Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Book Apps

The Best Book Apps of 2014

Dec 2, 2014
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The Christmas holiday period is fast-approaching (aghhh, sorry to remind you). Many parents will be looking for quality apps to entertain and educate children over the holiday period (not just apps that will keep them busy).   Whether it’s entertaining children on long-haul flights, or perhaps keeping their brains switched on over the long school […]

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Is Screen-Time Robbing Your Child of Reading Time?

May 28, 2014
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Parents and teachers frequently lament that today’s kids are not reading as much as they used to.  And this conversation often leads to, “Back in my day…”   But this is more than just a nostalgic claim.   As the video below exemplifies, reading traditional books has become somewhat of a foreign experience for some children. […]

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A Simple Way to Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Child Using Technology

Mar 4, 2014
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Techno-guilt. Do you suffer from it? I do. Sometimes I feel guilty about allowing my son to use the iPad (or watch TV). Yep, even as a children’s technology researcher I am sometimes plagued by this affliction. And I know I shouldn’t feel guilty but somehow I have bought into this guilt thing.   I […]

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Appy Christmas: How to ‘Gift’ Apps

Dec 9, 2013
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There is no doubt that many children will be hoping for an iPad or iPod Touch under the Christmas tree this year. Receiving a device with no apps is like receiving a battery-operated toy and not having any batteries in the house. Disaster! Time for tears. And this is the last thing you want on […]

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4 Secret Tips for Getting the Most Out of Children’s Book Apps

Sep 11, 2013
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                Does this sound familiar? “Don’t press that button! Hey, stop swiping at the pig. No, it’s not time to do the jigsaw puzzle- we’re meant to be reading a story!” Aghh- the joys of reading a book app!   Two two small-scale research studies* from the Joan Ganz […]

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Book Apps: Bad or Brilliant?

Mar 11, 2013
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A recent study revealed that 54% of US children aged 2 to 13years are reading e-books of some description (on iPads, iPhones, Kindles, Android tablets). It is likely that similar statistics would be found here in Australia too. As parents are increasingly using their iDevices with their children, we need to stop and consider what […]

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