Social Media through the Ears of a Primary School Teacher

As an upper Key Stage Two primary school teacher, I have occasionally overheard conversations between children about their social media and online communication experiences. The conversations have often been about who they ‘messaged’ the previous evening, or who they had ‘FaceTimed’ with, or about their successes or failures whilst playing online games.


Transgenderism has become a topic of much discussion in recent years. Transgender is a broad term that encompasses those who feel they were born with the wrong gender and therefore live as the opposite gender (also known as transsexualism) and those with intersex conditions. Intersex conditions are not common and result from a genetic or hormonal imbalance. In these cases, their anatomy may not fit with the typical definition of male or female but the person is born with this condition through no choice of their own. The person affected by an intersex condition, and their families, will require much support and guidance with the issues that they may face. The aim of this article is to focus on transsexualism, which is a facet of the pro-choice movement.