Happy Half Term everyone. I hope you have a well deserved break.

Here’s a round up of things that have popped up this week:

1. Below is an infographic report from the Children’s Commissioner about young people and pornography. There are some interesting statistics in it and it shows that children in KS2 are likely to experience or hear about porn. This has implications for us in the classroom and we need to be prepared to tackle questions or talk in the yard.

2. Chat GPT – you must have heard about this by now. The name “GPT” stands for “Generative Pretrained Transformer”. The model has been trained on a huge range of text data, allowing it to generate human-like responses to a wide variety of questions and prompts.
This is a link to an interesting article by SWGFL about how content creation can change using this feature.


3. Digital Matters has produced a new resource with ChatGPT and other AI resources in mind. The idea is that they explore the ways they can use artificial intelligence (AI) and other tools to support their school work (instead of doing it for them).
Explore the new lesson here.
4. I don’t often promote buying resources, but I’m making an exception for these SSNAP cards made by Ineqe. The Safer Social Networking Activity Pack (SSNAP) resource facilitates OFFLINE learning about ONLINE risks. They are an educational game built to help safeguarding professionals, parents, carers and young people understand social media platforms and digital threats. I have used them and at £48 they are a good investment I think.


5. Thanks to Adam at Biddick Hall Infants for a heads up on a new game that kids are playing. It’s been thought of as another Poppy’s Playtime, Huggy Wuggy Bear, so will probably be something that will pop up in playground chatter.
On the google play store it is signposted as being suitable for 9+ Garten of Banban is a game by the Euphoric Brothers. It is part of the horror genre of games, and is the Euphoric Brothers’ 8th game. Garten of Banban is set in Banban’s Kindergarten. The Kindergarten was closed due to recent cases of all children attending the Kindergarten going missing. In the game, the Player, who is presumably a mother who, after getting tired that nobody can find her missing child, decides to go into the Kindergarten and find their child and other missing children themselves. But they slowly start to discover the horrifying secrets of the Kindergarten.

6. BBC Microbits – register for your FREE PACK OF 30 if you haven’t already done so.

That’s all for now folks!

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