Should children ban their parents from social media?

Parents from Shanghai to Chicago are proudly putting pictures of their children on social media. It might be taken for granted – but no previous generation of children will have had the experience of having their entire childhoods intensively and publicly documented in this way. In the UK, the average parent with a social media account has posted 1,498 photos of their child online by their fifth birthday, according to a survey by domain name company, Nominet. This might be a global phenomenon for proud parents – but what about…

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Oxford University to launch first online ‘Mooc’ course

Oxford University has announced its first “massive open online course” – or so-called Mooc – in a partnership with a US online university network. These free online courses have grown in popularity with hundreds of universities and millions of students. But until now Oxford has not offered such Mooc courses. It is going to run an economics course partnered with online platform edX, set up by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The emergence of Mooc courses in recent years has been a major phenomenon in higher education, particularly…

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