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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.

Why Background TV Isn’t Healthy For Little Ones

Aug 26, 2015
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Leaving the TV switched on throughout the day is commonplace in many homes. It’s often just the “done” thing.   So parents are often quite shocked to learn that there are unintended consequences of “background TV” on their child’s development. I live by the mantra by Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better.” I […]

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Is Background Music Okay for Kids?

Aug 12, 2015
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Is background music helpful or harmful?   Parents are often shocked to learn that background TV can be detrimental to children’s development. In many homes, background TV is like the soundtrack for everyday life and seems quite benign.   So it comes as quite a shock to most parents to discover that background TV can have […]

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The Mumpreneur Show: Dr. Kristy Goodwin on raising digital kids, best apps for kids, business challenges and being mum

Aug 4, 2015
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I got interviewed on the Mumpreneur Show podcast where I talked about raising digital kids, best apps for kids, business challenges and being mum Shownotes from Mumpreneur  Show Podcast: Dr Kristy Goodwin is an expert on kids and technology. She is the Director of Every Chance to Learn, she runs practical and engaging workshops and seminars […]

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Boost your baby’s BQ – Dr Kristy Goodwin says baby’s brains need to see your face

Jul 30, 2015
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  How to boost your Baby’s Baby Quotient (BQTM), to promote optimal brain development and give your baby the best chance in life. Early Childhood Development Researcher and manduca ambassador, Dr. Kristy Goodwin, explains her top tips to maximize your baby’s BQ.  1.      Put away your smartphone – babies need laps not apps! Dr. Goodwin explains that many […]

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Response to 60 Minutes Episode: Toddler Tech Addition?

Jul 29, 2015
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The 60 Minutes episode called Screen Addicts has caused much concern amongst parents and early childhood educators. I’ve been inundated with parents of young children asking me to share my insights so I thought this blog post would answer some of your questions and help guide you in terms of how to manage children’s screen-time […]

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Why Kids’ Bedrooms Need To Be Tech-Free Zones

Jul 13, 2015
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Now this post certainly won’t make me popular with many parents and it certainly won’t be popular with kids, but it’s nonetheless important.   In this episode I discuss why it’s important for children’s bedrooms to be “tech-free” spaces. In an ideal world this means no gadgets in bedrooms at all.  No TV, iPads, gaming consoles.  Absolutely nothing. […]

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Why screen-time is NOT the most important thing ?

Jul 2, 2015
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  As a children’s technology, learning and development researcher one of the most common questions I’m asked relates to “screen-time”. It’s something we all grapple with as parents and educators too.   So in this post I discuss why the “how much screen-time” question is not as important, as two other questions. How much is […]

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Do Pre-Schoolers Really Need Literacy Apps?

Jun 18, 2015
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As busy parents we often hand over our smartphone or tablet to our preschooler while we scramble to make a phone call or cook dinner. We’ve often downloaded “educational apps” and figure that these are a better alternative to watching You Tube videos or playing “games” on the iPad. Right?   But are they really […]

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Screaming or Screening: Children’s Self-regulation in an Age of Screens

Jun 1, 2015
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It’s certainly very tempting to hand over an iPhone to a screaming toddler when every other trick, distraction and strategy has failed to calm them down, or ease their frustration. Many modern parents admit to using iPads and iPhones to avert a meltdown or tantrum.   But as a children’s technology and development expert (and a mum!) […]

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How Technology’s Changing Our Relationships

Apr 12, 2015
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One of our fundamental desires, as humans, is to connect with other humans. I call it “Vitamin C”- connection. It’s a universal need to connect. From the moment we’re born, we want (and need) to connect with other humans. We’re literally wired to connect and interact.   So it’s not surprising that the neuroscience confirms […]

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Are Your Kids Suffering from Digital Dementia?

Apr 8, 2015
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Our digital devices are not only changing the ways we live, but they’re also changing the ways that our brains work too.   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 […]

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Are headphones safe for my child?

Mar 10, 2015
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As any parent (or teacher) knows, getting your child to listen is hard. Really hard at times. “Selective deafness” infuriates parents and teachers alike. But this problem is compounded when children have mp3 players (iPhones and iPods) constantly attached to their ears. Many parents joke that their child’s hearing capacity has been hampered by all of the […]

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