Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Attention

Are You Suffering from ‘Attention Residue’?

Jul 1, 2020
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Many of us work in a perpetual state of distraction. A typical workday often entails switching between several work activities, including meetings and a plethora of digital disruptions. We may be working on a report and the ping of our email disrupts us. We may be engrossed in our team Zoom or Team call, but […]

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Why your kids are exhausted after online learning 

May 1, 2020
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I’ve had the privilege of helping a number of schools adjust to online learning in recent weeks*. I’m in awe of the rapid transformation many schools have undergone as they attempt to shift their teaching approaches. It is a remarkable feat! You see teaching online is not simply a matter of ‘digitalising’ your existing teaching […]

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Are smartphones and social media to blame for teen mental health crisis?

Feb 11, 2020
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Young people are facing a mental health crisis, both here in Australia and internationally. There’s a concerning increase in the rates of mental health issues amongst young people and the finger is often pointed at technology, particularly social media and smartphones, which are contributing factors. But is technology to blame? The dominant, alarmist narrative suggests […]

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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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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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Balancing kids’ screen-time with green-time

Nov 3, 2015
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Many children today spend their idle time staring at screens and not at the sky. Kids today are tethered to technology and as a result, many children are experiencing a ‘nature deficit’. When kids are spending too much time with technology they’re not spending enough time in nature and this has implications on their development […]

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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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Techno-glect: Please Put Your Phone Down

Apr 29, 2014
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Parental distraction with iPhones…This is the post you were never going to see. It’s the post that has been brewing for weeks. It’s been drafted, tweaked and re-written and then…shelved. I have resisted the urge to press ‘publish’. Why?   I know that it’s a controversial topic. I’m aware that this post will most likely […]

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Simon Sinek: Are Parents & Technology REALLY to Blame for ADD/ADHD?

Jan 15, 2014
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Parents frequently ask me, “Do iPads, TVs, DVDs, video games (insert any media device really) cause ADD/ADHD?” As a parent and as a children’s technology researcher, this is a valid concern. I totally understand. At times as I have watched my son quickly flit between apps on my iPad, I have wondered the same thing. […]

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