2nd November – China want to prevent addictive use of online platforms and podcasts are becoming a key medium for education – An update from the kids, teen and family sector

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China want to crack down on addictive usage of online platforms 

Games, social media network platforms and live streaming websites could all face being banned in China as of June 2021 if they are not seen to be actively taking measures to tackle over usage. There must be clear efforts made to monitor consumption and prevent addictive use.  For example, Tencent’s Honor of Kings implemented a feature to restrict the amount of time users could spend playing the game. This comes as such a juxtaposition to the underlying premise and success of many online services which rely on binge watching and repeat playing. Whilst it may not be in line with many business models, is it something that needs to be done for the good of society? Is it something that other governments should be enforcing in their countries?


Podcasts are becoming a key medium for education 

Story Seeds podcast has just released an activity book called Imagination Lab: Experiments in creativity which is an activity-based book that accompanies the podcast making kids’ engagement with it much more interactive. The book has QR codes which link readers straight to the podcast so they can listen and do activities at the same time. Activities include guides to create their own stories, arts and crafts projects, STEM projects and many more similar activities which are fun but certainly have educational benefits in line with school curriculum. The national literacy trust found that podcasts support children’s reading engagement and get kids interested in such a range of topics that they are perfect opportunities for new classroom and home learning. In light of this, the combination of podcasts and books should have a profound effect on kids’ learning and willingness to learn. It’s also great that the combination of these two mediums means that it caters to people with different types of learning styles, so no one is left behind.



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