‘Life in Likes’ a report from the Children’s Commissioner



‘Life in Likes’ report which was released yesterday (4 Jan) from the Children’s Commissioner provides a fascinating research based window onto the impact social media use is having on the daily life of 8-12 year olds. The report is welcome and interestingly confirms what we at London CLC, many schools and some parents are aware of – that as well as making children happy, inspiring and entertaining them, social media use can often cause stress, worry and be distracting or addictive, significantly affecting wellbeing and self image.


The report warns of a ‘cliff edge’ as children enter secondary school and pressures to be always on and to engage, can eclipse positive impacts. The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield calls for more action to support and prepare children, from government, schools, parents and social media companies. For schools this is about doing more than teaching the bare online safety messages, but looking for ways to develop resilience and a wider digital literacy and understanding of life online.


We’ll be exploring and addressing some of these issues through speakers and workshops in our forthcoming Online Safety conference as well as through our ongoing support packages for schools. Take a look at what’s on offer:


Online Safety Conference sessions


360 Safe

This workshop will introduce the 360 Safe framework as a free tool for auditing all aspects of online safety provision within your school, allowing you to recognise good practice, access useful resources online, and visualise where you would like to be You can develop an action plan to help progress developments. This could eventually lead to applying for the Online Safety Mark.


Engaging and supporting parents:

This workshop will allow schools to hear about and share a range of strategies for engaging and supporting parents and the wider community.


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Fake news

The internet has changed the way we consume news, and for many this has created a baffling landscape of bias and inaccuracies. In this session we will present some helpful resources to allow students to navigate the online world with a more critical eye. We will show that, by creating their own spoof new stories using HTML, children can become aware of how easily we can be deceived if we don’t think twice about the stories we read


Brand new teaching resources

Safer Internet Day teaching resources have just been published for 2018 and together with materials from previous years provide a rich source of activities, videos and ideas that colleagues are not always fully aware of. This workshop will highlight this year’s ready made presentations and lesson plans as well as provide a summary of other useful teaching resources readily accessible for all year groups.


The conference will also consist of keynote talks on digital citizenship, online safety policy updates and host group discussions. Non-SLA schools can book their place here.

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Upcoming CPD

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

- 15:30
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.


The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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