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Children’s Screen Time – How Much is Too Much?

49% of parents under 35 let their children use a tablet before they’re 4 years old.

49% of parents under 35 let their children use a tablet before they’re 4 years old.

Hands up – who has sat down in a restaurant with some friends, toddler in tow, and given them your iPad or iPhone to help keep them quiet? I bet most of you reading this, if you’re being honest, should have your hand in the air.

Now, keep your hand up if you’ve actually bought your child a phone or tablet of their own. A new survey from insurance provider Legal & General has revealed that a surprising percentage of us should still keep our hand in the air.

L&G discovered that 32% of children own their own phone before they’re 9, whilst 65% of children own their own tablet. A staggering 58% of us feel pressured to buy our children their own device, whilst that number skyrockets to 75% for parents who live in London. Continue reading

Do you read to your child every night? [10 Second Poll]

mother reading to child

Is it true that only 19% of parents read to their children every night? Help us find out!

This week, Alton Towers Resort revealed new study results showing that ‘only one in five parents are reading to their children every night before bedtime’.

REALLY?! I thought as I read this… Surely more than 1 in 5 parents read to their children every night?

They’ve described the results as staggering… and they certainly sound it. But then I started thinking… is this just another case of spinning the evidence to make an eye-catching headline?

You see, I’m sure the statement is true (from their study results) – but the reality may be a lot less shocking than it sounds.

For example… it might still be true that, say, 70% of parents read to their children 5 or 6 nights every week. In other words, most parents might still read to their children most nights, but just not EVERY night. If that was the case, the survey results would be a lot less shocking.

And also – how old are the children we are talking about? I couldn’t find that stat anywhere in the press release… And the older the child gets, the more likely they are to read their own bedtime story – or not want one from mum and dad. So if older children are included in the survey, again, the statement would be less surprising. Continue reading