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Ofcom annual report (Children's media and online lives)
This report can be quite useful for schools to get an insight into what is going on nationally over the age range 5-15; it comes out every February and it's worth having a browse through some of the statistics and then applying those into your own setting to see if you are similar, if there are differences etc. Personally I find some of their figures very low (i.e. mobile phone ownership with year groups and use of social media amongst children and young people), which is why I mentioned to have a read and apply the statistics to your own setting.
The report also considers any new trends, e.g. this year Ofcom have highlighted the 'Greta effect' whereby more young people are using social media to express support for causes and organisations.
You can view/download the Ofcom report HERE
Platforms are getting better at detecting CSA
In 2019 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC - USA) had more than 41 million videos of CSA reported to them. Five years ago it was less than 350,000. As tech platforms get better at detecting content, more are being reported. The amount is alarming but equally great news that they are being detected, although what we have to remember is that the figures will be skewed as many will be copies and copies of copies. Facebook, which is the largest online platform, reported the most at 60 million photos and videos. Worryingly, as Facebook is moving to encrypt all its online services, this means that there will be a zero detection rate.
Click HERE to read a short article.
Updated Programme of Study for PSHE (key stages 1-5)
The PSHE Association of updated their programme of study for PSHE ready for the statutory elements of RE/SRE and Health coming in September 2020. You can read more HERE
Resources and Lesson Plans for Online Hate Speech
You may be aware of Katie Hopkins. A couple of weeks ago she was tricked into attending a fake awards ceremony and the video of the event went viral. To say that what she was saying was vile would be an understatement. You can view the video on YouTube HERE but BE WARNED, it contains extreme language and visuals, I do not advise watching it in school. The use of hate language is on the increase and it's really concerning.
SELMA is a series of over 100 free customisable resources for children and young people to tackle online hate. See HERE for further information.
Is it time to teach safe sexting?
A controversial question and a difficult one to answer. The last thing any of us want is for any child or young person to take and share these illegal images and videos, but the fact is that it is happening. Talking to them in the language of "don't do it" will have little effect on the few who choose to carry out this activity, so isn't it time for open debate?
You can read an article to give you some food for thought HERE, I would be interested in your thoughts.
To talk about smartphones affecting the brain is a slippery slope
Wellbeing is a big issue, and it's getting bigger. To be able to teach our students and to be able to engage with our parents with the right information is even more difficult. The media would have you believe that all social media is bad and screentime is a huge issue, but what do we actually know for certain? The answer is very little. Amy Orben is a go-to person for clear, pragmatic information and recently did an interview for the Guardian news.
See the article in the Guardian HERE
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