Take tablets from schools, says tsar

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THE technology revolution in schools has been thrown into doubt by the government’s new school behaviour tsar, who believes children should be kept away from iPads for as long as possible.

Smartphones and selfie culture: what are you teaching your child?

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Do your children have to vie with your smartphone for your attention in the evenings? Do you feel twitchy in the mornings if you haven’t checked your messages? Having pooh-poohed them a couple of years ago, have you embraced the selfie (ironically, of course)? Then perhaps it’s not your

Children of Silicon Valley have strict rules on screen time

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When Steve Jobs was asked what his three young children thought of the iPad, the reply came as something of a shock. “They haven’t used it,” he said, as boss of Apple in 2010, shortly after the device’s launch. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Taking off: what’s new in the world

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Holiday with SpongeBob Got kids, or a penchant for hallucinogens? This bizarre new holiday retreat works equally well for both demographics. Modelled on the home of SpongeBob SquarePants, the luxury two-bedroom villa is at Nickelodeon’s Punta Cana resort, in the Dominican Republic. It’s a faithful representation of the children’s

Antisocial media: why smartphones make us dumb parents

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Picking up her iPhone, Sherry Turkle stuffs it into her handbag. “I’m putting my phone away,” she declares, zipping it into a pocket with a theatrical flourish. “The very presence of a phone on the table is a distraction. Even silent phones inhibit conversations.”