Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Babies

How Young is Too Young to Introduce Technology?

Jan 28, 2014
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Have you seen the latest Fisher-Price iPad Apptivity Seat? It is a reclining baby bouncer seat with a mirror, with the option to slip an iPad (or other tablet device) into the mirror case and show apps and videos to babies. Yes, to babies. Very young babies that can not yet sit up.     […]

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Are Apps Duping Parents and Teachers?

Aug 20, 2013
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You’ve seen the situation many times. A restless toddler in a café or doctor’s surgery [insert the name of any place where young children have to wait with little opportunity to play or explore and/or make a noise]. Mum reaches into her bag and searches frantically. Then she pulls ‘it’ out. Silence. Well actually no, not […]

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Digital Babies

Jul 8, 2013
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There is no doubt that today’s children are born into a digital world. Children now experience ‘digitalised Childhoods’. What about very young babies- is this digital immersion appropriate? What impact is this ‘digital dunking’ having on their very plastic brain? As a Mum, and also as a children’s technology researcher, this is a question I have […]

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The Five Essential Building Blocks for Learning

Mar 18, 2013
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We now know more than ever about how babies and young children’s brains are built, thanks to advances in science research. What is interesting to note, is that these new insights are telling us that the way our grandparents parented is in fact the ideal model. It is called ‘ancestral’ parenting and it is simple. We […]

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Will DVDs Build My Baby’s Brain?

Aug 1, 2012
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Today’s parents are under increasing pressure to buy educational goods for their children.   From the moment a child is born, parents are bombarded with toys and products touted as ‘educational’. Parents and teachers are often seduced by the promise that these products will give young children a ‘head start’. But are these toys, gadgets […]

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Simple Strategies for Building Brains: Move and Eat Well

Jul 18, 2012
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Children need to move to learn. This will be nothing new for our grandparents who have always known this. Physical movement actually sets up the neural pathways (the brain connections) required for academic learning to occur. Simple things like crawling, rolling, rocking, swinging and skipping all develop the brain architecture that is needed for later ‘classroom’ […]

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Simple Strategies for Building Brains: Language

Jun 10, 2012
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We know more than ever about how brains develop and the critical role that parents and teachers play in this process. Essential aspects of brain architecture are shaped by a child’s experiences. This development starts before birth and continues at a rapid rate after birth. Many fundamental aspects of brain architecture are established well before […]

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Simple Strategies for Building Brains: Secure attachments, sleep and stress

Jun 1, 2012
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A child’s early experiences form brain circuits that provide the basic architecture of the brain. These brain circuits are constructed through a process that begins early in life (before birth in fact) and continues into adulthood. Much like constructing a house simpler circuits are built first and then more complex brain circuits build on them […]

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