Revealed! How Cruella de Vil became so evil
Are villains more interesting than heroes? A new Disney film follows the story of Cruella de Vil’s early life. The tale is making people think differently about “goodies” and “baddies”.
‘Gaming makes you smarter’ say experts
Is it really good for you? Research has found that people who play video games could have better vision and spatial awareness. But some people still warn gaming is a waste of time.
Coming soon: Instagram for kids
Is it a good idea? There could soon be a version of the photo-sharing app especially for users under 13. Some say it will make people safer. Others say kids shouldn’t use social media at all.
Celebrity fakes take TikTok by storm
Should we have to label deepfakes? Ultra-realistic videos of actor Tom Cruise are trending on social media. But some people might want to use the technology for harm rather than good.
The folk songs taking TikTok by storm
Should we sing more? Traditional sea shanties have gone viral after a Scottish postman performed one on TikTok. Fans say that making music brings people together in difficult times.
Attenborough: ‘Yes we CAN save the planet’
Can a film save the world? Sir David Attenborough hopes it can. In his new documentary, A Life on Our Planet, he predicts a terrifying future for Earth unless we all act now.
Stormzy single released in schools
Should Stormzy be a role model for us all? His latest music video came out last week. The Superheroes animation is a salute to young people – and a celebration of the qualities that make you...
Excitement as Mulan returns to screens
Is Mulan the greatest Disney princess? After over 20 years, the film has returned as a live-action remake. For many, Mulan’s bravery, independence and intelligence make her a key role model.
The seven-year-old YouTuber earning £17 million
Is YouTube a good career goal? Seven-year-old Ryan earns around £17 million a year by reviewing toys on camera. Around a third of young people want to be a YouTuber.
The name’s Bond. Jackie Bond…
Is it high time the most famous spy in the world was played by a woman? There have been seven male Bonds since the famous film series was launched 55 years ago. But women can be spies too!
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Technology pushes animals out of films
In 1895, a dog wandered past a camera recording one of the first-ever films. Animals have been regular movie stars since then, but technology means they could soon be a thing of the past.
Social media stands up to racism
Can social media be a force for good? Last week, millions posted black squares across channels in support of the Black Lives Matter movement – but critics suggest it is not enough.
TikTok gets serious about climate change
Is TikTok a force for good? The fastest growing app in the world was developed so teenagers could mess around. Now, young people are using it to speak out and make a difference.
Social media goes to war against the virus
At first, the official advice was to sing “Happy Birthday” while washing your hands. Now, people are getting creative on social media in attempts to help control the spread of the virus.
Nicest man in the world inspires us all
In the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, Tom Hanks plays a character who is deeply and completely kind and decent. Based on a true story, millions of people are flocking to see it.
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