorise this

IPhone’s image recognition tools lead to fears that it is storing nude photos in a special category, but it’s not as creepy as it sounds.

Tackling gambling addiction 

The maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals could drop to as little as £2 under a government review.



Tuesday 31 October

X marks the spot

Apple sacks engineer after iPhone X appears in a video his daughter uploaded ahead of the phone’s official release.


Not so smart

It appears smartphone users among young people is in decline.


Mental matters

Read how school counsellors are managing with the student mental health crisis.



Former Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill sparks a Twitter debate over children in restaurants.



Twitter user and relationships blogger Oloni encouraged her female followers on Twitter to ask out their crushes and screenshot the responses. The results are the things of dreams!


Monday 30 October

Total recall

WhatsApp scraps edit feature for changing sent messages – but there is always the new ‘unsend’ feature.


Sociable media

5 ways to put the social back into social media.

Image: Flickr, Simon Blackley


I’m not listening to you...

A Facebook executive has denied the social network uses a device's microphone to listen to what users are saying and then send them relevant ads.

Not an ‘ideal fit’

Gordon Brown admits he was not ‘ideal PM’ as he did not get Twitter.

Edited out

Deaf ballet dancer’s hearing implant photoshopped out of Virgin Active photo.