Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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


Do Kids Learn More From Handwriting or Typing?

Sep 10, 2015
Posted in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  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 […]

Read More

Why Kids’ Bedrooms Need To Be Tech-Free Zones

Jul 13, 2015
Posted in , , , , , , , , ,

Now this post certainly won’t make me popular with many parents and it certainly won’t be popular with kids, but it’s nonetheless important.   In this episode I discuss why it’s important for children’s bedrooms to be “tech-free” spaces. In an ideal world this means no gadgets in bedrooms at all.  No TV, iPads, gaming consoles.  Absolutely nothing. […]

Read More

Are headphones safe for my child?

Mar 10, 2015
Posted in , , , ,

As any parent (or teacher) knows, getting your child to listen is hard. Really hard at times. “Selective deafness” infuriates parents and teachers alike. But this problem is compounded when children have mp3 players (iPhones and iPods) constantly attached to their ears. Many parents joke that their child’s hearing capacity has been hampered by all of the […]

Read More

No, The Research Doesn’t Say That iPads Damage Brains

Feb 18, 2015
Posted in , , , , , , ,

Recent news headlines have many parents of young children in a state of panic.   Some popular news outlets claimed that there was “scientific evidence” that indicated that touchscreen devices were detrimental for young children’s development.   The headlines stated that there was science to support the claim that, “iPads and Smartphones May Damage Toddler […]

Read More

Managing Screen Time for Kids Without Arguments

Apr 2, 2014
Posted in , , , , , , , , ,

Managing screen time for kids is hard. Really hard. Turning off the iPad can result in tantrums. Fist-clenching, hysterical tantrums, even from 10-year olds! Asking four-year olds to pass back your iPhone can sometimes lead to desperate pleas for, “…just one more app…puh-lease.” Or perhaps it’s just blatant refusal to turn off the device (even […]

Read More

10 Reasons Why Handheld Games do NOT Need to be Banned

Mar 6, 2014
Posted in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A recent blog post has caused much concern amongst parents and teachers alike in recent days. I have fielded a couple of media calls about this controversial post and have also had friends and worried parents asking me about some of the claims in the blog post. So I thought I should respond to the […]

Read More

A Simple Way to Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Child Using Technology

Mar 4, 2014
Posted in , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 […]

Read More

How to Choose the Right Apps for Young Children

Feb 9, 2014
Posted in , , , , , , , , ,

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 […]

Read More

Appy Days- Essential Apps for Busy Families

Jan 29, 2014
Posted in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

              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 […]

Read More

What are Your Digital Resolutions?

Jan 8, 2014
Posted in , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 […]

Read More