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Young people and screen time
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The Commons' Science and Technology Committee is currently conducting an inquiry on the impact of social media and screen use on young people's health – and oral evidence was published on 13th November 2018.

It's a subject of much interest at the moment as there is, a) a reported increase in mental health issues amongst young people, and b) the impact of increased 24/7 access to the internet via smartphones, which can't be ignored. Both of these things have ....Read more

Gaming, gambling and loot boxes: how young people are affected
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This month, the Gambling Commission has released an updated report on children and gambling trends, which makes for interesting, if dismaying, reading.

The Commission took a survey of 2,865 11-16 year olds across the UK while they were in school. The aim was to discover how common gambling is amongst this age group and to explore their behaviours around it and attitudes to it.

Unsurprisingly, the results revealed ....Read more

Universal Children's Day
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Today is Universal Children's Day. Established by the United Nations in 1954, the day is celebrated across the world on 20th November every year to highlight children's rights and raise awareness of the need to work together to improve their welfare. The day is also significant as it is the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly in 1959.

One of the rights that children are entitled to (and one that we fully support at NetSupport) is the right to education. On a global scale, not only does education play ....Read more

Choosing respect this Anti-Bullying Week
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This week is Anti-Bullying Week. All across the UK, schools are holding discussions with students about the choices we make in our behaviour when interacting with others we come into contact with every day, both in school and out of it.

Anti-Bullying Week is run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance; a group of like-minded organisations that work tirelessly to stamp out the scourge of bullying in our schools, homes and ....Read more

Creativity – a journey through time and tech
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These days, creativity is a highly prized attribute. In a world that is moving fast through new stages of technology, it seems that all universities want creative thinking students and every business wants creative thinking staff on its pay roll. But where does creativity come from and how do we develop and support it?

Unicorns and dinosaurs

Some of the most natural creative thinkers on the planet are ....Read more

It's Digital Citizenship Week!
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Across the USA, this week is Digital Citizenship week; a time for schools to really focus on how they are helping their students to develop good digital habits that will set them up for the future.

Positive digital interactions and responsible online behavior are the cornerstones of good digital citizenship, helping to protect students from harm and encouraging them to act towards others in the manner that they would like and expect others ....Read more

Improving parental engagement on online safety
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Guest author: Henry Platten, eCadets and GoBubble

Let’s set some context to online safety and how it continues to evolve within education. 

Schools are doing great work in the classroom and for the whole community on making the internet a safer place for children and giving them digital skills for life. However, children don't stop using the internet outside of school hours, and, without the ....Read more

National bullying prevention month
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During October, there are initiatives going on all across the USA to highlight National Bullying Prevention Month and promote kindness to others.

Bullying in all its forms goes on in the vast majority of schools across the country. Federal statistics for 2017 stated that almost one in four students in grades 9-12* reported that they were bullied on their school's grounds during the previous 12 months. In addition, these days, there's also cyberbullying to think about and, during the same year, an estimated 14.9 per cent of high school....Read more

Helping schools communicate in emergencies
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Emergencies can crop up at any time – and schools need to have procedures in place to look after their staff and students in the best possible way when a dangerous situation occurs.

Good communication is at the heart of any safety procedure and is vital to keep everyone informed – as well as minimise panic. More and more schools are incorporating our alerting and messaging solution, NetSupport Notify, into their emergency plans to give them an additional way to get messages out right across the school in super quick time.

Its messages are one-way and, when ....Read more

Teen suicide in the USA
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Author: Marcus Kingsley, CEO of NetSupport Inc

Every minute of every day, there are more than two suicide attempts from children in grades 9-12. That’s more than 3000 attempts, every day from that age group alone.

Think about that for a moment. And while you have, there most likely has been another attempt.

Looking more broadly throughout the nation and ....Read more

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