It is always worth asking the young people!

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“Make sure that the pictures are photos that your grandma would approve of!” A group of students that are currently undergoing training to become ‘digital leaders’ were asked to offer some advice about what type of photos should and should not go on an Instagram account that has just been set up. It demonstrates some … Read more

I want a Facebook / Snapchat / Instagram account, please

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First there is a conversation/demand about wanting a smartphone and then comes the next maybe even more difficult discussion – I want a Facebook/Snapchat/Instagram account, please. The minimum age for most social media platforms is 13 years old. The use of 13 years old was put in place not to limit children’s exposure to inappropriate … Read more

How should we deal with mobile phones in school?

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We could completely ban them – like French schools are doing from September. There is an interesting article here about how that should work (in theory). “The use of a mobile telephone by a pupil is forbidden in elementary schools (écoles maternelles), primary schools and secondary schools (colleges) with the exception of certain places or … Read more

‘5 pieces of advice’ for parenting young people and their digital devices

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At the request of the Campus des Nations Parent-Teacher Association at a recent meeting, I am sharing ‘5 pieces of advice’ for parenting young people and their digital devices. I have tried to keep the advice general as the names of apps/games/devices change so regularly. Engagement, openness, discussion and understanding are the key to having … Read more

Should under 16s be using WhatsApp?

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You may have seen this ‘Updated Terms Of Service And Privacy Policy’ pop up recently when you have been using WhatsApp. All WhatsApp users in ‘the European Region’ will be seeing it and the key thing to note is the change in minimum age. WhatsApp has changed the rules – if you live in the … Read more