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Matt Thrower
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Matt Thrower

Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, UK
I really have no idea what to put in these boxes. Ex-biologist, now mixing IT consultancy & freelance journalism. When I'm not working or with my family, I play games. Lots of games. Board games, card games, video games. Games.

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Parent. Gamer. Coder. Writer.
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  • Questions 0
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  • Followers 6
  • Follows 4
  • Votes given 10
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14Feb
Will the Year of Code be good for your children?

It's an absurd charade. The solution is simple - have properly qualified computer science teachers teach it properly in schools instead of pointless, ...

12Feb

No. They should not. The

12Feb
Should schools like Eton encourage kids from poorer backgrounds?

I won a scholarship to do A-levels at a public school, but turned it down because a tour and a chat with staff and pupils revealed a narrow-minded, ...

05Feb
Tests aged four? Just let them play!

The UK government recently ...

03Feb
Is there still a place in today’s society for corporal punishment?

Interesting question. I was subjected to occasional corporate punishment as a child. I'm not sure that one can really make an unbiased judgement as ...

27Jan
Enjoy awesome games on the cheap

Hardware at the forefront of modern videogaming is eye-wateringly expensive. But parents of gaming-hungry teens should know that many of the ...

23Jan
Why Tiger Mom got a raw deal

In 2011, Amy Chua became either the instant hero or instant villain of parents worldwide with the publication of her book

03Dec
Can you recommend some unusual family games for Christmas?

Lots of good suggestions, but some of them - Junta in particular - are a bit long and complex for family games. I've even had trouble with teaching ...

03Dec

No, it shouldn't. Firstly, the research - if you read it rather than the headlines - is a study of mostly teen and adult males and females. It should ...

03Dec
If male and female brains are different, should schooling be single sex?

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

03Dec
Can you recommend some unusual family games for Christmas?

Christmas is traditionally family time. But alongside the gathering of kin there are usually less welcome yuletide rituals, like overlong sessions of ...

02Dec
Should children have their own tablets?

As kids grow, the clamour for them to have their own consumer electronics becomes louder and, eventually, unstoppable. But while we might agree that ...

08Nov

When my son was a pre-schooler, Christmas mornings were filled with mountains of presents; hours would be spent opening little packs of building ...

07Nov
What board games will you playing on Christmas day?

Depends what ends up under the tree. I'm totally in love with the little models for ...

28Oct
Which are the best Halloween videogames for kids?

Video games are the apex of horror media: more visceral than books, more nuanced than film. Most horror games are too gory or scary for children, but ...

07Oct
Should I be teaching my children to beware of strangers online?

Get Safe Online Week is later this month, promoting safer use of the internet amongst children. I wonder why this is deemed necessary when parents ...

10Sep
What are your favourite fun activities to connect with your kids?

Board games. Forget Cluedo and Monopoly. Play Pandemic or Forbidden Island (or Whoowasit for younger ones) instead, simple, fast ( < 60 minutes) ...

10Sep
Will there be a cure for cancer in our kids' life times?

I'm afraid this is partial pie-in-the-sky stuff because what we call "cancer" isn't one disease - it's many diseases that have the same ultimate ...

Q: Tests aged four? Just let them play!

A: The UK government recently announced that it was extending its testing framework to reception children. From 2016, four-year-olds in their first ...

3 years ago

Q: Is there still a place in today’s society for corporal punishment?

A: Interesting question. I was subjected to occasional corporate punishment as a child. I'm not sure that one can really make an unbiased judgement as ...

3 years ago

Q: Enjoy awesome games on the cheap

A: Hardware at the forefront of modern videogaming is eye-wateringly expensive. But parents of gaming-hungry teens should know that many of the most ...

3 years ago

Q: Why Tiger Mom got a raw deal

A: In 2011, Amy Chua became either the instant hero or instant villain of parents worldwide with the publication of her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger ...

3 years ago

Q: If male and female brains are different, should schooling be single sex?

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

3 years ago

Q: Can you recommend some unusual family games for Christmas?

A: Christmas is traditionally family time. But alongside the gathering of kin there are usually less welcome yuletide rituals, like overlong sessions of ...

3 years ago

Q: Should children have their own tablets?

A: As kids grow, the clamour for them to have their own consumer electronics becomes louder and, eventually, unstoppable. But while we might agree that ...

3 years ago

Q: What board games will you playing on Christmas day?

A: Depends what ends up under the tree. I'm totally in love with the little models for ...

3 years ago

Q: Which are the best Halloween videogames for kids?

A: Video games are the apex of horror media: more visceral than books, more nuanced than film. Most horror games are too gory or scary for children, but ...

3 years ago

Q: Should I be teaching my children to beware of strangers online?

A: Get Safe Online Week is later this month, promoting safer use of the internet amongst children. I wonder why this is deemed necessary when parents ...

3 years ago

Q: What are your favourite fun activities to connect with your kids?

A: Board games. Forget Cluedo and Monopoly. Play Pandemic or Forbidden Island (or Whoowasit for younger ones) instead, simple, fast ( < 60 minutes) ...

3 years ago

Q: Will there be a cure for cancer in our kids' life times?

A: I'm afraid this is partial pie-in-the-sky stuff because what we call "cancer" isn't one disease - it's many diseases that have the same ultimate ...

3 years ago

Q: How can you have a satisfying career and be an attentive parent?

A: I would suggest alertness medication. Caffeine, possibly even amphetamines should you know where to get them. Then work all night when the kids are ...

3 years ago

Q: Is co-sleeping safe and what are the benefits?

A: We chose not to co-sleep with either of our children, in spite of otherwise being fairly high-maintenance, close-contact parents. The reason was very ...

3 years ago

Q: Do fish oil tablets have any actual effect on behaviour?

A: Since the 1990s, there’s been health fad for omega-3 supplements, largely from fish, but also vegetarian alternatives like plant oils. Like most ...

3 years ago

Q: Are the 'terrible twos' a myth?

A: Parenting has more that its fair share of labels, categories and misinformation. One of the best known is the 'terrible twos', used to petrify the ...

3 years ago

Q: Is 10 too young to receive sex education classes?

A: Totally not. Not least because parents in the western world seem uniquely ill-equipped to do the job themselves. I have never spoken to my eldest, ...

3 years ago

Q: Do you need a degree to compete in the modern knowledge economy?

A: I once worked with a temp who was as well qualified as me. So why was I enjoying the first steps of a career while she was doing casual work? The ...

3 years ago

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