Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Education

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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Appy Kids, Appy Parents Workshop Wrap Up

Aug 27, 2014
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The first Appy Kids, Appy Parents Workshop was held on Saturday 23 August at the gorgeous South Curl Curl Surf Lifesaving Club, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  A group of parents and their enthusiastic pre-schoolers attended the workshop to learn more about healthy, safe and even educational ways to use iPads. I decided to offer the workshop […]

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Are Tablets Causing Speech Problems

Jun 19, 2014
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Are iPads causing speech problems for young children? Yes, if you believe a recent Sydney newspaper headline.   The article suggested that iPads were responsible for developmental speech impairments in Kindergarten children.   The article claimed that increasing numbers of children were starting school with speech delays and tablets and technology were blamed for the decline in these skills. […]

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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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Is Technology Robbing Children of Their Creativity?

May 20, 2014
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“Creativity in children just isn’t the same anymore.”   It’s a common complaint I hear echoed from teachers across the country. “Kids just aren’t as creative as they used to be…”   And often, technology is blamed.   “All this time spent watching TV* is to blame.” {*In fact, you can insert any popular children’s […]

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Children And Television: How To Ensure They Learn From It

Mar 12, 2014
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Nothing causes debate amongst parents, quite like the topic of children and television. Your child watches it. They love it. As a parent or educator you either love it or loathe it. For those of you who love it, you also worry about whether it is ‘wasted’ time. For those of you who loathe it, more often […]

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No Apps Before Naps and 4 Other No-Go Tech Times

Feb 25, 2014
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I recently walked into a preschool just around nap-time. And it was bedlam. Crazy, noisy kind of bedlam. Now I know, as a former teacher, that there are some days when this just happens. Maybe it’s the wind. Maybe it’s excitement about a special visitor. Sometimes it’s just one of those days. After a brief […]

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Appy Days- Essential Apps for Busy Families

Jan 29, 2014
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              Children love them and adults do too. But can apps really make parenting easier? Can they really help you to streamline things? Can they really help your children get dressed with bags packed in the morning, without constant nagging? You bet!   As a busy Mum myself I am […]

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Three ‘Tantrum-Proof’ Ways to Get Kids to Switch off the TV

Dec 3, 2013
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Confession… my three year-old son watches TV. I know. Shock horror. Many people (incorrectly) assume that as a children’s media researcher I would ban TV viewing. Pfft!  If I did that we would never eat a meal, I would struggle to feed my newborn baby and my home office would be destroyed every time I […]

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Five Apps That Will IMPROVE not HAMPER Fine Motor Skills

Oct 7, 2013
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Two recent events I personally encountered have led to this blog post.  First, I was shocked to read that there are now specific occupational therapy programs to help remediate young children’s poor fine motor skills because of their technology addiction. These programs have been designed to develop hand strength to allow today’s digital learners to […]

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