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Parents urged to set boundaries around children’s use of the internet

The Guardian – Sally Weale

“The culture secretary has said it is up to parents to set boundaries around their children’s use of the internet and has condemned unlimited and unsupervised access to smartphones. Matt Hancock, whose brief includes digital issues, agreed parenting in the digital era was difficult but he said it was not impossible and he urged parents to set boundaries around new technology in the same way they have always set boundaries for their children.” (more)

Girls more likely to be bullied than boys, English schools survey finds

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“Girls are much more likely than boys to be bullied at school, with almost twice as many on the receiving end of cyberbullying and social exclusion by other pupils, according to a government study. The figures from a survey of 10,000 pupils at schools in England in year 11 – children aged 15 or 16 – revealed a decline in reports of bullying overall and particularly in incidents of violent bullying, which mainly affects boys.” (more)

Fake news harms children’s self-esteem and trust, say MPs

BBC – Judith Burns

“A few weeks ago, Chloe, 13, shared a hoax story about the alleged death of a favourite actor, Sylvester Stallone. “I thought it was real and shared it with family members. A lot of people were quite upset,” she says. When the truth emerged that Sylvester Stallone was alive and well, Chloe says she felt stupid. “I should have looked into it a bit more before posting,” she adds. Chloe is not alone, according to a report from a group of MPs which says that falling for fake news can harm children’s “wellbeing, trust in journalism and democracy itself”. The all-party parliamentary group on literacy heard evidence that fake news could make children more anxious, damage their self-esteem and skew their world view.” (more)

Modern students ‘prefer work to drugs’

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“Students are more likely to want universities to take a tougher line against drugs on campus, rather than a more liberal response, say researchers. The study – from the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) and the University of Buckingham – found 71% of students had not taken illegal drugs. But almost 40% thought their university had a “problem” with drug use. Hepi’s director, Nick Hillman, said students were “more hardworking and less hedonistic” than was realised.” (more)

Can you solve it? World Cup arithmetic

The Guardian – Alex Bellos

“The World Cup is almost upon us, so here’s a puzzle to get you in the mood. England, Tunisia, Belgium and Panama make up Group G. Imagine that once they have all played each other the table looks like this.” (more)

How to build empathy in the classroom, one story at a time

The Guardian – Jon Biddle

“With the pressure on teachers and schools to prepare students for exams, or – as in my case – getting them ready to move from primary to secondary school, it’s easy to lose sight of the values pupils learn in our company. I was reminded of this recently, after a project about refugees prompted one to tell me: “I used to think that refugees were different from us. Now I don’t.” Another said, “This was probably some of my favourite work that we’ve ever done. We’re learning about the real world and how we’re all part of it. Like, everyone, not just us and the people we know.” That work was part of a pilot project my school, Moorlands primary academy in Norfolk, was trialling for EmpathyLab.” (more)