Is ‘Yes Day’ a Good Idea?

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In this episode:

Is ‘Yes Day’ a Good Idea?

Has Gavin Williamson “misjudged” the mood in classrooms and homes across the country?

Is Tik-Tok Safe for Kids?


Sue Atkins in Conversation with Lynn McAllister Author of Pixie Van Dimple and the Wrong Kind of Artificial Intelligence

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What are YOUR thought’s on having a ‘YES DAY’?


Sweets for breakfast, ipad all night, driving the family car?

– Listen to Sue speak about this on BBC Radio. (1:37mins)

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Has Gavin Williamson “misjudged” the mood in classrooms and homes across the country?’  

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Is Tik-Tok safe for kids?

In 2019 the total number of mobile app downloads reached 204 billion!

TikTok was downloaded 33 million times in the first 3 months of 2019, surpassing Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

TikTok now boasts 1 billion+ active users worldwide.

Why Disciplining’ Kids on TikTok or any social media Isn’t Funny — Even If It’s Staged

TikTok is a varied place, full of fun dance moves, disturbing “challenges,” weird food hacks, and earnest parenting tips. And in yet another strange corner of TikTok lives a genre of videos we absolutely do not need: The (often fake) practice of parents publicly disciplining or shaming their children for views and likes.

Some of these so-called disciplinary techniques seem obviously rehearsed if not totally fake. The kids often appear to know they’re being recorded and may seem fairly unsurprised by bedroom doors being taken off their hinges, a couch being overturned (while they’re on it), or electronics being smashed to pieces with a hammer.

Popular TikToker @derek_hensley recently snagged the attention of Wall Street Journal columnist Julie Jargon after one such video resulted in him being reported to his local child protective services agency!

It’s also the place where some parents have gone to mock people with disabilities or genetic diseases.

Some people just enjoy filming themselves smashing up their kids TV and ipads ☹

It’s unclear how widespread the “watch me (pretend to) discipline or shame my kids in ever-increasingly antagonistic ways” phenomenon is.

Here’s what TikTok told the Wall Street Journal about these types of videos:

“While we can’t begin to comment on the individual discipline choices parents make for their families, our policies for TikTok focus on our commitment to the safety of minors,” a TikTok spokeswoman said, explaining that, per the app’s community guidelines, TikTok removes content that depicts or promotes physical abuse or psychological disparagement of minors. “We have not observed a notable volume of videos depicting parents or caregivers disciplining children and violating our community guidelines,” she said.

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I think it helps to realise that the main reason many children have concentration issues is because they are wired slightly differently to us adults!

When the task they’re given isn’t fun, they get bored and quickly shift their attention to something more interesting — unlike us adults where we have to complete tasks whether we like them or not!

The usual signs of low concentration in children are:

  • Lack of interest
  • Easily distracted.
  • Inability to sit still and maintain a train of thought.
  • Daydreaming
  • Difficulty following instructions.
  • Inability to keep things organised.
  • Device’s distraction!


  1. Prepare a distraction-free environment: some children respond well in an environment that is soothing and calming but other children may thrive in an environment that has a lot of hustle and bustle. Understanding what kind of environment your child prefers to study in is the first step to increasing his concentration levels.
  2. Gadgets – Ideally, all gadgets including televisions, iPads, cell phones etc. need to be switched off or kept in a different room to avoid distractions.
  3. Within Reach: Make sure your son has everything that he needs before he settles down – so he doesn’t need to get up to get anything. All his homework books, textbooks, pencils, rubbers and sharpeners and even water is nearby.
  4. Just run through his homework with him to make sure he understands the questions or the tasks he is being asked to complete.
  5. Watch his sugar intake: whether it is a fizzy drink or a sugary snack this can play havoc with your child’s energy and concentration.
  6. Create a regular routine for studying: same time each day for the same amount of time to aid his concentration followed by a time to chill, relax or do something he enjoys to help keep him motivated.
  7. Encourage and praise, don’t nag and chastise all the time as it’s demotivating – celebrate small successes, build up his concentration incrementally and support him in.


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