no phone zone

create a phone free zone in your home

no phone zone drawstring bag now available to buy from shop!

the no phone zone drawstring bag for smartphones is now available to buy here!


made from his quality canvas, you can purchase the no phone zone drawstring bag for a special price in january!

the bag has a sliding fastener so is ideal to hang easily on any door handle or knob and create a no phone in your or your children’s bedrooms or your dining room. the side zipper allows easy access for your smartphone.

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dr martin lee is awarded nras healthcare champion award by prime minister


on wednesday 2nd november, dr martin lee travelled to london to receive a nras healthcare champion award from the prime minister, theresa may and ailsa bosworth mbe

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dr martin lee

dr martin lee is a consultant rheumatologist working in newcastle-upon-tyne. he has a specialist interest in young adult and adolescent care. he created the concept of no phone zone based upon his reflections that smartphone overuse (particularly at bedtime and during the night) appears to be having negative effects on his patient’s physical and psychological health.

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instagram and snapchat are damaging young people’s mental health

the #StatusofMind survey found that these image-focused social networks may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people and found that photo-sharing apps negatively impacted on people’s body image, sleep and fear of missing out (fomo).


instagram ‘worst for young people’s mental health’

a report by the royal society for public health found that instagram is the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people’s mental health as reported by this bbc article.

the rsph report concluded that ‘social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people.



the physical effects of lack of sleep

this article from highlights why sleep is so important in children and young adults.


we already know that smartphone use at night is directly linked to mental health disorders in children and young adults, but research has also linked lack of sleep to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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lack of sleep increases cortisol levels as well as levels of hormones that increase appetite and cravings for sugary foods. this in turn increases your risk of becoming overweight or obese and developing type 2 diabetes. having type 2 diabetes increases your risk of cardiovascular disease (including heart attacks and strokes), some forms of cancer and death! sleep well…



the health of our children

school bans social media over health concerns

this itv report discusses why a school in kent banned social media. this comes on the back of a world health organisation (who) report suggesting that the rise in the use of electronic media is having a negative impact on the health of young people.

the report states that spending too much time on electronic devices can have effects on mental health and sleep deprivation and has also been linked to an increase in childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.



does your mobile phone use harm your family life?

this bbc report on the hmc and digital awareness uk report suggests that 82% of pupils felt that meal times should be device-free, 22% said the use of mobiles stopped their families enjoying each other’s company and 36% had asked their parents to put down their phones!



can smartphone use at night have negative effects on physical health?

can smartphone use at night have an effect on our physical health?

dr michael mosley talks about the importance of sleep in this bbc programme available on player ‘the truth about sleep’

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smartphone use at night causes sleep disturbance and has a direct like to mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. lack of sleep is also a key factor in chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia. however, this programme explores how sleep disruption can lead to cortisol and other hormonal imbalances causing increase hunger and appetite. this in turn is associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes and subsequent cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) and well as some cancers.


do you use your phone when dining in a restaurant?

some recent research from ‘the dish’ found that 90% of brits said they find it rude when others use their phones during a meal and 83% would welcome a ‘no phone zone’ in restaurants.


66% of diners use their phone when dining out, spending an average of 7 minutes neglecting their fellow guests. 41% of people report regularly posting pictures of their food on social media (18% admit to posting about a meal on social media to make followers envious). the question i would ask is… who cares!?!


is your child on facebook?

if your child is on facebook, you may want to be aware of the blue whale challenge which encourages vulnerable children to self-harm and take their own lives



thought facebook was addictive? it is!

a recent dutch study found that participants looking at the facebook logo would have a desire to use the social media site.


this fits in with what we know already about e-media and social media use. previous studies have found that social media use releases chemicals in the brain (like dopamine) which are also released in people addicted to drugs like cocaine. This perhaps explains, at least in part, our society’s addiction to social media.


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