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  • Writer's pictureTyron Wain

Quest Monday News Issue 25: 17th January 2022

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts” - Winston Churchill

Word Wall Activity:

Legislation matching exercise

This week's Word Wall Activity related to legislation! Find those vital pieces of legislation, and comment below the answers you find!

NSPCC warns of Zoom security risks

The NSPCC is warning of serious safeguarding risks as a result of a growing trend in Zoom calls being ‘bombed’ with child sexual abuse images.

What parents and carers need to know about Replika - #WakeUpWednesday

Unlike some AIs, Replika can’t answer trivia questions. It can’t order a takeaway. It can’t control your domestic appliances. What it can do is chat – about anything from your favourite book to how your day was. The software learns to imitate its user, aiming to produce more rewarding interaction. The more a person talks to their Replika, the more it sounds – and thinks – like them.

Straight away, there’s an obvious potential issue. An advanced chatbot, constantly reflecting someone’s own thoughts back at them, could create a personal echo chamber where even extreme or distasteful opinions become normalised. As our #WakeUpWednesday guide this week discovers, that’s not the only possible threat posed by the AI companion app Replika.

The Killer Nanny: Did She Do It?

Series re-examining the evidence from British au pair Louise Woodward's murder trial 25 years ago. Includes interviews with witnesses, defence, prosecution and jury.

Child poverty rises linked to 10,000 more children going into care over five years, finds research

Study highlights feedback loop of regional inequality, with poor areas seeing steepest rises in social work interventions, fuelling long-term disadvantage.

Sepsis - Resources for schools (UK Sepsis Trust)

Approximately 25,000 children are affected by sepsis in the UK each year. To raise awareness, the UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) has developed a bank of PSHE resources for schools so that staff and children better understand the dangers of the condition.

The things I wish my parents had known…about online sexual harassment (Children's Commissioner)

The Children's Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza DBE, has recently published a guidance document for parents helping to support them to understand online sexual harassment. It is a sensitive topic, and not one all parents feel comfortable discussing with their children.

The commissioner's team brought together a group of 16 - 21 year olds and asked them talk about what they think parents should know, and what they should say to their children when talking about sexualised bullying and the pressures of growing up online.

Key advice from the young adults in the focus groups included:

  • Start conversations early, before your child gets a phone or social media account. Keep the conversation going over time, adapting to your child.

  • Young people want their parents to learn about new technology and trends, including risky behaviours and dangerous spaces online.

  • Create a safe and trusting home environment. Young people told us the home environment is key, they want to share things with their parents but don’t always feel able.

Energy Saving Week January 17, 2022 - January 23, 2022

Energy Saving Week is a national campaign with the aim to help and encourage people to save energy while cutting down on fuel costs at the same time.

The event was created in partnership with Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Many other organisations and charities often support the campaign, too.

Ofsted: the latest news and insight on children’s social care performance plus ratings for every council




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