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Technology becomes most popular homework excuse

Work shy school children no longer rely on traditional excuses such as “the dog ate my homework”, preferring more modern variations including “my computer crashed”,
according to a survey. A study of pupils and teachers found lines such as “I spilt my dinner on it” and “I dropped it on the way to school” are a thing of the past.Modern children are more likely to claim “I finished my homework but deleted it by accident”, “The Internet was down” or “my printer broke”. The study also found the average teacher hears at least 20 different homework excuses a week.

What is the best homework excuse you or your children have used?

Using Facebook ‘can lower exam results by up to 20%’

It is what parents of teenagers who ‘revise’ in front of the computer have long feared. Students who use Facebook while they study get significantly lower grades than those who do not, according to psychologists. A study has found that the exam results of those who used the social networking site while working, even if it was on in the background, were 20 per cent lower than non-users.

Hold on there and wait a minute this research is cited as affecting teenagers yet it was done on 19-54 year olds !!!!! D’oh ! Of coarse it will affect them they have not spent a life immersed in the digital world their brains have not had a lifetime of moulding and shaping around technology. To me this research is of no use when it comes to young people…done on a group of people below 16 I doubt they would get the same results. However saying that it is important I feel we encouraged children when studying for exams to focus on one thing at once.


Red Cross study reveals problems with teenagers and drink.

Many young people have had to cope with friends who were sick, injured or unconscious because of alcohol. One teenager in seven has been in an emergency situation as a result of a friend drinking too much alcohol, according to a new study by the British Red Cross. In the past 12 months, more than one in 10 children aged between 11 and 16 have been left to cope with a drunken friend who was sick, injured or unconscious. Half of those have had to deal with someone who had passed out and a quarter have dealt with a friend who had been injured in a drunken fight.

Talk about this with your teens get some of our Teen conversation cards.


Lincolnshire County Council backs down over girl’s walLincolnshire County Council has decided to take no further action over a father allowing his seven-year-old daughter to walk alone to a bus stop. Mark McCullough, from Glentham, said his daughter Isabelle was capable of walking 20m (65ft) to the stop. The county council told Mr McCullough and his partner Natasha Fegan the matter could be reported as a “child protection issue”. “For a seven-year-old not to be able to walk 20m to the top of the courtyard and cross a quiet country road is an absolute joke.”

We agree absolute joke !

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Sarah Newton one part of the Family Communication Duo is a eclectic mix of sensitivity, wonder, common sense, wisdom and humour. Known affectionately as the Family Peacemaker Sarah's work spanning over 14 years has seen her on 13 TV stations, 60 different radio stations and has received extensive newspaper and magazine coverage. Called Bubbles by her friends Sarah's day job is Youth Expert, Family Peacemaker, Thought Leader, Blogger, ( Author, Entrepreneur, geek and crazy chic all rolled into one. The Rest of the time she is a happy mum, loving wife, adventurer and closet 50's Diva. Oh and she also fancies herself as a bit of a Dance floor Diva!

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