Privacy Policy

What are cookies?

The website uses cookies. This is common practice for nearly all professional websites and makes the website work properly.

Cookies are very small files that are downloaded to your computer when you visit a website such as

This page will tell you why use cookies, what information they collect and how we use the information. It also tells you how you can block cookies, although doing this will stop websites such as from working as they are designed to.

For more information about cookies, please read the Wikipedia article: HTTP Cookies.

How uses cookies uses cookies for a range of reasons. We have thought carefully about each cookie that is set on the website.

PurposeCookie nameDetails
Google Analytics__utma, __utmb, __utmc & __utmzThese cookies are placed by Google Analytics to collect statistical data on how people are using the website. They track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. They automatically expire either immediately or after between 30 minutes to 2 years.
YouTubeVISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox, PREFWe sometimes add YouTube videos on this website. When we do this, YouTube set some third party cookies to track information such as the number of people who view the video on For example, it uses this information on the hit counter for the video that appears on the main YouTube website. The cookies expire after between 8 months and 10 years. You can read more in the YouTube Privacy Policy.
LinkedInX-LI-DDC, X-LI-IDC, L1eThe social buttons on product pages and articles allow you to share the content of our website with the social networks you use. LinkedIn set cookies when you load a page on the website containing their social sharing button.
Google MapsNIDIf you visit the Contact page then Google will place a cookie when the Google map is displayed. This automatically expires after 1 day.
WordPress commentscomment_author_[x], comment_author_email_[x] & comment_author_url_[x]WordPress (the software used to power the will use these if you leave a comment on our articles. This means that you won’t need to re-type your name and email address again when you want to leave another comment – won’t do anything with the information that is collected. The cookies expire after just under 1 year.
Affiliate linksVariousThe website earns money through affiliate commission. If you click on a link to one of the products we recommend for 2 year old children then a cookie will be placed to tell the affiliate company that you found the product on the website. If you go on to buy the product, or another product on the same website, then this will allow to receive affiliate commission. We use Amazon. You can find more information about Amazon’s privacy policy here.

How to disable cookies

You can stop cookies from being set by changing the settings in your web browser – see your web browser’s Help pages for instructions on how to do this. It is possible to delete the cookies already set from your hard drive. Please be aware that disabling cookies will affect the way in which the website works, as well as many other websites you use. Although some websites use cookies for unethical reasons, most cookies are helpful. We recommend that you leave cookies switched on if you’re not sure whether or not you need them, as this makes sure you don’t miss out.

All About Cookies provides more information on how to reject cookies, and the Network Advertising Initiative offers advice on declining other online behavioural advertising.