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Simple Solutions to Stop Screens Sabotaging Sleep

Jun 22, 2019
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Sleep is vital for kids’ and teens’ optimal health, wellbeing, learning and development. They need both good quality sleep and an adequate amount of sleep. Yet research tells us that many kids and teens aren’t getting a sufficient amount of sleep and/or good quality of sleep. And of the chief reasons why (but certainly not […]

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Why is my child obsessed with YouTube?

May 21, 2019
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YouTube and YouTube Kids have now replaced TV as the chief source of entertainment for both kids and teens. This media juggernaut (which has over 300 videos uploaded to its platform every single minute!) has kids of all ages flocking to it and it has left many parents confused and concerned about its appeal and […]

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Simple Hacks to Tame Your Inbox

May 3, 2019
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Are you frustrated that you can’t ever achieve inbox zero?  Are you overwhelmed by the amount of time you dedicate to email every.single.day? Are you sick of the incessant ping of your inbox? Or maybe you’ve suffered from that post-holiday feeling of panic when you’re greeted by a bulging inbox upon your return to work? […]

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Body Image in an Age of Selfies & Social Media

Apr 12, 2019
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We’ve long worried about the challenges kids and teens face forming healthy body images from the unrealistic images depicted in the media. There’s an established history with the media bombaring kids and teens with unrealistic, sexualised, and stereotypical images and messages about bodies. Today, given the popularity of social media and selfies, these concerns are […]

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The Naked Truth: Kids, Teens, Pornography and Screens

Mar 5, 2019
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  WARNING- Content is this blog post may distress some readers. It addresses the issue of pornography.   Pornpgraphy isn’t new.  In years gone by pornography was available to young people via Playboy magazines (‘hidden’ at the back of the local newsagents), or via VHS videos and more recently via DVDs. What’s new however, is […]

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What ‘free’ apps for preschoolers really cost

What ‘free’ apps for preschoolers really cost

Dec 3, 2018
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A 2018 study examined 135 popular free and paid apps for kids under 5 years, the majority of which were downloaded more than 10 million times each and some upwards of 50 million times and found that 95% of such apps included at least one type of advertising, some of which are embedded in games […]

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Five Tips to Tame Students’ Attention

Oct 22, 2018
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Gaining and sustaining students’ attention in today’s classroom is hard. Really hard. Teachers are increasingly reporting that students (both at a primary and secondary level) are finding it more challenging to manage their attention spans. Technology is one of the chief reasons why today’s students are finding it hard to pay attention in class and […]

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Five Simple Ways to Protect our Digital Health

Jul 12, 2018
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Employees and executives are spending more and more time plugged into our digital devices. We rely on technology for our work (and play too). This increased time spent with technology is having a significant and cumulative impact on our physical health (and also our mental health too). We’re only just starting to realise some of […]

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The Costs of Digital Distractions

Jul 12, 2018
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Today’s employees and executives are working in a world where they’re experiencing constant digital distractions. Email alerts, phone notifications, auto-play videos, phone calls and messages 24/7, curated social media feeds and targeted ads are just some of the many ways that they’re being digitally bombarded. Our digital dependence and habits are changing our attention, compromising our […]

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What’s all the fuss about Fortnite?

Jul 3, 2018
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I want to write about the dreaded ‘f’ word that’s causing angst in many families.  Fortnite! (Not that word!) In the last couple months, I’ve been inundated with questions from parents both online and during my Parent Seminars about the game Fortnite. There have been numerous blog posts written and also shared on social media […]

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What my miscarriage taught me about my phone

Apr 20, 2018
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I’ve been tentative about sharing this blog post, but I figure that my story and insights may help other people. Earlier this year I experienced a miscarriage. It was devastating to say the very least. My family and I were heart-broken. I only feel like I can now talk about this publicly. I wasn’t nervous about […]

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Updated Screen time Guidelines: What Parents Really Need to Know

Nov 23, 2017
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One of the universal digital dilemmas facing modern parents today is how much screen time is healthy or harmful? This is a question nearly every parent I meet wrestles with, as we’re given such conflicting and inconsistent advice when it comes to screen time. New Australian Guidelines On 21st November 2017, the Australian Department of […]

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