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. […]

Screen Time, Digital Poverty, Education & Why NOT all Educational Apps are Equal in Quality‼️

If you have time I highly, highly recommend watching or listening to this absolutely fascinating  parliamentary evidence on screen time, digital poverty and education, with Baroness Kidron who’s career has taken her from making movies for Stephen Spielberg to groundbreaking protections for young people online Screen time and Wellbeing  Speakers include: John McGee, Senior Policy […]

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, […]

Breastfeeding in the Age of Distraction: The Mobile Phone Dilemma

  The Effects of Using Your Mobile Phone While Breastfeeding: What Every Parent Should Know In today’s digitally connected world, it’s not uncommon for parents to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, including caring for their newborns while staying connected through their mobile devices. However, the practice of using a mobile phone while breastfeeding or bottle feeding […]

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 […]

‘Digital Pacifiers’: A Modern Comfort or A Huge Concern?

Using smartphones as ‘digital pacifiers’ or ‘dummies’ is an increasing phenomenon in our modern society, where smartphones serve as soothing tools for both toddlers and teens. While the term ‘pacifier’ or ‘dummy’ traditionally refers to a rubber object designed to calm babies by satisfying their innate sucking reflex, the concept has evolved in the digital […]

Before Giving Your Kids A Smartphone Ask Yourself These Questions

Giving a child a smartphone without guidance is like giving them the keys to a 4×4 without teaching them how to drive – it can lead to terrible accidents and enormous dangers on their digital journey‼️ 97% of 12 year olds now have access to a smartphone and 45% are online ”almost constantly” So the […]

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 […]

The Great Smartphone Debate: Does Your Parenting Style Hold the Key? 📱🔑

Smartphone tips and scripts for parents

I’m interested in raising awareness around delaying, not denying kids smartphones. It’s not about scary mongering or searching for doom & gloom research about the dangers of smartphones – for me it’s about supporting parents in feeling more confident in their decisions, whatever they are, and helping them handle the whining, pressure & anger that […]