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SnAPPy Parents: Apps for Parents

Feb 24, 2016
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Tick those that apply:   *You take lots of photos on your smartphone. *You look at them at the end of the day, exhausted and then… do nothing with them. *You have the best of intentions to print them off, but sadly that never happens. *Every now and then you think about backing them up in […]

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Digital Manners

Feb 10, 2016
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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 […]

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Learning in Lounge rooms

Jan 28, 2016
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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 […]

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Protecting Children’s Eye sight in the Digital Age

Dec 21, 2015
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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 […]

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Digital Dimentia

Dec 21, 2015
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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 a […]

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Worried about Kids and WiFi?

Dec 21, 2015
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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 it […]

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Why we need to become WiFi warriors for our Kids

Dec 21, 2015
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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 […]

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Why Attention is the Essential Skill for Children to develop in the Digital Age

Dec 21, 2015
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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.

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Internet-Connected Toys: What Parents Really Need to Know Before Santa Delivers Toys This Year

Dec 16, 2015
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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 very fond memories […]

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Using Phones at Restaurants with Kids

Dec 2, 2015
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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 […]

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Kids’ Attention in a Digital World

Nov 17, 2015
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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 […]

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Please Minimise Your Child’s News Exposure

Nov 17, 2015
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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 […]

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