Education in the Digital Age

Keeping children safe has to be one of the highest goals for families, society and governments. According to UNESCO “a billion children around the world experience violence in one form or another”. As well as physical risks there are digital risks. Schools have a key role to play in preventing and detecting issues in this…

The shadows of the coronavirus education crisis

One thing coming out of the pandemic is that we are suffering greater austerity as governments struggle to balance the high costs of health services with the cost of maintaining quarantine and policing new laws. A recent OECD article confirmed that while public attention focuses on short-term challenges – health and maintaining employment – “the…

Screens & Quarantine: Digital Parenting in a Pandemic

A recent study (US) by NortonLifeLock, ‘Screens & Quarantine: Digital Parenting in a Pandemic,’ revealed the impact of the pandemic on children’s usage of devices at home. Unsurprisingly the results showed that 69% of parents said that their child’s screen time had increased, 60% saying they had no choice but to allow it, but 57%…

The Social Dilemma

The Netflix film, The Social Dilemma, should be obligatory viewing for every parent. Innocently, perhaps, most of us allow our children to indulge in social media in order to keep contact with friends. The truth behind these networks is far more sinister. Firstly, the sites are addictive, to quote Dr Anna Lembke, at Stanford University…