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Daily memo 26-30 June 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 30 June 2017

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Changing shape

Smartphones are damaging people’s vision by causing eyeballs to continue growing for longer than they should, according to an ophthalmologist. Read more.


Stars unite against hate

A host of celebrities including British hip hop artist Stormzy and actor Russell Crowe have taken to Twitter to send birthday greetings to a young boy who is being bullied, after a Twitter plea from his father. Read more.


British youth online

Report says that teenagers in Britain are among the world's most extreme internet users, but says that educating teenagers is more effective than limiting online access. Read more.


Wake up sleepy head

Smartphones are ruining teenagers' sleep patterns, but can also fix them according to a sleep expert. Read more.


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If you can’t say something nice…

Instagram has launched a new system that aims to prevent offensive comments being posted on the social media platform. Read more.



Thursday 29 June 2017


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App-y 10th Birthday iPhone

The Apple iPhone turns 10 years old today. But just how much has the smartphone changed how we live? Read more.


Cutting back

School budget cuts are forcing schools to close earlier. Read more.


I predict a riot

A new study found that social media platforms, such as Twitter, are becoming quicker in predicting social unrest compared to the police. Read more.


Safety first

School, flats and hospital cladding under review in the wake of the Grenfell fire. Read more.


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Listen to me! 

Facebook planning to shout at users who scroll past videos on the site. Read more.




Wednesday 28 June 2017

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Taking action on mental health

The government has promised £200,000 to provide every secondary school with a member of staff trained in mental health first aid. Teachers will be trained to deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm. Read more.


An abuse of trust

A 15-year-old boy has bullied girls as young 12 into sending him intimate photos. Girls used the messaging app Snapchat, thinking the photos would disappear after a few seconds. Read more.


Not so smartphone

A study has found that the constant use of a mobile phone is significantly reducing our intelligence and attention spans. Read more.


From school to number 10

A former English teacher has been appointed head of policy at 10 Downing Street by prime minister Theresa May. Read more.


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Let’s all get along

Happy teachers make happy students. Headteacher says that we need to focus on the quality of relationships between teachers at schools to help improve their wellbeing. Read more.



Tuesday 27 June 2017

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Facewitter Tube to the rescue

Social media giants Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have come together in a bid to tackle the rise of online radicalisation and extremism. Read more.


Stepping up to the challenge

A new study has found that teachers who have taught in a number of academies are more likely to take on positions in disadvantaged schools. Read more.


LGBT bullying in schools on the decline

Research carried out by the charity Stonewall has found the number of pupils bullied based on their sexual orientation has reduced by a third. Read more.


Full stream ahead

Facebook has announced plans to start producing its own television shows to rival Amazon Prime and Netflix. Read more.

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Withdrawal symptoms

The much loved cash machine, also known as the 'hole in the wall', celebrates turning 50 years old today. Read more.



Monday 26 June 2017

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The sound of silence

Schools find that chess can help ‘difficult’ kids concentrate. Playing chess encourages kids that are used to the fast-paced world of social media and touchscreens to sit down and concentrate. Read more.


I can see you!

Snapchat’s new map update, Snap Map, shows other users your exact location and has raised safety and privacy concerns among parents. Read more.



Rihanna has been using her popstar status for a good cause by sending a series of tweets urging world leaders to help fund education. Read more.


Putting kids first

Ofsted will monitor schools that seem to be exam factories rather than focusing on offering students a more well-rounded education. Read more.


Tech therapy

The Guardian looks at how tech companies could focus on apps that encourage mental wellbeing and healing instead of just creating ‘addictive’ apps? Read more.

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Should schools remain neutral?

As more children in the UK seek referrals for gender identity clinics, schools are being encouraged to become more inclusive and provide gender neutral toilets, but this has caused some debate. Read more.

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