The digital divide between rich and poor kids

By Michelle Polglase on 11/6/18 12:32 PM

There's been much discussion about the socio-economic digital divide. But, it's not what we expect. Originally about access to technology, the new digital divide is actually about limiting access to technology.

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Family Zone Partner School Program Roadshow, coming to a location near you

By Michelle Polglase on 11/2/18 8:19 AM

Let the Family Zone team shout breakfast while you learn about Family Zone’s Partner School Program, which provides schools with access to a powerful ecosystem of technologies that ensure no matter what network a student uses to access the internet, they’re kept as safe as possible while online.

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Child-on-child sexual ­assaults in primary schools on the rise

By Michelle Polglase on 11/1/18 11:36 AM

Disturbing acts of sexualised ­behaviour among young children are becoming more frequent in schools as mobile devices result in children being exposed to pornography, says cyber safety expert Susan McLean.

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The importance of resilience in schools

By Michelle Polglase on 10/29/18 12:43 PM

Conferences provide a great opportunity to connect, learn and be inspired. The recent NZ Principals' Federation conference centred around the theme of creativity, including leveraging technology in productive ways, with an interesting range of speakers and EduTech vendors.

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The impact of technology on childhood

By Michelle Polglase on 10/16/18 9:31 AM

The playground used to be a noisy place in schools. Today, many students are glued to their devices and the playground has gone quiet. 

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Surge in harmful digital communications charges.

By Michelle Polglase on 10/4/18 11:35 AM

Cyberbullying can have a devastating impact on children and teenagers. Social media platforms are most often used, and in the case of Snapchat content can be posted then 'disappear' after going viral through a school community.

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Social media as social currency

By Michelle Polglase on 9/24/18 4:52 PM

There's no getting away from it, social media is social currency for young people, with many of them gaining their sense of 'belonging' through a connection to online communities. While Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular social media platforms among young people, cross-platform game Fortnite offers a new type of online community that we'll be seeing a lot more of.   

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Fortnite - how to deal with this cultural phenomenon

By Michelle Polglase on 9/20/18 2:36 PM

Fortnite's unprecedented success means as much for the future of media as it does for the gaming industry. Fans don't simply play the game; they join a supportive community where their characters can break into dance moves - and people log in to watch others play, as much as to actually play themselves. An estimated 21% of Fortnite players were previously non-gamers.

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Sex education from pornography - what schools need to know.

By Michelle Polglase on 9/13/18 11:35 AM

Are young people getting their sex education from pornography? The Education Review Office thinks so, and wants schools to do more to address this. 

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The social experiment on our digital natives

By Michelle Polglase on 9/7/18 12:14 PM

Dr Amy Fletcher spends one day a week technology free. How hard can that be? I put it to the test last weekend.

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