Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

digital parenting

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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Pornography in their pockets – young kids’ access to pornography

Sep 25, 2016
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WARNING- Content is this blog post may distress some readers. It addresses the issue of pornography.   I used to be relieved that I didn’t have to discuss the topic of ‘pornography’ in the parent seminars that I deliver. It’s a topic that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing at all. Let alone having to talk to other […]

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Post Cautiously

Feb 24, 2016
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As proud parents we’re often guilty of clogging our friends’ and families’ Facebook and Instagram feeds with pictures of our kids, but many cyber safety and parenting experts are concerned about where these images can end up. Everyday photos of children engaging in simple activities are being used as sexual contraband by paedophiles online. It’s not just […]

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Why is Parenting in the Digital Age so Hard?

Feb 24, 2016
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There’s no denying that children are experiencing “digitalised childhoods”. Screens and devices are now an everyday part of life for most children. Their world flashes, beeps, pings and booms.   Many children today can tap, swipe and pinch screens often before they’ve learnt to ride a bike or tie their shoelaces. Research confirms that many […]

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Please Minimise Your Child’s News Exposure

Nov 17, 2015
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The recent siege in Sydney is upsetting for adults, so we must be even more mindful of what our children are being exposed to directly or even indirectly through the media and also their peers. Here are my tips when there’s distressing world events reported in the news: 1. Even though it’s difficult to do, try to avoid exposing […]

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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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Do Kids Learn More From Handwriting or Typing?

Sep 10, 2015
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  Is Typing or Handwriting Better for Kids? The keyboard versus the pen.  Which is better for children’s learning? As laptops and tablets become commonplace in schools many parents and teachers are left wondering if note-taking with paper and pencil will become an obsolete skill.   Do young children still need to learn how to […]

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Is Background Music Okay for Kids?

Aug 12, 2015
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Is background music helpful or harmful?   Parents are often shocked to learn that background TV can be detrimental to children’s development. In many homes, background TV is like the soundtrack for everyday life and seems quite benign.   So it comes as quite a shock to most parents to discover that background TV can have […]

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The Mumpreneur Show: Dr. Kristy Goodwin on raising digital kids, best apps for kids, business challenges and being mum

Aug 4, 2015
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I got interviewed on the Mumpreneur Show podcast where I talked about raising digital kids, best apps for kids, business challenges and being mum Shownotes from Mumpreneur  Show Podcast: Dr Kristy Goodwin is an expert on kids and technology. She is the Director of Every Chance to Learn, she runs practical and engaging workshops and seminars […]

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Do Pre-Schoolers Really Need Literacy Apps?

Jun 18, 2015
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As busy parents we often hand over our smartphone or tablet to our preschooler while we scramble to make a phone call or cook dinner. We’ve often downloaded “educational apps” and figure that these are a better alternative to watching You Tube videos or playing “games” on the iPad. Right?   But are they really […]

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