Using Twitter hurts athletes" performance, says Lord Coe as he attacks Olympic failures

Using Twitter hurts athletes' performance, says Lord Coe as he attacks Olympic failuresLord Coe said he found a 'high correlation' between tweeting and underperformanceThinly veiled attack against Olympic diver and keen tweeter Tom Daley By Hannah Roberts PUBLISHED: 01:23 GMT, 31 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:52 GMT, 31 December 2012 Lord Coe has attacked sports stars who use Twitter too much, saying it is linked to ‘underperformance’. The Olympics organiser, who has been made a Companion of Honour in the New Year honours list, said he found it ‘bizarre’ that athletes spent their time writing banal comments online during competitions instead of concentrating on winning medals.

Growing army of e-grandparents: Half now send emails regularly and a quarter own a laptop

Growing army of e-grandparents: Half now send emails regularly and a quarter own a laptopOlder generation increasingly tech-savvy, according to new researchGrandchildren regularly use social media, e-mail and texting to stay in touchA quarter of those surveyed now own a laptop PUBLISHED: 22:35 GMT, 27 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 Hi kids: Around 78 per cent of grandparents say they are competent in online communication. File picture Half of Brits now keep in touch with grandparents and elderly relatives by text message, email and even Facebook, a study has revealed. Instead of picking up the phone, many are now using social networking sites to update their relatives, with nearly a quarter of grannies claiming they are regular users of Facebook

Schoolboy, 14, suffers dented SKULL saving 13-year-old girl from thug who battered them with metal bar in unprovoked attack

Schoolboy, 14, suffers dented SKULL saving 13-year-old girl from thug who battered them with metal bar in unprovoked attackCallum Leonard helped Jessica Wilde as man attacked them near schoolHe suffered 5cm gash to front of his head and 4cm wound above his ear Jessica left with 7cm cut and grazes over her scalp as they fled onslaughtWere so frightened they ran for 15 minutes before stopping, says his motherWest Midlands Police appeal for information as they launch manhuntDetective: Psychological scars from 'brutal' attack will take some time to heal | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 11 December 2012 A hero schoolboy suffered a dented skull as he helped his female friend escape a thug who battered them with a metal bar in an unprovoked attack, it emerged today. Callum Leonard, 14, grabbed Jessica Wilde, 13, as she lay on the ground after they were set upon by a man in his 20s. They had been sat on a playing field near Wallbank Primary School in Tipton, Birmingham, texting friends when the man launched at them at 5.40pm on November 20

Text messages in decline: Twitter and instant messaging become most popular ways to communicate via phone

SMS SOS! Text messages mark 20-year anniversary but have ALREADY been overtaken by Twitter and instant messaging Number of texts sent annually has fallen by one billion since last yearExperts say new ways of communicating – such as Tweeting and instant messaging – are taking over | UPDATED: 23:53 GMT, 2 December 2012 Addictive: Text messages took the world by storm in 1998, but less than two decades later it is in decline as new forms of messaging have become more popular A revolutionary form of communication is in decline – just 20 years after it changed the way that people interact with each other.

Top marks! Ofsted hails turnaround at school that outlawed mobile phones

Top marks! Ofsted hails turnaround at schools that outlawed mobile phonesPupils are forbidden from making calls, texting or using online messagingStaff at the boys’ school say the difference in behaviour has been ‘dramatic’Chief inspector of schools calls for mobiles to be barred from classrooms | UPDATED: 22:59 GMT, 26 November 2012 A school has been hailed for improving discipline and cracking down on bullying – by banning mobile phones.