Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

Finding a healthy balance of time online without techno tantrums and conflict

Month: February 2013

Interactive TV

Feb 25, 2013
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  Thanks to significant technological advancements, interactive children’s TV is now real. In 2012 Microsoft, in conjunction with Sesame Street released ‘Kinect Sesame Street TV’. Using the Kinect, the motion- and voice-sensing controller, young children can now interact with TV characters. For example Elmo will catch a talking ball if you throw it to him, or […]

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Educational TV: Does it Really Exist?

Feb 19, 2013
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TV is still the most popular form of media that young children consume despite the advent of new technologies like the iPad and a range of techno-toys. However, TV has long been criticised for having a negative impact on children’s learning and development. Parents will be pleased (and relieved) to know that there is increasing research […]

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Appy Parents Part 2: Website & Blog Reviews

Feb 13, 2013
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Websites & Blogs-In our last blog I shared suggestions about ‘apps for finding apps’. Yes, there are apps for just about EVERYTHING, so it is little wonder that there are apps for parents to use to find apps for their children. In addition to ‘apps for apps’ there are also websites that parents (and teachers) […]

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Guilt-Free TV: Essential Information for Parents

Feb 11, 2013
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Despite the popularity of video games and more recently the advent of the iPad, TV viewing is still the main type of media that young children use. In Australia each household has an average of 2.2 TVs and children aged between 3 and 5 years watch more than 3 hours of TV/day on average. Therefore, it is […]

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Appy Parents: Apps for Finding Quality Children’s Apps

Feb 5, 2013
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Finding Apps and App Reviews  As noted in an earlier blog about quality educational apps, parents (and teachers) are faced with the difficult and confusing task of selecting the best apps for their children. With over 700 000 apps in the iTunes App Store alone, this is an onerous task.  This blog post will direct […]

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