Young kids, even toddlers, using mobile phone and tablet apps is considered by many to be fairly normal in today’s society. Developing apps for kids is becoming big business, and is definitely (if you’ll pardon the pun) a growth industry. Apps are often tied in with popular TV shows and […]

Keeping kids safe on mobile apps


The Honourable Kirstie (with an ie) Mary Allsopp, who was born into near-aristocracy and has been racing to the bottom ever since by trying to sound posh and knowing on property programmes and tat-to-decor ‘craft’ shows, has embroiled herself in a Twitter row about washing machines. Unaccustomed to the general […]

Tory property toff Kirstie Allsopp dishonours herself as she washes ...


Last week the BBC announced it will be pushing an additional £34m over the next three years into children’s programmes, content and related services. The Corporation is hailing it as the biggest investment in children’s TV in a generation. While the majority of the budget will continue to be spent […]

BBC to pump extra £34m into next 3 years of ...



OK, I apologise in advance for that rather grandiose title. However, a recent research piece from the BBC Terrific Scientific Sleep Investigation—in partnership with the University of Oxford—suggests 9-11 year-old children have the best reactions in the afternoon. Thousands of British school children aged 9-11 took part in the experiment, […]

Kids’ sleep investigation could alter primary teaching methods


I think I may have reached my complaints quota for the year – or possibly even the entire duration of primary school education. By nature, I am not a public complainer. I’m a British introvert and don’t like uncomfortable situations, atmospheres or rocking boats. Despite this, over the past decade […]

Return to being British, gently seething while not complaining


I don’t know if times have changed since I was at school in the 1970s and ’80s, or if my memory has simply failed, but I don’t recall a culture of gift-giving to teachers in the summer, as each academic year drew to a close. Nowadays it seems to be […]

Should I get my child’s teacher a gift?



The countdown is on to the summer holidays. 46 Days of Summer 21 July – 4 September 2017 I am determined this year is going to be a good one. The main concepts: No ‘going away’ holiday due to work commitments and finances, but build in regular trips and events. […]

Summer Holiday 2017 live blog


For most parents in Britain, this is about the time when they start panicking about the impending 6+ week school summer holiday about to descend on them. (Parents in Scotland get this joy about a month earlier and – at time of writing – are already in the middle of […]

How am I going to survive the summer holidays? Help!


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You’re a good parent and you’re keen to learn about the latest and greatest mobile apps, software, Internet services and online communication tools so you can keep your kids safe and secure without being seen as over-protective or overbearing. Yet you keep reading things in the mainstream media about phone […]

Snapchat: What it is and how to keep your kids ...



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All Hail Father’s Day For too long, it seems, the role of fathers has been sidelined in society. Perhaps because “absent father” is a more common condition and rolls off the tongue with greater ease than “absent mother”; because of the intrinsic belief in many societies that the mother role […]

It’s time to set the record straight on Father’s Day


Thinking about it in the cold light of day, it’s really obvious that a parent has far less than full control over what their children are told, and yet some days there’s a particular sinking realisation of that truth. Today was a pretty crappy day for our eldest daughter. We’d […]

When it hits you that you can’t control everything your ...


Beat the Street
Beat the Street (BTS) has descended upon our county for another year. It’s fair to say I was rather unimpressed with how things panned out last year, but the BTS team assure me all the bugs have been ironed out and they have learnt from previous mistakes, so we’ll see […]

Beat the Street “Live Blog”