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Anita Naik
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Anita Naik

London, UK
I'm an author, journalist and parent blogger with an interest in education, tech and social media.

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Writer and mum of two
www.livingwithkids.co.uk

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  • Questions 0
  • Answers 34
  • Followers 14
  • Follows 12
  • Votes given 24
  • Votes received 60
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21Sep
Are there any good role models for girls on kids' TV?

Naomi Wilkinson on CBBC Wild has inspired my 7 year old daughter to kayak and climb. She's a great role model for overcoming fears and trying ...

14Sep
Does gender classification of toys really affect kids?

I agree with all of the above having lived through my daughter's pink princess stage (now thankfully out grown). But I find what affects my kids more ...

22Aug

By all means offer a subsite for future business people but to simply drop kids into the mainstream linkedin application is very short sighted ...

26Jun

The media coverage of this story has been incredibly sensationalist, with (not surprisingly) strongly polarised reactions to those headlines. I ...

26Jun
Should we ask our children’s permission before posting about them on Facebook?

I agree if your kids ask you not to post/write/tag pictures of them you should respect their view. Interestingly I was at a blogging conference where ...

26Jun

Like many parents, I regularly post on Facebook about the funny things my kids say or do. They’re an endless source of comedy gold and ‘Facebooking’ ...

30May
Is it ever ok to 'steal' from your kids?

Arghh guilty I just borrowed some parking money again. I always pay back and confess and let my daughter admonish me for doing it. (If she's not here ...

30May

I agree with the fact that you can borrow from your kids if you are open about it. Taking it without asking seems a bit like we are treating them ...

30May

Obviously the only sensible answer to this question is ‘No’. If parenting is largely about modelling appropriate behaviour to your kids, then nicking ...

13May

There are so many issues with this question I am not sure where to start. First of all, like my colleague said, this is ENTIRELY a parental issue. ...

13May

As the parent of a 10-year-old son, I read the recent reports of children going into therapy because of internet and computer addiction with ...

11May
Will there come a time when its acceptable for parents to Microchip their kids?

I'm with Simon and Matt. Like all parents I worry all the time plus torture myself by reading the fear inducing articles in the Daily Mail about ...

11May

I worry. You worry. Every parent worries. It's a state of being, and it never stops. It'd be lovely to end one of those worries once and for all, but ...

17Apr
Should we protect children from terrible stories in the news?

Absolutely. My god daughters were under 8 when 9/11 happened and were traumatized for a long time by the images they kept seeing repeated on TV. If ...

17Apr

Yes, we should, depending on their age. **War and disaster** Children are more frightened by **violence in the news **than in cartoons or films. News ...

08Apr
My 10-year-old has experimented sexually with his friend. Will he be gay?

Being gay was decriminalised in India in 2009 but this of course, does little to change entrenched prejudices in any society, which is probably why ...

08Apr

At the start of my answer I should make it clear that I live in the UK and not India, and I understand from your question and from talking to Indian ...

27Mar

This isn't so much evidence...but I recently spoke with Nancy Kanter who is senior VP at Disney Junior Worldwide. This is what she said to me..."Kids ...

Q: Are there any good role models for girls on kids' TV?

A: Naomi Wilkinson on CBBC Wild has inspired my 7 year old daughter to kayak and climb. She's a great role model for overcoming fears and trying ...

3 years ago

Q: Does gender classification of toys really affect kids?

A: I agree with all of the above having lived through my daughter's pink princess stage (now thankfully out grown). But I find what affects my kids more ...

3 years ago

Q: Should we ask our children’s permission before posting about them on Facebook?

A: I agree if your kids ask you not to post/write/tag pictures of them you should respect their view. Interestingly I was at a blogging conference where ...

3 years ago

Q: Is it ever ok to 'steal' from your kids?

A: Arghh guilty I just borrowed some parking money again. I always pay back and confess and let my daughter admonish me for doing it. (If she's not here ...

3 years ago

Q: Will there come a time when its acceptable for parents to Microchip their kids?

A: I'm with Simon and Matt. Like all parents I worry all the time plus torture myself by reading the fear inducing articles in the Daily Mail about ...

3 years ago

Q: Should we protect children from terrible stories in the news?

A: Absolutely. My god daughters were under 8 when 9/11 happened and were traumatized for a long time by the images they kept seeing repeated on TV. If ...

4 years ago

Q: My 10-year-old has experimented sexually with his friend. Will he be gay?

A: Being gay was decriminalised in India in 2009 but this of course, does little to change entrenched prejudices in any society, which is probably why ...

4 years ago

Q: Should kids be taught to code in UK primary schools?

A: Yes. Even the UK’s Education Secretary declared the current curriculum not fit for purpose, leaving children ‘bored out of their minds being taught ...

4 years ago

Q: 10 yr DD feels ignored by peers, any advice?

A: This is a really good piece that your daughter may find helpful. ...

4 years ago

Q: Is it okay for every bedtime story to be on an iPad or should you foist paper books on tech-loving kids too to redress the balance?

A: I do read books a lot from the iPad to my kids as I think the interaction level is good BUT not at bedtime due to the light from the iPad as it keeps ...

4 years ago

Q: Would you feel hard done by if your child sent you an ecard for Mother's Day?

A: Yes def. I might have to respond with an e present for their birthday! Seriously though it's all about the effort - handmade/shop bought = thought ...

4 years ago

Q: Do school-to-home websites favour tech savvy families?

A: Virtual learning environments can certainly benefit pupils, but if families don’t understand the system – or don’t have internet access – the results ...

4 years ago

Q: How do we encourage a sense of adventure in our kids?

A: I totally agree with the above as parents you need to have adventures even if it means moving out of your comfort zone. Then talk about your ...

4 years ago

Q: Should you let your child free on YouTube?

A: The sensible answer here has to be no, the more realistic answer is this is something many parents do. I myself am guilty as charged, letting my ...

4 years ago

Q: Does the internet have a place in sex education?

A: While I agree that the lion's share of sex education is better done in the classroom or home in an age appropriate way the real truth is this doesn't ...

4 years ago

Q: How much time should my child spend alone?

A: I totally agree with the above statement. It depends on the child. Some kids love spending time alone and forcing them to be social is as detrimental ...

4 years ago

Q: Does anyone answer the phone anymore?

A: We never answer the home phone as most people (work included) Skype us or email. Which means 99% of the time its cold callers. I think we are anti ...

4 years ago

Q: What is the most important subject to get 'right' in school?

A: Def Maths and critical thinking in whichever form that comes (should run through the whole of the curriculum). Maths is vital as many don't realise ...

4 years ago

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