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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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Tips to help your child improve their memory

Did you know that the human brain’s ability to store information is virtually limitless? Our brains can never fill up with too much information. However, when it comes to remembering what we have stored, we sometimes run into a problem. A Japanese study found that 1 out of 10 young adults (aged 20-35) had serious difficulty remembering information provided. Many believe that this is directly linked to depen ...

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A week in the life of a foster carer

What does a typical week look like for a foster carer? The answer: there is no typical week! With children to care for, meetings to attend, paperwork to complete, there is never a dull moment in our lives as foster carers. What do we enjoy about being foster carers? The fun and privilege of being part of the children and young people’s lives that we care for and the great sense of pride we get from our youn ...

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Top tips for children’s shoe fitting

1) Always take your school socks with you to achieve the best fit You’ll be surprised how much a difference it can make. Socks come in all different types of materials and thicknesses, which all affect the fit and comfort. TOP TIP: Socks that are too small can damage feet as much as shoes that are too small. So don’t forget to check the size of your child’s socks. 2) Always wear your new shoes around the ho ...

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