Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

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Are We Getting Enough Vitamin ‘C’ in the Digital World?

Jul 30, 2013
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As a children’s media researcher I am fascinated (some would say obsessed) with watching how people use technology in the ‘real’ world. When I was sitting in a café last week, I saw something that completely shocked me. It was a fairly typical scene: two women about to enjoy a meal together. Lots of conversation. […]

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7 Signs Your Child May Have a Technology Addiction

Jul 3, 2013
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  “My child’s addicted to technology,” parents frequently lament.   There’s no doubt that children are ‘plugged in’ to digital devices.  And often from a very young age. And switching them off, or playing outside is often met with reluctance (or a techno-tantrum). But are they really “addicted” to technology? So how much is too much? This […]

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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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The Five Essential Building Blocks for Learning

Mar 18, 2013
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We now know more than ever about how babies and young children’s brains are built, thanks to advances in science research. What is interesting to note, is that these new insights are telling us that the way our grandparents parented is in fact the ideal model. It is called ‘ancestral’ parenting and it is simple. We […]

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Why Screen-Time SHOULDN’T Matter

Nov 19, 2012
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The title of this blog is NOT a typo. I am going to share some reasons as to why I think that we shouldn’t focus on ‘screen-time’. As someone who is interested in young children’s use of technology and its impact on their development, parents frequently ask me about how much ‘screen-time’ is appropriate for […]

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7 Essential Tips for Parents Using iPads with Tots

Jul 20, 2012
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There is no doubt that the iPad, iPhone and other touch-devices have become increasingly popular amongst parents of toddlers and young children. Described by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center as the ‘pass-back effect’ we are witnessing a new phenomenon amongst today’s ‘digital parents’. They are frequently handing over their mobile devices like iPhones and iPads […]

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