Read ‘n’ weep: child literacy on decline as children fail to identify Aslan and Dorothy Gale

Sainsbury’s research reveals that child literacy is on the decline in the UK, with children unable to identify once popular fictional characters. Just 22% of children know the Chronicle of Narnia’s Aslan, 10% The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale and 3% Charlotte Web’s Charlotte.  Instead, children are finding inspiration online, with 30% able to identify Jojo Siwa, an American YouTubber and dancer, 24% recognising Surprise Toys, a YouTube channel dedicated to watching people unwrap toys, and 18% identifying YouTuber Zoella. The news comes as research from Sainsbury’s reveals that just…

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UN Women rallies partners to take a stand against sexual violence on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, multiple events worldwide, such as marches, art competitions, cycling rallies and marathons will be organized as part of the UN System-wide activities for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, to urge actions to end this scourge that impacts one in three women worldwide. At the UN, the annual 16 Days campaign, which mobilizes governments and public alike, is commemorated under the umbrella of the Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women. The…

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Major Environmental Groups Call On Businesses To Lead On Climate Policy

Eleven leading environmental and sustainable business organizations published an open letter in the New York Times today, urging the CEOs of Corporate America to step up their engagement on climate policy. Signatories include the heads of BSR, C2ES, CDP, Ceres, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, The Climate Group, The Nature Conservancy, the Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund. In the letter, the organizations call on businesses to adopt a science-based climate policy agenda that is aligned with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate…

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Trolls Exploit Weaknesses Of Social Media Platforms To Spread Online Hate, New ADL Report Finds

Social media platform design enables online harassment, as trolls often carry out coordinated attacks on a target by leveraging key platform features, according to a new report released today by ADL (the Anti-Defamation League). Such features include the ability to be anonymous online, to create multiple accounts by one person, the fact that there is no limit to the number of messages one user can send to another, and the use of personal networks as weaponized audiences. Trolls do not, however, exclusively exploit the design of platforms to cause harm,…

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UNESCO Article: How Do Journalists Make Ethical Choices?

Given the nature of this site I felt this was an interesting article posted by UNESCO below, if you are interested check out the UNESCO site there’s lots of interesting stuff there, article (c) UNESCO: How do journalists deal with unverified sources with information on a possible big story? Can journalists receive non-cash gifts or paid trips to cover an event? What are the new ethical challenges in the digital age especially with the spread of disinformation on social media? These are some of the ethical questions faced by journalist…

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