Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

iPads

How to Choose the Right Apps for Young Children

Feb 9, 2014
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I downloaded an app for Taj (3.5 years old) the other day. It was a dinosaur app. He LOVES dinosaurs. The app contained talking dinosaurs, it correctly pronounced all of their names (in a fluent way that Mummy just cannot), it contained a jig-saw puzzle, a tonne of information about dinosaurs and lots of other […]

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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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What are Your Digital Resolutions?

Jan 8, 2014
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I know, I know…you have probably been bombarded recently by blogs, Facebook status updates and emails of people declaring their New Year Resolutions. Loose weight, get fit, drink green smoothies, eat raw food, spend more time with the kids, get more sleep… Sound familiar? I am going to share some of mine, but they are […]

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Capturing Magical Christmas Moments with an App

Dec 17, 2013
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If you are anything like me then the Christmas and holiday period means you’ll be taking lots of snaps with your smartphone camera or tablet. Christmas parties, end of year celebrations, Christmas Day snaps… and the list goes on and on. This year we have adopted the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ tradition at our house. […]

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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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Best Tablet for Kids

Nov 26, 2013
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“All I want for Christmas is… an iPad.” What??!!  A couple of years ago this statement would have shocked me. However, as Christmas is looming, tablet devices like iPads will be on the top of many children’s ‘Wish List’. When the iPad was first released (way back in 2010), many parents asked should they buy […]

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Have an Appy Christmas: 10 Essential Apps for Children

Nov 20, 2013
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              Christmas is an exciting time for children. It is also a frantic time for us parents- shopping queues, last-minute appointments, cleaning and cooking. It is little surprise that parents are handing over their phones and tablets to entertain children for short periods of time during this busy period. […]

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SnAPPy Parents: Photo Ideas for Busy Parents

Nov 13, 2013
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*Do you take lots of photos on your smartphone? *Do you look at them at the end of the day, exhausted and then… do nothing with them? *Do you have the best of intentions to print them off, but sadly that never happens? *Every now and then do you think about backing them up in […]

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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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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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