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Together for a better internet

Together for a better internet. Safer Internet Day on 9th February 2021 was embraced by schools all over the country as home learning, mostly online, continued.  There were none of the normal drop down days or school visits from the Digital Life Skills Company.  But we were able to deliver our online webinar 'Is that [...]

By |March 15th, 2021|

Is that a fact? New webinar for parents (and anyone else…)

Help your kids tell fact from fiction online. We've launched a new webinar for parents (grandparents, carers, aunts and uncles etc.) to help children spot misinformation in their newsfeeds, searches and social media. The pandemic has shown us how vitally important it is to know a trusted source and recognise 'clickbait'. Youngsters are often seen [...]

By |November 27th, 2020|

Help us transform how we educate the Google generation

Do your pupils know how to discern fact from fiction? Google answers 11 million questions from UK schoolchildren every day1. More than half completely trust or 'don’t consider' the reliability of the information2. KS3 teachers and senior school leaders are invited to a FREE 2-hour online workshop to help develop classroom resources and learn simple [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|

‘Digital Thinking’ a hit with students and staff

In the summer term The Digital Life Skills Company ran 10 'Digital Thinking Skills' workshops in primary and secondary schools across the region, supported by an RSA Catalyst grant. Feedback from schools in Manchester, Stockport, Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent showed online skills had improved after just one session. There was a high level of appreciation and [...]

By |September 23rd, 2019|

Is your class ad-savvy? 7 ideas for teachers

Childhood has become increasingly commercialised as young people spend more time online, inside and outside school. The average person is estimated to see a whopping 5,000 adverts every day. These activities will help your students develop a healthy scepticism towards the marketing content that permeates their online world. Invite your class to share examples of [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|

Online advertising: Why we need to educate young people

Games, videos, news stories, social media posts and memes. Online advertisers often disguise their marketing messages as entertainment or information. You may know the difference, but do children? Online advertisers are using increasingly sophisticated marketing techniques, making it harder for young people to recognise when they are being sold to. The Advertising Standards Authority currently [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|

Teach your child to spot hidden advertising online

Advertising online is often disguised, making it tricky for young people to recognise when they are being sold to. Promotions often appear in the form of a game, quiz, competition, video, social media post or news story.  Here are the tell-tale signs to help you and your kids detect adverts online. 1. Ad labels which [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|

Be ad-aware! 11 chats to have with your child

Our children are “the most marketed to generation in history”, but they can develop a critical eye for commercial content. Here's how: Talk about the adverts they have spotted online. Find out which adverts your child has seen online. Which do they like? Which don’t they like, and why? Point out the various places that [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|

The Big Sister Guide: Getting it Right on Social Media

OK, I’ll come clean. I’m pretty obsessed with social media. The gram. The tweets. It’s great. It’s addictive. And, can you blame me? When I was little, iPhones weren’t even a thing. The arrival of the internet was like a time travelling expedition and me and my friends were the first out of the space [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|
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