Raising Your Child in a Digital World - Essential tips from my book
Want to ditch your techno guilt and take the guesswork out of raising young kids in a digital age?
My blog posts below will help to eradicate your digital dilemmas.
In this podcast, Dr. Kristy talks about why it’s important to consider what children are watching on screens rather than focusing narrowly on how much. It’s more important to focus on ‘what’ and ‘when’ children are using screens and also why. But ‘what’ and ‘when’ is more important to consider than simply providing a time […]Read More
We’re seeing increasing numbers of cafés and shops that are refusing to serve people who are talking on their smartphones. We’re seeing restaurant diners getting exasperated when a nearby diner talks loudly on their phone. Loudly and inappropriately. There’s a rising opposition to people not showing good digital manners. So what are the basic rules […]Read More
As school resumes throughout Australia for students, many parents have been busy organising school supplies (I’ve been part of this mania too as a [nervous] first-time school-mum). But school bags and homework routines now look a little different. Instead of book lists, many schools have app lists. Textbooks are being replaced by tablets. Homework often […]Read More
Given that our children are spending more and more time with screens (and often from an earlier age) many parents and health professionals are worried about the long-term and developmental impacts on children’s eye health. So in this Podcast, I share five simple tips to minimize the potential harmful effects of excessive or inappropriate use […]Read More
Our digital devices have become the cornerstone of our lives. We rely on them every day. But the more we rely on these devices, the less we rely on our brains. And our memory-making capacity changes as a result. Our digital habits are literally altering the architecture of our brain What is digital dementia? “Digital Dementia”, is […]Read More
Do you worry about your child’s increasing exposure to WiFi? Everywhere we turn these days it appears that there are signs advertising “Free WiFi”. Up until recently, I thought this increasing WiFi access was great. I could literally use my devices anywhere, anytime. We don’t yet know the long-term health consequences of EMR exposure. Especially when […]Read More
Everywhere we look these days there are signs announcing “Free WiFi”. In cafes, restaurants, hotels, airports and even department stores. Up until recently, I thought this increasing WiFi access was great. I could literally use my devices anywhere, anytime. But the more I learn about risk of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) (this is what our WiFi […]Read More
In our screen-saturated world we’re often living in a perpetual state of distraction and so too are our children. And this impacts on our brains and our capacity to learn. You see, we cannot learn if we’re constantly distracted.Read More
Santa’s sack will look different this year… The toys that Santa will stuff in his sack this year will look very different to the toys that he used to deliver, even only a couple of years ago (and very different to the toys that we received when we were kids. Yes, I still have […]Read More
I need your attention not your iPhone It’s becoming a common sight seeing toddlers and young children staring at smartphones at a restaurant table. But I’m worried we’re accepting this as “the norm”. That this is just part of modern family life. It’s becoming accepted practice. And not just at the end […]Read More
Our kids live in a digital smorgasbord where they’re drooling over screens for increasing periods of time each day. And this digital bombardment is changing their attention. Yet as humans, our attention is one of our most precious commodities. It’s non-renewable and essential to thrive in 21st Century, but in today’s digital world it’s so […]Read More
The recent siege in Sydney is upsetting for adults, so we must be even more mindful of what our children are being exposed to directly or even indirectly through the media and also their peers. Here are my tips when there’s distressing world events reported in the news: 1. Even though it’s difficult to do, try to avoid exposing […]Read More