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Wednesday, 17 September 2014


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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Read all about it! - News stories for young people on Thinkuknow

Did you know that as well as providing clear, age-appropriate information, guidance and support for young people, the Thinkuknow sites for 11-13s and 14+ each have a great 'News' section?

They contain interesting, thought-provoking, topical news articles relating to sex, relationships and the internet, written by CEOP's Education team to appeal to and engage young people. Recent articles include:

·         UK Young People's Views on Porn

It is well-known that young people benefit and learn from real-life stories. Our selection of regularly updated news stories can act as a great resource for practitioners who are looking to engage young people through current affairs. After all, what better way is there to engage young people about the implications of oversharing online than relating it to the real-life story of how a teen lost £50,000 after sharing too much on Facebook or when a 14-year-old was arrested after sending a 'joke' terror threat on Twitter?

We want to make the news section as engaging as possible so if you have any suggestions of potential news stories relevant to an 11-17s audience let us know via education@nca-ceop.gsi.gov.uk or by sending a tweet to @ThinkuknowUK.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Coding at school: a parent's guide to England's new computing curriculum

Getting more kids to code has been a cause célèbre for the technology industry for some time. Teaching programming skills to children is seen as a long-term solution to the “skills gap” between the number of technology jobs and the people qualified to fill them.
From this month, the UK is the guinea pig for the most ambitious attempt yet to get kids coding, with changes to the national curriculum. ICT – Information and Communications Technology – is out, replaced by a new “computing” curriculum including coding lessons for children as young as five.
This has been coming for a while: the new curriculum was published in September 2013 to fanfare within the technology industry. But it seems many parents will be surprised when their children come home from school talking about algorithms, debugging and Boolean logic.
A survey of 1,020 parents of 5-18 year-olds in England commissioned by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, found that 60% were unaware or unsure about the changes to the curriculum. Similar surveys by tech firms O2 and Ocado Technology yielded similar results: 64% and 65% of parents (respectively) who were unaware of the changes.
If you’re one of those parents, here’s a guide to what your children will be studying under the new computing curriculum; why there is more of an emphasis on programming skills; how teachers have been preparing for the changes; and how you can support your children and their schools over the coming months.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Inside the dark web

Twenty-five years after the world wide web was created, it is now caught in the greatest controversy of its existence: surveillance.
With many concerned that governments and corporations can monitor our every move, Horizon meets the hackers and scientists whose technology is fighting back. It is a controversial technology, and some law enforcement officers believe it is leading to 'risk-free crime' on the 'dark web' - a place where almost anything can be bought, from guns and drugs to credit card details.
Featuring interviews with the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and the co-founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, Horizon delves inside the 'dark web'.