Babies need laps NOT apps !

I think this is the best saying I’ve heard in ages – “Babies need laps NOT apps ! ” They of course need laps and lots of real things to tap,  touch, manipulate, experience, swipe, pinch and suck. Great post here from Kristy at Every Chance to Learn about keeping our kids quiet too often […]

Have your kids run up a huge bill on your ipad?

I have to say I’m glad to see that the makers of “free” web and app-based games have been warned by the Office of Fair Trading of “potentially unfair and aggressive commercial practices” that could target “susceptible” children to pay to continue playing. It follows cases where children have run up bills of thousands of pounds without […]

Could your family survive a Digital Detox?

How would your kids feel if you decided to do  a Digital Detox Week ? With the news that toddlers are becoming obsessed with gadgets, I’m asking – do we need to really limit our child’s tech play time: Read more at UKMumstv

Will YOUR toddler need treatment for iPad addiction?

I love my iPad but are you using them as electric babysitters? It seems that some toddlers play with iPads nearly half of their waking day and this is leading to withdrawal tantrums of an extreme kind! As a former Deputy Head I also worry about their ability to concentrate on any one task – […]

How do I get my kids more into the News?

I spent a lot of time talking to parents about how to protect their children from watching the News when it is on a constant loop of disasters or bad, negative stories. But as children grow up and mature they need to be more aware of the wider world around them so I read with […]

Digital Parenting Made Easy

I picked up a copy of the excellent “Digital Parenting” Magazine from Vodafone yesterday – you can read really helpful articles  and “How To” Guides on all things technical from Parental Controls on XBox 360, to setting up Blackberry Parental Controls, to teaching you how to put  YouTube on Safety Mode.

Create Magical Reading Memories Easily

  As a former Deputy Head and Class Teacher for 22 years teaching children to read is a vital life skill that I feel very passionate about – as kids who can’t read lack confidence, lack opportunities and are disempowered in all areas of life. I used to teach Reception aged children for a number […]

Mr Thorne Does Phonics

          I am delighted to introduce you to a great friend of mine, a pioneering teacher from Solihull, who has become an internet sensation after helping almost a million people around the world to read. Chris has quite literally taken the world by storm through his amazing videos on YouTube called Mr […]