Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Mobile Technology

The Best Apps for Toddlers

Nov 6, 2014
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As your toddler’s tiny fingers swipe, tap and pinch a smartphone or tablet screen, you simultaneously fill with pride and fear. This is the modern parents’ dilemma.   On one hand you are filled with pride because want your child to be a proficient technology user. There is no doubt that they will inherit a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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