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Simon Munk
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Simon Munk

Walthamstow
Work life: Specialist in consumer technology, videogames, cycling and outdoors products. Award-winning journalist. Experienced copywriter. Competent videogame script editor and writer. Half-finished novelist. Mediocre tea maker. Home life: Father of two outdoorsy, Woodcraft Folk kids, resident of Walthamstow, local community and cycling activist. Vegetarian. Lefty.

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Consumer tech journalist, mountain biker, dad of two.
www.simonmunk.co.uk

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  • Questions 1
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  • Followers 24
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  • Votes given 50
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13Feb
Should schools like Eton encourage kids from poorer backgrounds?

Kelly, I'm glad you're involved in your local community in other ways. And I'm sorry for the length of rant I've gone off on - wasn't intentional. I ...

13Feb
Should schools like Eton encourage kids from poorer backgrounds?

Cliff, I'm not defining society. Society is a fairly standardised definition - it's every single person in a specific area (nation/state etc.), all ...

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

I don't think any child should go to Eton. But nor do I think any child should go to any private school. I think all private schools should be ...

14Jan
Should we ever express any negativity towards education in front of our kids?

Of course we should express negativity towards education - if it warrants it. And we certainly shouldn't be trying to stifle our children's ...

14Jan

We openly discuss topics surrounding education and schooling at home, allowing the children an independent voice and a sense of efficacy. It is not ...

08Jan
If male and female brains are different, should schooling be single sex?

I'd rather teachers were trained appropriately in gender issues - so we didn't need to separate kids by gender. It doesn't send out a good message, ...

27Dec
Why 2014 will be the year of the quantified family

"Quantified self" gadgets are ones that track and, well, quantify you your activity, your heartrate, your location and much more. Expect ...

05Dec
If male and female brains are different, should schooling be single sex?

Thanks for pointing that out Holly - edited my copy now - teaches me to read the research and story properly!

04Dec
How to stop my teenager's texting addiction?

1. A mobile phone is a privilige not a right. If she misuses it, tell her it goes for a day. I certainly think there's something going wrong if you ...

04Dec
Can you recommend some unusual family games for Christmas?

Scott - it's not just for Xmas, it's for any time you want a massive family argument and have someone throw pieces in the air. Or was that just my ...

04Dec
Can you recommend some unusual family games for Christmas?

Matt, never had a Cheapass game that sucks - I've had some that became firm family favourites, some that only got a few plays. I also think Junta and ...

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

There's been an explosion in great and alternative board games over the last few years. In fact, the picture you use is of Settlers Of Catan - which ...

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

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

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

11Nov
Is it so hard to be an ‘ethical parent’?

I hope, I believe I'm a fairly ethical parent. Of course I've got my foibles and failures, but I generally think I'm pretty serious about my ethics. ...

31Oct
What are the big family friendly videogames this Christmas?

There's lots for gamepad-happy kids of all ages this Christmas. So ignore the Xbox One, PS4 and (largely) Wii U, forget about Call Of Duty, Grand ...

17Oct
How we can we keep kids connected to nature throughout winter?

Everyone knows being out in nature is a good thing for kids. But it's increasingly rare. A three-year study from the RSPB has found a mere one in ...

16Oct
Do you think going trick-or-treating is dangerous?

I don't think trick or treating is inherently dangerous - any more dangerous than crossing the road in the dark is in general. So apply the same ...

Q: Should we ever express any negativity towards education in front of our kids?

A: Of course we should express negativity towards education - if it warrants it. And we certainly shouldn't be trying to stifle our children's ...

3 years ago

Q: Why 2014 will be the year of the quantified family

A: "Quantified self" gadgets are ones that track and, well, quantify you your activity, your heartrate, your location and much more. Expect them to leap ...

3 years ago

Q: How to stop my teenager's texting addiction?

A: 1. A mobile phone is a privilige not a right. If she misuses it, tell her it goes for a day. I certainly think there's something going wrong if you ...

3 years ago

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

A: There's been an explosion in great and alternative board games over the last few years. In fact, the picture you use is of Settlers Of Catan - which ...

3 years ago

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

A: 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 ...

3 years ago

Q: Is it so hard to be an ‘ethical parent’?

A: I hope, I believe I'm a fairly ethical parent. Of course I've got my foibles and failures, but I generally think I'm pretty serious about my ethics. ...

3 years ago

Q: What are the big family friendly videogames this Christmas?

A: There's lots for gamepad-happy kids of all ages this Christmas. So ignore the Xbox One, PS4 and (largely) Wii U, forget about Call Of Duty, Grand ...

3 years ago

Q: How we can we keep kids connected to nature throughout winter?

A: Everyone knows being out in nature is a good thing for kids. But it's increasingly rare. A three-year study from the RSPB has found a mere one in ...

3 years ago

Q: Do you think going trick-or-treating is dangerous?

A: I don't think trick or treating is inherently dangerous - any more dangerous than crossing the road in the dark is in general. So apply the same ...

3 years ago

Q: Would you invite the entire class for your kid's birthday party?

A: We did invite an entire class to our eldest daughter's reception year birthday. We kind of wanted to do it to ensure she had the maximum possible ...

3 years ago

Q: Is work/life balance seen as a 'mum' concern?

A: Sadly yes. I know too many couples where the man still heads off to full-time work while the woman juggles the tatters of her career with part-time ...

3 years ago

Q: Is it time for parents to grow up?

A: No, no and hell no. 1. Cliff's idea that Grand Theft Auto V is somehow for the kids is idiotic - it's an 18-rated game. Even if it ends up in the ...

3 years ago

Q: Should I allow my son to play with toy guns?

A: We don't buy our children toy guns. But we do buy them foam axes and water pistols, let them play with stick ⋆guns⋆ and let them make "pow pow" ...

3 years ago

Q: Any ideas for holidays with an 18 month old toddler?

A: Just about anywhere can be fun with an 18 month old. All they want to do at that age is play in some mud/sand/whatever and wobble about a bit, then ...

3 years ago

Q: How can parents judge what makes a 'good school'?

A: OK, so I'm going to give two answers here: 1. Go visit, talk to the head, look around. This, more than anything else, is going to give you a **vibe** ...

3 years ago

Q: Are school uniforms really that necessary?

A: School uniforms, to my experience, are a good thing. I went to a secondary without one, and it dramatically multiplied the ways kids could rank ...

3 years ago

Q: Which London borough has the best schools?

A: Sorry, but this question stinks. And here's why: 1. The price differential for even rented accommodation in London is huge between boroughs. Most ...

3 years ago

Q: Is there a link between playing videogames and childhood obesity?

A: No. Among the mess of evidence and studies on childhood obesity, there's little to link playing videogames with obese kids. Some studies even point ...

3 years ago

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