Night time usage of smartphones is hindering children progress at school


Our children are back to school but instead of focusing on school subjects they are focusing on their smartphones…

Do you know that huge number of children are waking up at night and checking their smartphones? Some of them wake up with over 100 notifications from conversations happening overnight.  Almost half (45%) of young people are checking their mobile phones after they have gone to bed, a poll suggests. A survey of 2,750 11- to 18-year-olds found one in ten admitted checking their mobile phones for notifications at least 10 times a night. The poll was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.

As a result, the pupils are coming to school tired and unable to concentrate. The general recommendation is to make sure pupils have “digital detox” – putting away mobile devices away for 90 minutes before lights-out or keeping them out of the bedroom. Still is this possible and how to take the phone away from your child in the event when you are not around and want to be sure that during an emergency the child can call you?

The good news is that some of the top parental control applications have already addresses the issue – Protect Your Kid, Kidslox, Family Time are some of them.

Protect Your Kid parental control applications provide the so called “Night mode”. Parents can configure night time settings so all apps and phone calls (excluding parents’ and emergency calls) are blocked. Rest assured knowing your child sleeps at night and will be in a good shape for the next day at school. The app is providing way more functionalities – parents could also configure periods during the day (class hours) when their children can’t use any social apps for example. Another great benefit of the app is that after the free trial you purchase one-time license with no hidden fees or charges.

All right then – is it that easy?

The short answer is NO. As a parent, you need to see the signs, acknowledge the problem, discuss it with your child and make the steps to resolve it. You need to openly discuss that overuse of smartphones is not doing any good but with sensible use technology can always be of help and on hand. Only then install Protect Your Kid app and let it do its work.


WIN! Let’s Do Mental Maths book by Bloomsbury

Classroom favourite, Andrew Brodie, brings confidence boosting resources to parents and children at home.

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With the constant demands of the changing National Curriculum and regular reports of UK pupils falling behind in basic maths and literacy skills, parents, teachers and children are under pressure. A new brand from Bloomsbury, Andrew Brodie Basics, aims to address the challenge with its structured tests, hundreds of tips and a fresh, colourful design to keep children engaged. Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, the six workbooks provide everything children need to build their confidence, boost their mental maths ability and extend their learning at home with parents.

Andrew Brodie, an expert on primary maths and literacy, is an established and highly respected name in the teaching community. His books have been providing teachers, parents and children with support in these subjects for 20 years.

Each book includes:

Over 800 questions covering all key aspects of the National Curriculum,
Regular progress tests
Tips, key facts and vocabulary from Digit the Dog
Brodie’s Brain Boosters test problem-solving skills
Over 100 reward stickers give an extra incentive
Apps available

The Andrew Brodie Basics titles will also be available as an app for iPads and iPhones. With thousands more questions, levels of increasing difficulty to unlock with rewards and even more facts and tips, it is an ideal platform for learning as tablets and smart phones increase in popularity as educational tools at home and at school.

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Andrew Brodie was a head teacher for twelve years after many successful years in the primary classroom. He began writing his bestselling educational books in 1992 and since then has established himself as a name that teachers have come to trust. He is still very much involved in education and continues to teach on a regular basis.

What’s your maths age? Clink the link, to find out!


KidAround have teamed up with Bloomsbury to offer five of these great books! (one of each age range). To be in with a chance of winning one, all you have to do is enter your name, address and contact number to comps@kidaround.biz. Dont forget to mention which age-range your entry is for!

Closing date, 11th October 2013.

Best of luck!

Posted by Amy Moylan