Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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


What are Your Digital Resolutions?

Jan 8, 2014
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I know, I know…you have probably been bombarded recently by blogs, Facebook status updates and emails of people declaring their New Year Resolutions. Loose weight, get fit, drink green smoothies, eat raw food, spend more time with the kids, get more sleep… Sound familiar? I am going to share some of mine, but they are […]

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Three ‘Tantrum-Proof’ Ways to Get Kids to Switch off the TV

Dec 3, 2013
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Confession… my three year-old son watches TV. I know. Shock horror. Many people (incorrectly) assume that as a children’s media researcher I would ban TV viewing. Pfft!  If I did that we would never eat a meal, I would struggle to feed my newborn baby and my home office would be destroyed every time I […]

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Are Our Digital Devices Causing Sleep Disorders?

Aug 6, 2013
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There has been an explosion in the adoption of portable media devices like tablets, smartphones and gaming consoles. There are some concerns that their over-use may lead to an increase in children’s (and  adults’) sleep disorders. One of the chief concerns rests with the light that radiates from these devices and how it can impact […]

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Are We Getting Enough Vitamin ‘C’ in the Digital World?

Jul 30, 2013
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As a children’s media researcher I am fascinated (some would say obsessed) with watching how people use technology in the ‘real’ world. When I was sitting in a café last week, I saw something that completely shocked me. It was a fairly typical scene: two women about to enjoy a meal together. Lots of conversation. […]

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7 Signs Your Child May Have a Technology Addiction

Jul 3, 2013
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  “My child’s addicted to technology,” parents frequently lament.   There’s no doubt that children are ‘plugged in’ to digital devices.  And often from a very young age. And switching them off, or playing outside is often met with reluctance (or a techno-tantrum). But are they really “addicted” to technology? So how much is too much? This […]

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Does Technology REALLY Cause Attention Problems?

Jun 10, 2013
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Parents and teachers often worry that increasing technology use is impacting adversely on today’s children’s attention spans. Is this a valid concern or are parents and teachers worrying unnecessarily?    A recent study from the Common Sense Media reported how today’s American teachers are concerned that learners’ attentional capabilities have diminished over time. Overwhelmingly teachers from […]

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See How Easily You Can ‘Disconnect Digitally’

May 27, 2013
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Confession time- in a couple of weeks I am planning an overseas holiday where I will have limited Internet access and I have mixed emotions. On one hand I am nervous about the pile of emails that will amass in my inbox and what I might ‘miss’ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. On the other hand […]

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