The School Run

Ben Kirk

Welcome to the School Run Podcast where I will be sharing stories from former and current professional athletes, discussing their journey from childhood to where they are now. I want to share with you their stories and what made them successful. I’m Ben Kirk and I believe that every child enjoys being active and it is our job as parents, teachers, and coaches to help them find something they love and help them to continue being active into adulthood. Sport, PE, and physical activity have so much to offer, from developing skills and techniques to more personal qualities like teamwork, communication, and leadership. You will hear during the podcast episodes, just how it has shaped and benefited my inspirational guests. To find out more about me and my business Inspired Schools, please check below: - www.inspiredschools.co.uk - https://www.tiktok.com/@benkirk1984 - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-kirk-08448848/ - https://www.instagram.com/benkirk8/ - https://www.instagram.com/inspiredschools/ - https://twitter.com/benkirk8 - https://twitter.com/inspiredschools - https://www.facebook.com/inspiredschools read less
EducationEducation

Episodes

When should I let my child have a phone?
Oct 31 2022
When should I let my child have a phone?
When should your child be allowed a phone?   Do what is right for your children. Not you, to make your life easier!   Children are drawn in by trying to do things before they are supposed to. Drinking, smoking etc   Or because all their friends have a phone.   There doesn’t seem to be a right answer, but there are definitely wrong answers.   What were the concerns for our parents? Drinking, smoking,    I’m not a worrier by nature, I’m pretty laid back as a parent, but the digital world scares me.    Why?  Innaproriate use of social media, the internetNot having ‘real models’ as I spoke about last week 13 for social media. Roblox is the most popular online computer game in the UK for under-13s, according to a recent survey. It's free to use and it's a platform that lets you play millions of different games, or you can build your own game and let other people play it. It's played by more than 25 million children worldwide and many schools and institutions use it to teach children how to build games online. But I've been looking into a worrying rise in the number of children finding upsetting and harmful content on the site. I was playing Roblox and I was on a game where you work at a pizza place and two people were pressuring girls to do inappropriate stuff with them and if they did, they would get extra money in the game. Girl aged 14 7+ is the age limit. Then you have Fortnight - 13+ as well.  But the children in Primaries when it came out all knew the dances!  TikTok algorithm. The notice sets out the ICO's provisional view that TikTok breached UK data protection law between May 2018 and July 2020. The ICO investigation found the social platform may have: processed the data of children under the age of 13 without appropriate parental consentfailed to provide proper information to its users in a concise, transparent and easily understood wayprocessed special category data, without legal grounds to do so According to Ofcom, 44% of eight to 12-year-olds in the UK use TikTok, despite its policies forbidding under-13s on the platform. YouTube - Learning how to draw on YouTube Parental controlsGive them a phone without the internet.  Izzy is going to be disappointed when she gets her first one, when she’s 18!  The Social Dilemma The documentary examines how social media's design nurtures addiction to maximize profit and its ability to manipulate people's views, emotions, and behavior and spread conspiracy theories and disinformation. So social media is a big concern of mine. But also communicating with other children. What’s app and communicating with their friends.  - what’s app legal age requirement if 16! Pressure on parents By the time kids are in middle school, the pressure from kids can be intense, and parents worry that their child will feel isolated if other kids have phones and they don’t. According to Common Sense Media, 42 percent of kids have a phone by age 10. By age 12, it’s 71 percent. By 14, it’s 91 percent. And so when should your child get the first phone? At what age should a kid get their first phone? Return to menu Anywhere from 10 to 14, though there are valid reasons to give a child a phone earlier (they commute alone, or switch between two parents’ houses) or later (they’re not mature enough, have shown previous problems with tech overuse). There is not one magic age for every child, but we’ll help you find the sweet spot for your own family. Ultimately, the decision is up to the parent or guardian, who knows the child and their own child-rearing philosophy best. Mental Health crisis - children using phones in their bedrooms.  Can’t switch off.  Keeping up to date with the latest TikTok, or social media platform “If we are in a mental health crisis – which we are – and we have some factors that are really hard to change, like our educational system, and some factors that are really technically easy to change, like an algorithm or code, we should,” Radesky told me. “We should work with the tech companies to figure out what settings, what content filters, what guidance would help kids have healthy relationships with these social sites.” We live in a digital world, and I don’t the girls to miss out on opportunities that might arise in the future that might be around social media and tech, but not at the expense of being a child and having a rich childhood.  There is plenty of time to grow up!  They are only a child once.
Real Models Not Role Models
Oct 24 2022
Real Models Not Role Models
What is technology doing to our children?Real models vs role modelsWe need real models… What does real model vs role model mean?  Alex Scott said after the Lionesses won the Euros, they are real models and not role models. You can’t be what you can’t seeMore women in the media, particularly thinking of sport. Alex ScottAlex Hartley Isha GuaLaura WoodsDenise Lewis I’m ashamed to say that I googled this, to see who was broadcasting and who I’d missed, and the third result that came up was ‘the hottest 15 female broadcasters! Shocking! Perhaps this speaks to the point that Alex Scott is talking to, as a father of two girls, I want them to have real models, women that are pioneers and breaking down barriers for participation and also careers in previously a male-dominated industry. This leads me to social media and technology.  What is it doing to our children? Let’s start with social media as it links to ‘real models’.  Is it real?  You look at some of the people that have the biggest followings, the Kardashians.  Are they real, definitely not, so why do they get such a following?  I think this is really toxic.  We can get so wrapped up how we look, filters on social media being used so much that people are blurring into the background and what is this teaching children? Anything positive? Further to this young people injecting botox into their faces so they ‘look better', this cannot be healthy. Equally, if you are watching Love Island, but wouldn’t want your children going on the show, then you have to question yourself surely.  You are funding the programme, you are endorsing that careers exist following the programme.   Is this damaging the work ethic of society?  Children and young people see people making a living off of doing perceived little work and think that earning £20,000 a year is beneath them because of someone from love island making 6 figures through their endorsements…  Where are the grafters?  Are we in danger of people wanting everything now?   I want more money in my job…Ok, great, how are you going to bring more value into the business?Recruitment is so hard now, we used to get 50 applicants for a job, interview 8 and then recruit accordingly.  We learned some big lessons on what type of people we were looking for… Will vs Neil.  Sam A.Now - 8 applicants, none of which want to be interviewed or watched deliver a lesson! Back to social media…  And linking it last week’s episode about praising winning too much, we aren’t building personal skills that will make a difference to children growing up.  Depression, anxiety and mental ilnesses are at an all time high!  We are able to connect with more people than every before through the internet, but we are lonelier than we have ever been before. Whilst I am on almost all social media, I do think it is a dangerous place if it isn’t used safely and properly.  I don’t want the girls thinking that Kim Kardishian is a brilliant role, I want to look at Alex Scott, listen to her journey and be inspired by her drive and work ethic to get to where she is today, plus she is an Arsenal legend!   Further to this, social media isn’t going anywhere and so it is pointless to ignore it.  Creators now have a vehicle to make an income without having to be signed by a management company, studio, music label etc.  So more people have an opportunity to ‘make a career’ from this than ever before and I have now heard on two podcasts this week, one with Fearne Cotton and another with Richard Osman about how they approach devices and tech with their children.  Richard Osman actually saying that he is ok with his son gaming for large period of time, because if the active interest he shows on the stuff that happens behind the scenes to create a game and that he as a child, was fascinated by TV and he would spend hours watching it, but was always interested in the credits and finding out about what jobs there are in TV.  The same now with his son potentially finding a career in the gaming industry. I don’t disagree with any of this, I guess there just needs to be a balance.  Richard also said how he loved sports growing up, but being visually impaired found it difficult to access them.  If he were growing up again now, I would hope that provisos were put in place so that he could find joy in taking part in something that loved from a distance.  And the same for all children, we can’t solely rely on technology and gaming as hobbies for children.  They need to experience the outdoors, sports and physical activity and it is why it is more important now, than ever before for children to find something that they love and enjoy that will keep them healthy and active throughout their lives. I feel sad that kids today aren't aren’t having the kind of experience that we did in the 80s and 90s.  It would blow their minds. In a Good way - Matthew Marsden Careful we don’t fantasise too much about the old days, but it is hard not to appreciate the childhood I had, playing outdoors, no phones, no social mediaAs I said earlier, this is the loneliest generation we have ever had, and perhaps the art of calling for a friend being lost is part of the reason… Finally, it is 7 years ago today, at the time of recording that I lost my best friend, Luke.   Better Never StopsLegacyCharityImpact on me to this day
Character Over Cover Drive
Jan 17 2022
Character Over Cover Drive
I heard this phrase listening to Eddie Jones' book - 'Leadership - Lessons from my life in rugby'. It is the main topic this week and I will be unpacking what this means and how Eddie Jones described it, relating it to Christiano Ronaldo, Kevin Pietersen, and Shane Warne.  How players and children sometimes would rather look good and demonstrate skills rather than the character to be successful within a team environment or individual sport.  As always, I bring this back to children and what implications it has for parents, coaches, and teachers. The second section is focussing on opportunities and barriers that might exist, and prevent children from taking part in physical activity opportunities.  In my mind, I believe we need to do more to remove barriers to do all we can to help children and families be more active. I also look at how negative news is more profitable and how dangerous this is for young people going into the world of social media.  Having listened to Johan Hari, it is easy to see just how damaging social media can be if measures are not put into place to stop companies like Facebook from making money from people's attention on negative news, and the amount of time they spend online.   Finally, a bit of a moan on an experience I had this week. Do people actually want to work? I hope you enjoy this week's episode.  If you liked it, please bring a friend along next week, it would really mean a lot.  Have an awesome week and don't get sucked in by negative news.
Mark Garraway - Kevin Pietersen‘s Switch Hit
Dec 20 2021
Mark Garraway - Kevin Pietersen‘s Switch Hit
This was just one of many things we discussed, but certainly, one that stood out. The 2005 Ashes was an AMAZING summer, I loved that England cricket team, and Kevin Pietersen became a national hero as we took it to the Aussies for the first time in my life at that point.  Mark describes an innings in New Zealand, where KP got out quite cheaply, but more frustratingly for him was the manner of the innings, he let Scott Styris bowl at him, without taking the attack to him as he had done so many times in the past.  He sat on the balcony with Mark and they decided that he couldn't allow Scott Styris bowl at him like that again.  3 months into practicing a new shot, he faced Scott Styris again in an ODI, in England and the first and 3rd ball he faced from Styris, he 'Reverse hit' for 6.  And, changed the game of cricket forever! I love stories like this so much.  We only ever see the result, I had no idea it had taken that long for him to perfect the shot.  We often think of these superhumans, that have so much talent, that it is easy for them.  But actually, the reality is one of hard graft and 1000's of hours of practice, setbacks, tweaking, and honing their craft. My point is, if you want something, go and get it. But be prepared to work hard to achieve your goals, no one is going to give it to you, but opportunities are everywhere for the taking, don't give up. Mark is a wonderful coach and I certainly learned so much from this conversation.  With Mark being based down the road, I'm hoping our paths will cross again in the future and I can learn some more gems from him
Sue Wilkinson - Create a Legacy
Nov 29 2021
Sue Wilkinson - Create a Legacy
I love speaking to Sue, I’ve only met her 3 times, twice on Zoom and once in person.  I always feel motivated and enthused after our conversations, but more so it always reaffirms that we are on the right track with what we are doing as a business. We talked about so much in this episode, legacy, how Pe has changed over the years, but how it still remains so important in our eyes and much more.  It is our job to help schools realise the power of raising the profile of PE, physical activity and sport can have, if it’s put up there with Maths and English. Sue talked about a school in Wakefield where parents can book to go into the school and watch any lesson.  How cool is that?  On last week’s episode I talked about the journey back to human, and this is an amazing way to start doing this.  Bringing the community together in relation to sport and festivals, which I think is the easiest way to involve parents.  I think that schools can celebrate this more than they do, bring the community in to watch the wonderful things that are going ahead (thinking non-covid times here, but still possible outdoors).  We typically make quite a big deal of sports days; I am a big advocate of having an inclusive sports day AND a traditional competitive one.  If you embed festivals and competitions throughout the year, bring the community in and it will bring a huge amount of pride and enthusiasm into the school and the most important thing is that children will LOVE it. Plus, parents might see their children thrive in a different environment which they didn’t know they loved. The power of community. Take a look at the resources section of the AfPE website, there is so much in there to support you in your PE journey. https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/#
The journey back to human - Reflection on Steven Bartlett‘s book
Nov 15 2021
The journey back to human - Reflection on Steven Bartlett‘s book
When out running listening to Steven Bartlett's book 'Happy Sexy Millionnaire', I was inspired to record this episode to review and give my thoughts on one of the chapters 'The Journey Back to Human'. In this episode I take a look at some quotes from Steven's book about "Silicon Valley taking the life out of our lives" and how "18-37 year olds are the loneliest generation in human history".  I review this and give my take, relating it to PE, Sport and Physical Activity and how these three things can have a huge impact on our journey back to human, the importance of human interaction and the relationships that can be forged through sport. Have a think back to the most enjoyable parts of your life... For me, one was playing on the school playground with my friends, playing football, cricket, tag, 1,2,3 in and even street hockey at times.  Anything active, as long as we were together.  Amazing times.  We need to cherish these moments and schools should be putting PE right up there with English and Maths, because it will have a huge impact on the lives of young people and start our journeys back to human. I hope you enjoy the episode.  The links to Steven's book and podcast are below.  Hell, my book link is below as well, but get Steven's first! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happy-Sexy-Millionaire-Unexpected-Fulfilment/dp/B08666P6FK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=steven+bartlett&qid=1636838522&sr=8-1 https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-diary-of-a-ceo-with-steven-bartlett/id1291423644 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Healthy-Happy-School-performance-integrating-ebook/dp/B093ZSMW8R/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ben+kirk&qid=1636839023&sr=8-1 Enjoy.