Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

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Body Image in an Age of Selfies & Social Media

Apr 12, 2019
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We’ve long worried about the challenges kids and teens face forming healthy body images from the unrealistic images depicted in the media. There’s an established history with the media bombaring kids and teens with unrealistic, sexualised, and stereotypical images and messages about bodies. Today, given the popularity of social media and selfies, these concerns are […]

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Why is Parenting in the Digital Age so Hard?

Feb 24, 2016
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There’s no denying that children are experiencing “digitalised childhoods”. Screens and devices are now an everyday part of life for most children. Their world flashes, beeps, pings and booms.   Many children today can tap, swipe and pinch screens often before they’ve learnt to ride a bike or tie their shoelaces. Research confirms that many […]

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Response to 60 Minutes Episode: Toddler Tech Addition?

Jul 29, 2015
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The 60 Minutes episode called Screen Addicts has caused much concern amongst parents and early childhood educators. I’ve been inundated with parents of young children asking me to share my insights so I thought this blog post would answer some of your questions and help guide you in terms of how to manage children’s screen-time […]

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Managing Children’s Screentime

Jan 26, 2015
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Kids always seem to adopt our worst habits (or our partner’s habits if we want to account for their really bad habits, right?).   //CONFESSION// I don’t swear. I think it was nearly three years before a good friend heard me swear. And when she did she almost fell over. But on the one instance when […]

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My 2015 Tech-Solutions

Jan 19, 2015
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Like most of us I love the new-year period. It’s an opportunity for a fresh start. It’s a time of restoration. It’s a time to set some new intentions.   I’ve set my goals, picked a theme word for the year and set some core-desired feelings. These are the things that I know that alot of […]

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Why It’s Important to Switch Off

Jan 12, 2015
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I’ve been enjoying a bit of a “digital hiatus” over summer holidays and I have to confess… I’ve absolutely LOVED it!   I’ve had my phone switched off for long periods of time (yes, I even did more than a 24 hour stint… and I survived). There’ve even been days, when it’s been left on silent. […]

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How to prevent children from becoming addicted to Minecraft

Oct 14, 2014
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Young children addicted to Minecraft. It’s a reality facing many families today.   Perhaps you’re experiencing it first-hand with your own children as you attempt to pry the gaming consoles from their hands, or ask them to log off the computer and complete techno-tantrums ensue.   Perhaps your friends have told you about their children’s […]

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Screen Time Recommendations & Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Them

Sep 24, 2014
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Many parents are often surprised (sometimes terrified) to learn that we have screen time recommendations for children.   When I share these in the Parent Seminars I deliver, parents often avoid eye contact with me. At all costs.   There’s almost an immediate sense of panic in the room.  Sometimes I can literally feel it. […]

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Protecting Kids’ Eye Health

Sep 23, 2014
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Parents and educators are concerned about the impact of digital devices on children’s eye health.   In this quick video that’s shared on the Nick Jr Parents’ blog, I provide some simple advice for parents wanting to protect their little one’s eye health, including the 20-20-20 rule.     Do you have any tips or […]

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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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