Tots & Tech: Navigating the World of Educational Apps. What You Need to Know!

Smartphones and Apps for Toddlers: Why It’s Not a Good Idea In today’s digital age, smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives, offering convenience, entertainment, and instant access to information. However, when it comes to toddlers and young children, the question is: Is introducing smartphones at an early age beneficial or harmful? […]

Navigating the Digital Jungle: Teens and Sexual Health Online

You know you thought having the ‘Birds & Bees’ talk was difficult? – try having it these days as digital tech has transformed sexual culture. Helping teenagers to cope with this, as they mature, is not only a task for schools or parents. It really needs to be addressed by big tech & governments too. […]

Ctrl-Alt-Parent: The Importance of Empowering Parents with Digital Literacy Confidence.

“In a digital world where the landscape is ever-changing, parental digital literacy isn’t just a choice; it’s a responsibility to equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills needed to guide our children safely through uncharted waters.” ~ Sue Atkins In today’s digital age, where technology permeates almost every aspect of our lives, digital literacy has […]

The Vital Importance of Teaching Digital Literacy to Children and Young People

‘In the digital age, teaching children digital literacy is like teaching them to swim – an essential skill to navigate the vast ocean of information with confidence and resilience ~ Sue Atkins In today’s digitally-driven world, the ability to navigate, understand, and utilise technology is not just a valuable skill – it’s an essential one. […]

The Horse Has Bolted: My Child Has a Smartphone! Now What?

Managing a child’s smartphone use can be challenging, but there are several strategies you can use to ensure your child’s safety and well-being even if they have a smartphone already! Set Clear Rules and Expectations: Establish clear guidelines for smartphone usage, including when and where it’s appropriate to use the device, as well as time […]

I Love My Smartphone – Don’t You?

  Smartphones have become an integral part of modern life, offering a multitude of benefits that enhance communication, productivity, entertainment, and convenience. Here’s just a few ways they have transformed our lives which I love: Communication: Smartphones revolutionised communication by allowing people to stay connected regardless of their location. With features like calls, texts, emails, […]

Parenting in Real Time: Opting for Moments – Not Messages

As new parents, the arrival of a baby brings with it a whirlwind of joy, excitement, and yes, a fair share of sleepless nights! In the midst of this transformative journey, one of the most precious gifts you can give your baby is your undivided attention. Yet, in today’s hyper-connected world, the attraction of smartphones […]

Ctrl+Alt+Delay: Why Parents Don’t Use Parental Controls

Ctrl+Alt+Delay:  I talk to lots of parents about all sorts of things, naturally, in my work but I’ve noticed not many parents think to use parental controls on their child’s devices. There seems to be quite a few reasons why not from: 🕹️Lack of Awareness: Some parents aren’t aware of the existence or capabilities of […]

Parental Controls Keep Your Kids Safe Online – Here’s Why They’re Important

I talk to lots of parents about all sorts of things, naturally, in my work but I’ve noticed not many parents think to use parental controls on their child’s devices. Today’s fast paced digital world means greater access to larger and larger oceans of information & it’s hard to keep up. Everyone’s reach and access […]

Let’s Make Getting a Smartphone a ‘Milestone Moment’

  I’ve been thinking about how to help parents delay giving their child a Smartphone and I thought about my own kid’s milestones. Childhood is a kaleidoscope of experiences, a journey punctuated by significant milestones that shape our children isn’t it?  From their first tentative steps to the exhilarating triumphs of independence, these moments mark […]

Are You A ‘Phubber?’ 😳

The Phubbing Epidemic I learnt a new word this morning‼️ The word “phubber” is used to describe a person who pays too much attention to their smartphone! Phubbing, a contraction of the words “phone snubbing,” is the act of ignoring a person you’re with in favour of using your mobile phone! Who knew? 🤷‍♀️ Are […]

5 EASY Ways to Encourage Healthy Internet Use at Home – Balance not BAN.

  One of the most common questions I get asked regularly on my Sue Atkins Parenting Show podcast is: ‘ How do I get them off screens?’ Here are my simple 5 top tips. No screens at least 1 hour before bedtime. Have device-free dinners. Browse the internet together. Plan for fun non-screen activities. Encourage […]