Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

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Baby Learning Apps: What You Really Need to Know

Sep 16, 2014
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So what baby learning apps does your baby like?   Say what?? I glance at my 4-month-old son and back at the lady whose question took the wind from my sails. And so she repeats the question. My mouth ajar, I look around perplexed. Ummm…   Yes, this is a question that a baby health […]

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Baby Learning Apps: What You Really Need to Know

Mar 24, 2014
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So what baby learning apps does your baby like? Say what?? I glance at my 4-month-old son and back at the lady whose question took the wind from my sails. And so she repeats the question. My mouth ajar, I look around perplexed. Ummm… Yes, this is a question that a baby health nurse recently […]

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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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Interactive TV

Feb 25, 2013
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  Thanks to significant technological advancements, interactive children’s TV is now real. In 2012 Microsoft, in conjunction with Sesame Street released ‘Kinect Sesame Street TV’. Using the Kinect, the motion- and voice-sensing controller, young children can now interact with TV characters. For example Elmo will catch a talking ball if you throw it to him, or […]

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Educational TV: Does it Really Exist?

Feb 19, 2013
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TV is still the most popular form of media that young children consume despite the advent of new technologies like the iPad and a range of techno-toys. However, TV has long been criticised for having a negative impact on children’s learning and development. Parents will be pleased (and relieved) to know that there is increasing research […]

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Why Screen-Time SHOULDN’T Matter

Nov 19, 2012
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The title of this blog is NOT a typo. I am going to share some reasons as to why I think that we shouldn’t focus on ‘screen-time’. As someone who is interested in young children’s use of technology and its impact on their development, parents frequently ask me about how much ‘screen-time’ is appropriate for […]

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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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