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Talking Together - Is your family distracted by Technology?

Almost everything we do involves speech, language and communication. Communication helps children express their likes and dislikes, interact with others and learn at school. Yet so many of us take these skills for granted.

We know that parents are essential in supporting their child's speech, language and communication skills and small changes can make a big difference. The aim of this campaign is to increase awareness of the importance of face-to-face communication by encouraging everyone to take the time to talk, listen and play with their children and teenagers.

Some of the key messages of ‘Talking Together’ will be:

  • The distraction of technology
  • The power of play
  • Tea time is talking time
  • The magic of books
  • Summer sun fun
  • Let’s talk about dummies

Each month there will be a different theme with social media messages, information and ‘Top Tips’ for parents. With the support of our local schools and nurseries there will be fun challenges for children and families to take part in.

‘Talking Together’ is being launched by the Integrated Services for Children with Additional Needs (ISCAN), Pupil Support Services, Public Health and the Early Years Team. It is supported by local Children Centres, Private Day Nurseries and Primary and Secondary Schools in Tameside and Glossop.


Our first challenge is a competition to design a poster for a 'no phone zone' at school. We would like an area in our outdoor environment where mobile phones are not allowed to be used by anyone in order to support face to face communication.


We will be sending home a template for children to design a poster - the winning poster will be the official sign for the zone! Templates will be sent home with your child on Friday 19th May. CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 26TH MAY!

Good Luck!


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