As more children are getting their hands on technology from a younger age, a new survey reveals that half of UK parents have their devices ruined by kids.

The survey of 1,000 UK parents, by LeapFrog Toys, reveals that one in 10 have had their device submerged in water, including dropping it down the toilet, 20 per cent have deemed their gadget unusable after sticky fingers all over the screen, and 15 per cent have made accidental calls – including to the emergency services.

A further 11 per cent have never seen their device again after their child lost it and one in five parents have had their tablet or smartphone screens cracked by their kids, causing insurance claims or expensive replacements.

Despite the inevitable mishaps, the survey also reveals that 43 per cent of parents give children their own adult devices, with 67 per cent of those not actually supervising their usage and 58 per cent not setting basic parental controls. Over a third (34 per cent) of kids also know the passwords to their parents devices, which will undoubtedly lead to young eyes viewing inappropriate content or downloading expensive apps.

The survey was commissioned to mark the launch of LeapFrog’s new Android-based kid-safe tablet, LeapFrog Epic, which is designed especially for kids ages three to nine. LeapFrog is encouraging parents to ‘Take Back Your Tech’ and be aware of the risks of children not having kid-safe devices.

Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos, director of LeapFrog’s Learning Team comments: “This research highlights the wealth of risks that come with allowing a child to use an adult device – from damage and inappropriate content to actual loss of the device. Quite simply, these devices aren’t built to withstand child’s play. Investing in a dedicated kids tablet where possible can really offer parents peace of mind when it comes to the type of content their kids are viewing, as well as allow them to reclaim, if not save, their own tech from the hands of their little ones.”

Commenting on the role of technology in children’s lives today, she adds: “Technology can play a positive role in a child’s development when coupled with the right educational content and we passionately believe that it can form part of a varied healthy play diet if responsible boundaries are set.”

The new Android-based kids tablet, Epic, launches Monday 5th October.

Our Fire Side Fiction Favourites

This is our entry into the #Currysfiresidefiction competition. Both ourselves and extended family love a bit of fiction. whether its in the form of a book or a TV show/film, so we thought we would tell you about a couple of our favourites found over the year.

We will start with books, and our book of choice is The Bone Season.

The Bone Season is a fantastic book that is the début novel for Samantha Shannon and it is incredible. A read like never before you follow the life of Paige Mahoney in the year 2059. The world is not as we know it now, there is a new order and people with gifts such as Clairvoyance and psychic abilities are hunted like criminals.

One day Paige is drugged and kidnaped. When she regain consciousness she is in Oxford, a captive, policed by Raphaites. Assigned to an individual Warden Paige slowly discovers the horrors that Oxford now holds.

A completely unique tale, Shannon has created a world that captivates and grips you from start to finish. A must read. 

Next is a little different, but a real corker, The 2014 Transformers movie, Age of Extinction.


Now this movie didn’t get the best ratings, compared to the others. However from a personal perspective, I loved it.

It was the first film Ben and I have been to see in the cinema together after five years of marriage (yes, madness) Although I felt the beginning of the film could have done with some changes with the story telling as far as how the new “creators” got there in the first place. Now the Autobots are being hunted for their metal to use to create a new breed of robots.

The type the humans can control.

But after melting down parts of Mega Tron, these new creations took on a life of their own and soon the Autobots were needed to save the day.

The graphics and soundtrack gave the movie a more emotional connection. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time worrying about Optimus and the gang.

This movie did do a fantastic job of setting up the scene for the next installment, which for me made me forget a little about the slightly odd start.

I cannot wait for the next movie, which I know will be full of more “edge of my seat” moments!

If you want to join in and have the chance to win a fab tech bundle from Currys, then please take a look. 


Our Tamagotchi Easter Party!

So this year, we have been lucky enough to host our own Tamagotchi party. Complete with sweets, chocolate eggs and more crafts than you could shake a stick at. We ended up holding the party on Easter Sunday. It seemed pretty perfect and as Pop’s had a tummy bug the previous week, it was the perfect Easter treat.

I remember tamagotchis from way back when and the magic is still there. Both adults and children were immediately taken and engrossed in raising their own little digital friend. Even Boo!

After some straw picking and games, the Tamagotchis were soon with their new owners and the fun began…

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The new Tamagotchis are fab. As well as being like they used to be they also have these great new features. Like the characters themselves there are so many different characters you can grow, they can now even send texts or ‘bumps’ and gifts to other Tamagotchi friends. Perfect for a room full of tech mad children. Even Hubby was engrossed with getting everyone set up and running. With five games to play and all the feeding, I can safely say everyone loves their new friend!

One thing I remember was worrying about my Tamagotchi dying, these days they tend to run away if you don’t look after them, I think it still has the same affect and all the children were forever checking that their new friend had everything it needed. It took me an age to get their attention again. Thank goodness their Tamagotchis went to sleep so we could get to playing games and colouring…

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Everyone had a great day. Even the adults coloured in a picture or two!

The new Tamagotchi Friends retail at around £20, I was a little unsure on the price, but they really do so much more than they used too, so its well worth it. There is so much to do and s many different characters it would be pretty hard to get bored. The kids also loved all the Tamagotchi notepads etc, even little Boo recognises her ‘gotchi’ friends and I can already see a house full of tamagotchi soft toys and sweets!

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We hope you all had a fantastic Easter!!!