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How much does your child need to eat

It can be tricky knowing how much food your child needs, too little and will they get enough calories to grow and develop, too many and are you starting a journey to obesity? Yvonne Bishop-Weston, Clinical Nutritional Therapist here gives a quick guide on how much children need to eat. Quality is as important as quantity Attitudes to food are shaped not only by the flavour, but by many other factors. How yo ...

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Internet Matters report shows gulf between parents and children on the web

Internet Matters launched new research which shows how children are leaving their parents behind when it comes to knowledge and use of the internet. The study highlights the challenges that parents face in keeping up with what their children are doing online, with 48% believing their children know more about the internet than they do and 73% of children agreeing. The Internet Matters ‘Pace of Change’ report ...

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CyberSense e-safety app gets parents and children talking

Internet Matters has launched a groundbreaking educational app, CyberSense, designed to help parents talk about e-safety issues with their children. It is the first app of its kind, allowing parents and children to learn about a range of issues interactively on the same tablet. The app is aimed at children aged from eight upwards, to help them think about what they would do if they were faced with different ...

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Get your tech gift set up safe before you wrap them up

Parents are being urged to unbox their children’s tech Christmas presents and set them up safe before wrapping them up in a new campaign by Internet Matters launched by television host Ulrika Jonsson. Mother-of-four Ulrika has talked candidly about her own difficulties keeping her children safe online, and encourages other parents to have open conversations with their children about using the internet and t ...

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Internet Matters supports Anti-Bullying Week with new school competition and resources for parents

This week is Anti-Bullying Week, and Internet Matters are helping parents get smart about cyber bullying. What is cyber bullying? Cyber bullying is when someone bullies another person over the internet or mobile phone, usually either publicly via message or social media. One of the biggest differences between cyber bullying and face-to-face bullying is that it can be hard to get away from. Young people coul ...

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What are your childcare choices?

Deciding what type of childcare is right for you can be daunting and, sometimes, there may not be a single perfect option, but the following outlines all the choices available to you. For more information contact your local Tinies Branch, who can help you decide. Maternity nurses Maternity nurses look after you and your new baby from birth until about six weeks after birth. They help you get your baby into ...

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11+ exams – when should you start preparing?

So you know that you would like your child to sit the 11+ exam, but you might have conflicting thoughts: If you do a lot of preparation, does this mean that your child isn’t naturally bright enough and may struggle at grammar school? If you don’t start preparing soon enough, will your child be capable of sitting the 11+? You have heard that some children began tutoring when they started Reception, is it alr ...

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Should ten be the minimum age for a child to own a smartphone?

Internet Matters surveyed 1,000 parents up and down the country with children aged 8-11 years old, to find out what they thought about what age children should be using smartphones. Survey findings The 'Back to school' survey revealed the majority of parents (84.6%) would like a minimum age for smartphone ownership in the UK – with age 10 being the most popular minimum age. They also asked at what age paren ...

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Back to school: Create a good homework space for your child

The summer is over, the days are getting shorter and the air outside is colder – this must mean it’s time to go back to school. Mostly your kids will be upset about the end to their reign of freedom and the fact they now have to get up earlier, but they are likely still excited about the New Year, their new class and the new challenges they are going to have to face. Yes, they are going to get more work and ...

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Our first fostering placement

It was the summer solstice of 2012 when I walked out of the Honda car factory for the last time, nervously blinking in the sunlight. I had been working there for the last eighteen years, doing the three shift turnaround – earlies, lates and nights. As I left, I felt I was taking a leap of faith in starting fostering as a profession. My wife Dawn and I had talked about fostering for years and now our own chi ...

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