Topic: Technology

Momo - Myth or Menace?

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A hoax? Fake news? Urban legend? How did social media, worried parents, playground gossip, the police and even Kim Kardashian help this disturbing online myth snowball out of all proportion?

Topics: Parenting, Teens, High School, Internet, Primary School, Safety, Technology, Social Media, Bullying

The Rise of Project Based Learning (PBL)

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Ask most parents about their experience of school and the stories are often quite similar: Their teacher would talk and write on the board; students would listen and take down notes. You’d do exercises from a textbook, take tests, get grades… rinse and repeat.

Topics: High School, Internet, Primary School, Technology, Project Based Learning

Fortnite and Fanaticism

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Working with kids in schools these past weeks, and indeed having five children of my own, has alerted me to the seemingly unprecedented obsession with the new online game Fortnite. Not since Pokémon Go has something seemed to take the world by storm, leaving parents wondering when it will ever stop.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Internet, Primary School, Technology

How I Got Sucked Into My Kids' Gaming World

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Like many parents, I struggle with kids and screen time, most notably with computer games. I set time limits on play, check games are age-appropriate, ban devices from the bedroom and offer all sorts of alternative play and activities … but still get disheartened that my two boys would rather race virtual cars and navigate imaginary worlds than kick a football around or build Lego.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Internet, Primary School, Technology

How Plugged-In Families Can Have a Device-Free(ish) Holiday

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What's topping your kids' holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access, and games. With a little planning -- and kids' assistance -- you can balance your family's tech activities with much-needed face time. Here's how:

Topics: Parenting, School Holidays, Technology, Social Media

Discerning the Truth in a Digital Age

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Each year, Oxford Dictionaries chooses a Word of the Year. For 2016, the 'Word of the Year was 'post-truth'.

'Post-truth' is the idea that it is easier to influence public opinion with messages that appeal to emotions, belief and prejudices than it is using facts. It is an idea that has been around for awhile, but was brought to a head in 2016 during the Brexit vote in the UK and the Presidential election in the USA.

Topics: Internet, Technology, Social Media

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