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Daily memo 2 October - 6 October 2017

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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 6 October

‘Our minds can be hijacked’

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so ‘addictive’ are disconnecting themselves from the internet.

Thoughts following World Teachers’ Day

‘We need to remember that bullied and demoralised students do not do well. Neither do teachers.’


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Reports of iPhone 8 Plus batteries bursting out of the phones and pushing the screens out.

Babysitting bots

Mattel rethinks plans to launch an AI babysitter.

Sleaze? say cheese!

The woman who takes selfies of men who harass her in the street.


Thursday 5 October


A step back in time

Pupils are reportedly turning to old brick phones in a backlash against constant access to social media.



According to recent research, parents today want more information from their children’s teachers and schools, but they also want that information to be timely and personal.


Becoming the norm

Are children turning to pornography to educate themselves about sex?



Robot teaching assistants and virtual reality learning are part of the future of education worldwide, headteachers have been told.

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Sharing isn’t always caring

 Blog post -  Online safety, a lesson all students need to learn.


Enough is enough

Are there signs of growing social media backlash among young people?




Wednesday 4 October


Do more

Home secretary Amber Rudd has urged WhatsApp to do more to prevent unsavoury groups from using the messaging app.


Tech trip up

Tech giants have had to apologise for giving out the wrong information about the Las Vegas gunman.


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11 useful features on Twitter that you might not know about.



France has brought in a new law that will force advertisers to admit if a photo of a model has been digitally altered.


So Fetch

The cast of Mean Girls used 'Mean Girls Day' & social media to urge fans to donate to relief efforts in Vegas.


Tuesday 3 October

Social media for good

How the internet made a terrible day better. More on how social media can help in emergencies.

Open sesame

Advice for parents on what to look out for when visiting a school open day. Possibly that the school has Parent Zone Digital Schools membership?

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Singing a different tune

How music, not maths, is the key to improving school results.

Thinking out of the brain box

‘Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn.'

A work in progress

It’s dyslexia awareness week - and more needs to be done to help pupils.

Monday 2 October


Young people and online citizenship

Research finds a 'shocking' number of youngsters have bullied peers or trolled celebrities online.

Someone you know

According to statistics, at any one time, a sixth of the population in England aged 16 to 64 have a mental health problem.


Making a stand

Opinion: Why onlookers hold the key to standing up to bullies.


All by myself

An entire primary school reportedly stayed open to teach the one student it has left.


Words of wisdom

Teachers share 18 things that parents should do in order to set their kids up for success.