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I’m coming straight out from the start and declaring that I loathe Halloween. As far as I’m concerned, everything about it is bad. At best, it’s another tacky commercial venture, grossly Americanised, piggybacking on several genuine festivals from ancient cultures. At worst, it encourages antisocial behaviour, is potentially dangerous — […]

The school Halloween fundraiser: so many wrong things in one ...


Welcome to this week’s roundup of family-related technology news. It feels very much like a ‘for-against’ week. Some stories highlighting some of the negative aspects when tech is badly or excessively used, while others reveal the positive benefits of tech for children’s education and development. Jump to a story using […]

Family Tech Roundup: Tech and development, celebs ban kids’ Internet, ...






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It’s the age old problem. You really want to help your child with their homework (without giving them all the answers, of course) but you realise your own skills aren’t necessarily up to scratch. “It’s all changed so much since my day,” you mutter as you try to get your […]

Parents seek homework help, new site offers professional advice



Lumley: Kids have slack morals The children of modern Britain have morals that are on the rocks, according to Joanna Lumley. Championing ‘old fashioned’ morality, she has spoken out against a perceived decline in standards, manners, and a respect for law and society. “We are very slack with our moral […]

Joanna Lumley bemoans modern children’s ‘slack’ morals