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Daily Memo 18-21 April

Welcome to our daily news round up for Friday 21 April 2017.


YouTube to offer fake news workshops to teenagers

UK wide campaign also aims to raise awareness of issues around free speech, comment moderation and online abuse.


Phonics boosts reading accuracy, study finds

Learning to read by sounding out words is more effective than focusing on whole-word meanings, according to researchers from the Royal Holloway, University of London.


Boy on work experience creates code to save heart attack victims

A-level student suggests that surgeons could leave a coded “message” inside a patient’s chest to inform future cardiologists of their medical history.


Teenage hackers motivated by idealism and impressing their mates rather than money

National Crime Agency study finds that those interviewed, who had an average age of 17, were unlikely to be involved in theft, fraud or harassment.


How the Digital Economy Bill could be the beginning of a major attack on the public's privacy

Obscenity lawyer and activist Myles Jackman on what the government's crackdown on online pornography actually means.


Thursday 20 April 2017



British teens: highly motivated but highly anxious

Despite being committed to doing well in school, young people in Britain are more anxious and least satisfied with life than their worldwide peers.


School funding at the forefront of PMQs 

The plight of school funding was discussed at the first Prime Minister Questions since the latest election announcement.


Twitter helps reignite passion for teaching

A teachers outlines the positive impact Twitter has had on his career.


Instagram promotions: not so subtle

Instagram orders certain US celebs and influencers to make obvious they're promoting something for money.


29 Tweets all Brits can relate to

Twitter helps unite Brits against the backdrop of political chaos. Warning: does contain some rude words and images.



Wednesday 19 April 2017


How will the General Election affect education?

School funding, Grammar Schools and Brexit: TES lists what the General Election will mean for education.


I'm H.A.P.P.Y.

Most UK teens are happy with their lives, a new global report finds.


For young people planning on taking their driving test in the next year there are changes a foot

Activating the heated rear window screen and using a Sat Nav while driving are some of the new tasks ahead for those planning on taking their driving test from December.



Low dinner money balance? Some schools are calling in the debt collectors

Some schools are passing parental arrears onto debt collecting agencies according to this Telegraph article.


Will Facebook's new camera lead to fake pictures?

As Facebook unveils its new in-app camera, BuzzFeed raises concerns about how the technology may be manipulated to provide fake photos to go with fake news.



Tuesday 18 April 2017



Prince William talks mental health with Lady Gaga on Facetime

Following his brother Harry's candid podcast in which he talks about the impact that the death of his mother has had on his young life, Prince William talks about the stigma attached to mental health with pop star Lady Gaga.

In case you missed it on Sunday - Prince Harry's podcast interview.


Parent Power: Meet the Haringey childminder who has emerged as one of the key figures in the fight for school funding 

Jo Yurky, mother,  Haringey Childminder and former Parlimentary Ombudsman took centre stage at the NUT's conference in Cardiff this weekend to warn about the scale of school funding problems.


Facebook forced to examine its moderation policies following Cleveland shooting 

The Cleveland shooting, which went live on Facebook on Easter Sunday, has forced the tech giant to assess its abilities to remove content.


Fake news sites the latest method of spreading hoax stories 

A series of new fake local news sties with credible local newspaper sounding names are the latest purveyors of supplying fake news. They tend to publish sensationalist stories that go viral but are not then fact checked by bigger news organisations that later pick them up.