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Sexting skyrocketing in the UK

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Sexting skyrocketing in the UK

In the UK, the Labour Party has accused the government of neglecting children. The accusations were made in March in the context of a rapidly growing trend of “sexting” among British youngsters. Sending sexually inappropriate texts and/or pictures is “skyrocketing”, but the government is “refusing to protect the smartphone generation”, says Labour. The party has […]

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Oracle predicts girls around the world need more STEM

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Oracle predicts girls around the world need more STEM

In June 2016, Oracle – an American multinational company dealing in a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services and engineered systems – publicly announced that it is dedicating US$200 million to immerse girls worldwide in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). This brings Oracle’s total financial commitment to STEM education to […]

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Be honest: do you humblebrag?

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Be honest: do you humblebrag?

A recent study undertaken at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US, examined a worrying social media trend. The study, entitled “Humblebragging: A Distinct – and Ineffective Self-presentation Strategy”, drew several conclusions: for example, that when children “humblebrag”, they often mimic their parents’ online behaviour, and that the practice can actually damage the […]

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Option for teens to vape vaporised by new law

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Option for teens to vape vaporised by new law

In early May 2016, the US government banned the sale of cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 years. E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that vaporize a fluid, typically including nicotine and a flavour component. Using them is called “vaping”. They were invented to help smokers kick the habit and to eliminate the polluting […]

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Rome resorts to shock treatment

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Rome resorts to shock treatment

When one thinks of technology, there are some forms that are generally regarded as painfully primitive. Electroconvulsive shock therapy (ECT) was used widely in the early 20th century in several countries to treat disorders considered by society to be aberrant. Then the treatment itself fell under scrutiny, with many doctors claiming it caused brain damage. […]

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The end of the full stop?

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
The end of the full stop?

The full stop, known in some countries as the period and deemed to be one of the most universal punctuation marks, dating back to before the Middle Ages, may become redundant as the digital age advances. This is the opinion of David Crystal, the British linguist, academic and author, who has written more than 100 […]

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Sisters still doing it for themselves?

| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Sisters still doing it for themselves?

In the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India, young girls are tackling challenges head-on. They’ve been given laptops by a filmmaker in the region, Nawneet Ranjan. He’s also tutored them in technology. “Girls and women suffer the most in a slum, as they often have no resources and are not aware of their rights,” says Ranjan, […]

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| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

By Lauren Hosie Kingfisher Lake International Children’s College (KLICC) is nestled in coastal rural Mozambique, between Inhambane City and Tofo Beach Offering preschool and primary school, KLICC aims to “instil conscious living through quality education”, inspiring its learners to engage with the natural environment and become ambassadors for the earth. The school utilises the British […]

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Being a Polar Bear

| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Being a Polar Bear

By Kean Broom There is a lot you don’t know when arriving at a new school, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that I was tricked into running the Polar Bear Club. And, actually, being a polar bear is a lot like being a teacher, I soon discovered. Treverton College in KwaZulu-Natal has long […]

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Fiji not fabulous

| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Fiji not fabulous

Trips to foreign destinations are exciting opportunities for students to learn about a range of topics, from ecology to culture. For those in charge, however, such excursions are often not for the faint-hearted. A trip to Fiji for Grade 10 students at St Catherine’s School, a private girls’ school in Toorak, Melbourne, Australia, in late […]

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Too many already in Turkey?

| August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Too many already in Turkey?

There are approximately 7.4 billion people on earth. Says Will Steffen, an emeritus professor with the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, our calamitous abuse of our planet’s resources makes it unlikely that it could really sustain a population of 11 billion in the future. We should stabilise the global […]

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