Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

iPads

Are Apps Duping Parents and Teachers?

Aug 20, 2013
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You’ve seen the situation many times. A restless toddler in a café or doctor’s surgery [insert the name of any place where young children have to wait with little opportunity to play or explore and/or make a noise]. Mum reaches into her bag and searches frantically. Then she pulls ‘it’ out. Silence. Well actually no, not […]

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Is Wifi Harmful for my Child?

Aug 14, 2013
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A couple of days ago I saw my ‘almost-three-year-old’ son do something with my iPad that terrified me. It literally made me stop in my tracks. I froze with fear. I had a wave of panic rush through my body. No, he didn’t access inappropriate content on You Tube (although he has been close to […]

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Are Our Digital Devices Causing Sleep Disorders?

Aug 6, 2013
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There has been an explosion in the adoption of portable media devices like tablets, smartphones and gaming consoles. There are some concerns that their over-use may lead to an increase in children’s (and  adults’) sleep disorders. One of the chief concerns rests with the light that radiates from these devices and how it can impact […]

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Digital Babies

Jul 8, 2013
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There is no doubt that today’s children are born into a digital world. Children now experience ‘digitalised Childhoods’. What about very young babies- is this digital immersion appropriate? What impact is this ‘digital dunking’ having on their very plastic brain? As a Mum, and also as a children’s technology researcher, this is a question I have […]

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Parents at the Bottom of the Tech Food Chain

Jun 15, 2013
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 Today’s parents pushed to the bottom of the technology pecking order, with tech-savvy kids owning newer devices. Gone are the days where kids eagerly awaited for mum or dad to purchase a new phone or laptop so they could get their hands on the old one. Today’s tech-savvy kids expect the latest, fanciest and shiniest […]

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See How Easily You Can ‘Disconnect Digitally’

May 27, 2013
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Confession time- in a couple of weeks I am planning an overseas holiday where I will have limited Internet access and I have mixed emotions. On one hand I am nervous about the pile of emails that will amass in my inbox and what I might ‘miss’ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. On the other hand […]

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I was Schooled by an Eight Year-Old

Apr 10, 2013
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I had the privilege of presenting two workshops to teachers in Adelaide (Australia) this week. I am always in awe of passionate teachers who give up their ‘free’ time by attending workshops after school and in the evening, as was the case on Monday (and no they do not get paid for this and it […]

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Book Apps: Bad or Brilliant?

Mar 11, 2013
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A recent study revealed that 54% of US children aged 2 to 13years are reading e-books of some description (on iPads, iPhones, Kindles, Android tablets). It is likely that similar statistics would be found here in Australia too. As parents are increasingly using their iDevices with their children, we need to stop and consider what […]

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Appy Parents: Apps for Finding Quality Children’s Apps

Feb 5, 2013
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Finding Apps and App Reviews  As noted in an earlier blog about quality educational apps, parents (and teachers) are faced with the difficult and confusing task of selecting the best apps for their children. With over 700 000 apps in the iTunes App Store alone, this is an onerous task.  This blog post will direct […]

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Educational Apps for Children

Jan 30, 2013
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Why is it difficult for parents (and teachers) to find quality apps? As the video below shows there are apps for EVERYTHING! With over 700 000 apps currently available to download in the iTunes App Store, it is little wonder that parents (and teachers) are often confused when it comes to selecting quality apps for young […]

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