An NHS health visitor in Kent has developed a new app to encourage parents to interact with their children.
Traditional toys and playing games are on the decline with more and more parents leaving their children to either watch television or play with iPads - which is claimed, impacts their development.
ITV Meridian spoke to Health Visitor Julia Haynes.
More than twenty three thousand children in Kent have been given lessons alerting them to the dangers of the internet. The e-safety lessons were funded by the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and were delivered in schools, shopping centres and mobile police stations.
Whilst the visits are predominantly in primary schools, they have also taken place at libraries, Scout and Guide groups, shopping centres and mobile police stations.
Since beginning in March 2014, 346 inputs were delivered in the first twelve months, engaging with a total of 23,286 children. In addition, 77 inputs were delivered to parents.
Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after Christmas lights were stolen from a Poole children’s hospice.
At 8.55pm on Tuesday 9 December 2014, thieves stole Christmas lights from the front garden of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Springdale Road in the Broadstone area of the town.
Police Constable Garry Weston said: “We know that a small light-coloured car or delivery van pulled up outside the hospice and a man got out of the passenger seat and walked toward the grounds of Julia’s House.
"The van left the scene and the offender was seen to walk into the grounds of Julia’s house before leaving carrying the lights.
“This was a despicable crime on a hospice which offers day and respite care for children with life limiting illnesses.
“I urge anyone who saw the incident or has any information about those responsible to contact Dorset Police in confidence.”
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The road safety day at Malmesbury Park Primary School was organised by officers from Charminster and Queens Park Safer Neighbourhood Team. Police Constable Jo Murphy and Police Community Support Officer Rich Frew visited the school and gave a presentation on road safety and awareness.
All students at the school were also issued with a flashing reflective light to wear while travelling to and from school.