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Andrew Weekes
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Andrew Weekes

Technology Sevenoaks, GB
I like to understand how things work, then make them work better. I'm fascinated by engineering in all it's forms and you can find my occasional posts about Life, the Universe and Engineering on my blog. In the day I spend my time as a production engineer working with some of the best Big Boys Toys there are, which has kept me engaged and interested for over 20 years now. In my spare time I'm fascinated by mobile technology, the power of the device one can carry in a trouser pocket these days really does feel like the future is finally here!

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Techy engineer, father of two.
Qualifications:
  • IT expert
Working for:
Production Engineering ( alw-audio.co.uk )

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  • Questions 2
  • Answers 101
  • Followers 10
  • Follows 18
  • Votes given 105
  • Votes received 154
Questions Answers Comments Votes
04Dec

No. Whatever the academic benefits (and I'm skeptical about those - this sort of attention grabbing science is often pretty dubious), school is about ...

28Nov
What tips do you give kids for staying safe online?

I show them videos like this, then we have some really interesting discussions... ...

28Nov
How can I get my tech-loving teen to be more active?

Get them playing Ingress! [http://www.ingress.com/](http://www.ingress.com/) Stories abound on the internet of amazing weight loss amongst players of ...

28Nov
Why Facebook is losing teenage users?

I'm doing a Web Science course with Southampton University, via the Futurelearn.com site at present and it's been utterly brilliant so far, really ...

28Nov
Has anyone been tempted to use mSpy app to spy on their kids?

I've not used this app, but I do have the ability to track both my boys (as they can do to me!), but under their control - they can disable it at any ...

10Nov
Do high-value gadget gifts take the fun out of Christmas?

Quality over quantity every time for me. I do think there has been an expectation on the part of many children for high value gifts, and the ...

29Oct
What is ransomware and how can I protect my family?

I do this all the time, if I'm not busy I like to keep them on the phone and act stupid, my record so far is about an hour... I figure it's a bit of ...

29Oct

One option for avoidance is to use an operating system, such as Linux, that reduces your chance of being infected. The use of the alternatives also ...

29Oct
What is ransomware and how can I protect my family?

Good information and advice above, but one very important and essential piece missing. Backups! Like death and taxes, data loss is one of life's ...

23Oct
Can technology get kids to play outdoors?

Ingress have added waking distance to the in game statistics now. Since those stats were added (about a month ago) one walked 100km, it really is a ...

19Oct

Absolutely, if they wish and their kid wishes. But I don't think it helps anyone if they make all the arrangements, or burst in and take over if the ...

17Oct
Should parents take an active role in arranging work experience?

My teen son expressed a desire to do work experience at my workplace, so I asked and they were happy to help out, for a family member. I can ...

11Oct
What do you buy for the Minecraft fan in your biome this Christmas?

My 9 year old has read the Cubeworld novel and tells me he really enjoyed it.

11Oct
What is the right age to start looking for a tutor for you child?

I find myself in agreement with Magda, and also equally opposed, in principle, to tutoring. In the first instance the need that many feel for ...

11Oct

In short - very few children need tutors! It is a cultural phenomenon, a result of flawed educational policy and parents holding on to their own ...

11Oct
How do fuel bands encourage teens to stay active?

I'm not sure how effective such things would be, unless your child has an interest to start with, but one brilliant app I discovered recently is a ...

03Oct
Secondary school visits - what should we ask?

I came here this morning to ask exactly the same question. I've done two school visits so far, one local comprehensive and one grammar school. ...

03Oct

You could ask: - students:teacher ratio - any individualized learning? - any Project Based Learning? - how are diversities in children welcome an ...

Q: What tips do you give kids for staying safe online?

A: I show them videos like this, then we have some really interesting discussions... ...

3 years ago

Q: How can I get my tech-loving teen to be more active?

A: Get them playing Ingress! [http://www.ingress.com/](http://www.ingress.com/) Stories abound on the internet of amazing weight loss amongst players of ...

3 years ago

Q: Why Facebook is losing teenage users?

A: I'm doing a Web Science course with Southampton University, via the Futurelearn.com site at present and it's been utterly brilliant so far, really ...

3 years ago

Q: Has anyone been tempted to use mSpy app to spy on their kids?

A: I've not used this app, but I do have the ability to track both my boys (as they can do to me!), but under their control - they can disable it at any ...

3 years ago

Q: Do high-value gadget gifts take the fun out of Christmas?

A: Quality over quantity every time for me. I do think there has been an expectation on the part of many children for high value gifts, and the ...

3 years ago

Q: What is ransomware and how can I protect my family?

A: Good information and advice above, but one very important and essential piece missing. Backups! Like death and taxes, data loss is one of life's ...

3 years ago

Q: Should parents take an active role in arranging work experience?

A: My teen son expressed a desire to do work experience at my workplace, so I asked and they were happy to help out, for a family member. I can ...

3 years ago

Q: What do you buy for the Minecraft fan in your biome this Christmas?

A: My 9 year old has read the Cubeworld novel and tells me he really enjoyed it.

3 years ago

Q: What is the right age to start looking for a tutor for you child?

A: I find myself in agreement with Magda, and also equally opposed, in principle, to tutoring. In the first instance the need that many feel for ...

3 years ago

Q: How do fuel bands encourage teens to stay active?

A: I'm not sure how effective such things would be, unless your child has an interest to start with, but one brilliant app I discovered recently is a ...

3 years ago

Q: Secondary school visits - what should we ask?

A: I came here this morning to ask exactly the same question. I've done two school visits so far, one local comprehensive and one grammar school. ...

3 years ago

Q: Which TED talks are a 'must watch' for inspiring our kids to explore their potential and follow their passion?

A: The first TED video I ever watched was David Gallo's 'Underwater Astonishments' ...

3 years ago

Q: When should your child get a mobile phone?

A: It depends, a mobile phone is so much more than a device for making phone calls these days, in fact I think all of our phones spend very little time ...

3 years ago

Q: Is it 'disgusting' to make a Halo female character deliberately 'erotic'?

A: I really don't see the outrage here. I assume the reaction is related to this: - ...

3 years ago

Q: What do you think of Valve's plan to allow game sharing via Steam?

A: I didn't know about this, but I like the idea a lot. We use Steam a lot at home, and it's one of the few DRM (Digital Rights Management) services I ...

3 years ago

Q: What if Google went for good?

A: No other single organisation has integrated itself into my life more than Google. From my Android phone, which with Google now has pretty much become ...

3 years ago

Q: How safe are children's bike trailers?

A: We had a trailer bike and both of my boys loved it once they were old enough to ride it. I'm not sure now at what age they started using it. They ...

3 years ago

Q: Any good recipe apps for cheap, healthy student meals?

A: I don't know about apps, but there's a totally fantastic website and YouTube channel, SortedFood ([http://sortedfood.com](http://sortedfood.com)), ...

3 years ago

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