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Welsh children ‘more likely to try e-cigs than tobacco’

BBC – Staff Writer

“Children are nearly twice as likely to try e-cigarettes rather than tobacco, Cardiff University research has said. A paper published in the BMJ Open questioned 32,479 11-16 year olds in Wales. While 18.5% said they had tried e-cigarettes, only 10.5% said they had smoked tobacco. One Swansea e-cigarettes firm said it operated a “challenge” policy to people who looked under 25 to ensure products were not sold to young people.”(more)

Secret Teacher: giving students wifi has made lessons chaotic

The Guardian – Secret Teacher

“Our school recently started providing in-school wifi access to pupils. Teaching staff were not privy to the logic – but when the leadership team announced the news in assembly, they were cheered to the rafters by grateful children. The schools grounds have poor phone signal, so logging on through 4G had not been an option, and the internet had only been available through school computers until this point.”(more)

Andy McNab says joyless education is damaging poor children’s literacy

The Guardian – Danuta Kean

“The Bravo Two Zero author, a reading ambassador for the literacy charity the Reading Agency, said children in failing schools were hit by a double whammy because teachers had no time to encourage the enjoyment of reading because their time was taken up “box-ticking” for Ofsted inspections and dealing with students’ basic needs. “The whole educational system is so clogged now that there is no time for teachers to encourage kids, and the enjoyment of reading is lost,” he said.”(more)

The most crucial language isn’t taught to kids, that’s a problem for Britain’s future

The Memo – Oliver Smith

“Learning a foreign language is a crucial part of childhood. Not only is a language a great life skill, it also encourages kids to understand and accept difference in the world around them – even if Friday last period French lessons aren’t exactly riveting. Languages are also the bedrock of our business and trade, filtering up through industries and deepening our links with other cultures. But learning French, German or Spanish – the most popular languages taught in Britain’s secondary schools today – isn’t the future, and parents already know this. The majority of parents pick Mandarin Chinese as the most vital non-European language for young people in the UK to learn – according to a survey yesterday from the British Council – maybe not surprising as Mandarin is the most widely spoken language on earth.”(more)

Online safety: Internet ‘not designed for children’

BBC – Staff Writer

“Youngsters are not prepared for what they are signing up to on the internet, and are frequently giving personal information away, according to the Children’s Commissioner for England. Anne Longfield said children did not know how their data was being used due to “impenetrable” terms and conditions. She said the internet was not designed for children even though they are now the biggest users. She has called for a digital ombudsman to be created to uphold their rights.”(more)

Experts call for official guidelines on child screen use

The Guardian – Sally Weale

“A group of leading authors, educationalists and child-development experts is calling on the government to introduce national guidelines on the use of screens, amid concern about the impact on children’s physical and mental health. It is one of a series of measures outlined in a letter to the Guardian, highlighting what it describes as the increasingly “toxic” nature of childhood, and signed by 40 senior figures, including the author Philip Pullman, the former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the psychotherapist Susie Orbach and the childcare expert Penelope Leach.”(more)