My new book The Awesome Power of Sleep is out now.

Win a free copy of Life Online! SIX copies to give away!

Walker Books are offering The Teenage Guide to Life Online to THREE lucky winners! (And so am I, so read to the end of this message.)

Here’s what you need to do to enter the Walker Books comp:

  1. Find their tweet from Jan 2nd, which you should find if you click that image on the left.
  2. RT it and follow @WalkerBooksUK
  3. DO THIS BY 23.59 (GMT) on January 9th!

Here’s what you need to do to enter MY comp:

  1. Add a pick me comment below, also by 23.59 GMT on Jan 9th
  2. The next day, I will use a random number generator to select three winners. Then I’ll say here who won and ask the winners to give me their details for posting. Anyone can enter but I will only post to a UK address, I’m afraid.

And to those of you thinking that the BBC should have invited me onto the news programmes today to talk about the new screen-time research, they DID! I just couldn’t get to a BBC studio in time. Bah! But I’m going to write about this research and my informed reactions to it as soon as possible. So, watch this space. (Well, not this space – that would be weird – but this website.) My next two weeks are colossal – off to Turkey to work in a school – but I will do this asap as it’s VERY important. It also needs a nuanced reaction, which is what you’ll get from me.

Meanwhile, if you’ve read The Teenage Guide to Life Online, you’ll know whether I agree or not with the conclusions of the research. Can you guess?

Don’t forget: The Teenage Guide to Life Online is not only for teenagers. In fact, the main people who should read it are adults, who need to know the score and model healthy screen use before attempting to control their teenagers and children’s use. My book covers the phenomenal positives of life online, as well as what we know and don’t know about the possible downsides.

Gosh, I wish I’d been available for that BBC coverage!

Anyway, add your “pick me” entry below and, if you want, let me know what you think I think about screen time!


For transparency, here was my method: I allocated a number to each comment, 1-8, in the order they came. I then went onto an online random number generator and asked for three numbers from 1-8. And this is what appeared:

So, the winners are commenters 4 (Lena), 5 (Jennifer) and 1 (Claire)! I’m so pleased for you all and so disappointed for the rest!

Could the winners please contact me (through the contact page of my website) and let me know where to send your book, whether you’d like it signed (and to whom) and whether you’d also like some posters and cards for a school?

Thank you all and have a very lucky, healthy 2019!




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9 Responses

  1. Pick me please…Claire Skaptason. I have just finished Positively Teenage which I am now passing to my children and recommending to all the teachers and sixth formers I work with. I would love to read a teenager’s guide to life online. Thanks

  2. Pick me please! This sounds like such an important book for both children and adults to read as we spend so much time with technology these days, it sounds like such an insightful read.

  3. Pick me, please. I love your writing and ideas and have used them a lot in school. I have also just read your backstory on your website and realised that we have an awful lot in common. Lena Carter (@lenabellina)

  4. Pick me, would love to add this new title to the Edinburgh Escape,Connect, Relate Bibliotherapy resources.

  5. Thank you all so much for entering! This is the part I love and hate – love telling people they’ve won and hate disappointing those who haven’t! I honestly wanted to give you ALL a free book and your lovely comments meant you all deserved one. But sadly, I can’t.

    I am about to add the results into the post above. Hang on a sec…..

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