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How to get creative with your used yogurt pots, with Yeo Valley

Yeo Valley’s garden team are asking you to get creative with your used yogurt pots! When you finish that last spoonful of yogurt from the bottom of the pot, you don’t have to head straight to the bin. Yeo Valley pots are the perfect size and shape for growing young seedlings, giving a new lease of life to your empty pots and providing a great activity for little ones. According to the National Trust, fewer ...

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How to buy your first car seat

Choosing a car seat can often be one of the more difficult decisions to make as a new parent. Some hospitals won’t let you take the child home without a suitable car seat, so it’s often a decision you have to make early, and with so much technical jargon and many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. So where do I begin? Safety is the most important aspect of choosing a car sea ...

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Internet Matters survey reveals children as young as 11 post an average of 26 times a day

Internet Matters has launched its 'social about social' campaign - helping parents protect their children across social media, as new figures reveal children as young as 11 post an average of 26 times a day, attract 100 followers to every one of their profiles - yet six out of 10 of them are not real friends. Parents are being given tips on how to tackle issues from privacy, tagging and geo-location setting ...

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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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