Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

digital parenting

Why your kids don’t need a #screenfree summer

Dec 5, 2019
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I have very fond memories of my childhood summer holidays. My first thirteen summers were spent camping for six weeks at Coffs Harbour (I’m in awe of my parents who did this on an unpowered site with three kids). We spent most of these holidays going to the beach, surfing, reading (Babysitters Club and Judy […]

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No, your son isn’t ‘addicted’ to gaming?

Nov 7, 2019
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Calls crescendo from parents concerned that their sons are ‘addicted’ to online games. There are a few weeks that pass where I don’t hear from parents tearing their hair out about their son’s (problematic) gaming behaviours.  Parents who tell me that their son has punched holes in the all when gaming consoles were peeled from […]

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Managing Technology on Playdates & Sleepovers

Aug 29, 2019
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Screen rules on playdates and sleepovers can be a sticky situation. Just like each family has different rules for snacks, sleep and swearing, approaches to managing digital devices also vary significantly. Families really differ on their tech rules (if you want to see what sort of digital parent you are, you can take my digital […]

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3 Things You Need To Know Before You Post About Your Child Online

Jul 26, 2019
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As parents, we are so very lucky to be raising children in the digital era.  Does it shock you that I said that?  It’s amazing that we can video call our children’s grandparent’s on the other side of the world. That we can have group chats with our parent friends so we have someone to […]

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Simple Solutions to Stop Screens Sabotaging Sleep

Jun 22, 2019
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Sleep is vital for kids’ and teens’ optimal health, wellbeing, learning and development. They need both good quality sleep and an adequate amount of sleep. Yet research tells us that many kids and teens aren’t getting a sufficient amount of sleep and/or good quality of sleep. And of the chief reasons why (but certainly not […]

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Why is my child obsessed with YouTube?

May 21, 2019
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YouTube and YouTube Kids have now replaced TV as the chief source of entertainment for both kids and teens. This media juggernaut (which has over 300 videos uploaded to its platform every single minute!) has kids of all ages flocking to it and it has left many parents confused and concerned about its appeal and […]

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Body Image in an Age of Selfies & Social Media

Apr 12, 2019
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We’ve long worried about the challenges kids and teens face forming healthy body images from the unrealistic images depicted in the media. There’s an established history with the media bombaring kids and teens with unrealistic, sexualised, and stereotypical images and messages about bodies. Today, given the popularity of social media and selfies, these concerns are […]

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The Naked Truth: Kids, Teens, Pornography and Screens

Mar 5, 2019
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  WARNING- Content is this blog post may distress some readers. It addresses the issue of pornography.   Pornpgraphy isn’t new.  In years gone by pornography was available to young people via Playboy magazines (‘hidden’ at the back of the local newsagents), or via VHS videos and more recently via DVDs. What’s new however, is […]

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What’s all the fuss about Fortnite?

Jul 3, 2018
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I want to write about the dreaded ‘f’ word that’s causing angst in many families.  Fortnite! (Not that word!) In the last couple months, I’ve been inundated with questions from parents both online and during my Parent Seminars about the game Fortnite. There have been numerous blog posts written and also shared on social media […]

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Updated Screen time Guidelines: What Parents Really Need to Know

Nov 23, 2017
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One of the universal digital dilemmas facing modern parents today is how much screen time is healthy or harmful? This is a question nearly every parent I meet wrestles with, as we’re given such conflicting and inconsistent advice when it comes to screen time. New Australian Guidelines On 21st November 2017, the Australian Department of […]

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