KNOWLEDGE

KNOWLEDGE

When youngsters share explicit images, they do so as a way of finding out whether their partner is capable of keeping a secret, according to researchers at the University of Essex. A new study, presented at the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science, examines the reasons why teenagers ‘sext’ one another. Read more

More than a third of children feel their teachers do not talk enough about what to do if they are bullied at school, a new poll suggests. And yet almost two-thirds of children have come across someone being bullied because they were different, according to the survey. The poll found that over half worry about being seen as ‘different’ from others and two-fifths would hide aspects of themselves for fear of being bullied. Read more

Schools and other education institutions referred more than 2,500 cases to the government under the anti-extremism Prevent duty, official statistics reveal. Home Office data shows the education sector was responsible for the highest number of referrals under Prevent in 2015-16, ahead of the police and local authorities. Read more

Tip-toeing around a subject, doing one’s best to avoid causing offence, and taking a little longer than necessary to get to the point are all quintessentially British conversational habits. But these are now becoming relics of the past, according to a major piece of research which identifies the ‘drastic erosion’ of certain English words such as  ‘quite’, ‘rather’ and ‘fairly’. Read more