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Wake Up Wednesday: Email Scams

On any social media platform, you’ll often come across links to genuine-looking websites. They might include an exclusive offer for one of your favourite shops or invite you to complete a quiz in return for a particular reward. In some cases, clicking on these links Continue reading …

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Wake Up Wednesday: Rocket League

Rocket League is a free-to-play multiplayer vehicle football game. It was developed by Psyonix, now part of the Epic Games family (which also includes Fortnite and Gears of War). Rocket League is essentially a football game where, instead of running, the players drive rocket-powered cars. Continue reading …

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Wake Up Wednesday: Back to School

New term, a free online safety guide on going back to school. Wow, it’s September already! The month when autumn officially starts and … oh yeah. The beginning of a new school year. Every cloud has a silver lining though! Another term means new friends Continue reading …

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Wake Up Wednesday: Hoop

Hoop is a social networking app that syncs with Snapchat to help users build their community of friends. It works along similar principles to Tinder: swiping left or right will reject or accept potential contacts, making new connections in the process. When two users accept Continue reading …

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Wake Up Wednesday: Echo Chambers

The internet is a vast space, home to all manner of differing viewpoints. However, website owners have realised that people tend to enjoy the online company of others who think and sound like them. It’s in the website providers’ interests, then, to create echo chambers: Continue reading …

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Wake Up Wednesday: Summer

The summer holidays are full of opportunities. It’s uplifting for children and young people to be freed from the restrictions of their normal weekly timetable – and with the whole holiday to enjoy, there’s lots of time to fill. Of course, the challenge for parents Continue reading …

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Wake Up Wednesday: Deep Fakes

A deepfake is an extremely convincing piece of media that is created using artificial intelligence (AI), based on pictures and recordings of the subject. The name comes from the deep learning approach to AI needed to generate them and the fact that they’re used to Continue reading …

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Wake Up Wednesday: Valorant

Valorant is one of the hottest first-person shooters on the market. Developed by Riot Games (makers of the hugely popular League of Legends) its gameplay is similar to titles like Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Players choose a character and face off in teams of Continue reading …

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Wake Up Wednesday: Online Fair Play

Alongside individual skill, impressive teamwork and some truly epic matches, one of the most enjoyable things about this summer’s European football championships has been the sense of sportsmanship and fair play. Players have competed fiercely, but they’ve (mostly) remembered that they’re representing their country – Continue reading …

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Wake Up Wednesday: TikTok

TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on iOS and Android which lets users create, share, and view user created videos in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Its main draw, however, is that users can record and upload bite-sized looping videos Continue reading …