You are here

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

Image: Public Domain


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


Teimlo'n isel

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


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. Read more.



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

Image: Public Domain

A meeting of the minds

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

A word of warning 

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

If you have any concerns about the app, we have a parent guide that explains everything for you.


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. Read more.


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. Read more.

Image: Public Domain

Cleaning house

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



Thursday 24 August

Image: Public Domain


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


Grade Expectations pt 2

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


Facing the facts

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


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. Read more.

If you are concerned your child may be depressed, please read our article on what to do.


Image: Public Domain

Child's play...literally

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


Wednesday 23 August

Image: Public Domain

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. Read more.


Grade Expectations

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

While you're here, read our guide explaining the new GCSE grading system.



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


The pain of perfection

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


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. Read more.

 Image: Public Domain

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. Read more.



Tuesday 22 August

Image: Maryland

Girls Allowed?

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

An unfair advantage

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

While you're here, read our guide explaining the new GCSE grading system.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.


 Image: Public Domain

Trolls and tribulations 

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

 Monday 21 August

Image: Public Domain

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. Read more.

Clearing things up

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

Hate is hate

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

Does this compute?

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



Image: Public Domain

Faking it

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