Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Modern Parenting

The Naked Truth: Kids, Teens, Pornography and Screens

Mar 5, 2019
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  WARNING- Content is this blog post may distress some readers. It addresses the issue of pornography.   Pornpgraphy isn’t new.  In years gone by pornography was available to young people via Playboy magazines (‘hidden’ at the back of the local newsagents), or via VHS videos and more recently via DVDs. What’s new however, is […]

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Safe screen ideas for kids before bed

Oct 13, 2017
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In the Parent Seminars I deliver, I suggest that parents establish a ‘digital curfew’ so that technology doesn’t interfere with kids’ sleep. Ideally, 90 minutes before your child sleeps is recommended to be screen-free, but even 30 or 60-minutes screen-free before bed will make a difference to kids’ sleep. There are two prime reasons for […]

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Is it okay to use screen-time as reward?

Apr 2, 2017
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I’m going to admit that I’m guilty of saying this from time to time, “If you get ready quickly this morning, I’ll let you watch TV.” Why do I do it? Simple, it works. And it’s quick. Rewards are often introduced to make family life easier. Kids reluctant to tidy their room? Then offer them […]

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Pornography in their pockets – young kids’ access to pornography

Sep 25, 2016
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WARNING- Content is this blog post may distress some readers. It addresses the issue of pornography.   I used to be relieved that I didn’t have to discuss the topic of ‘pornography’ in the parent seminars that I deliver. It’s a topic that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing at all. Let alone having to talk to other […]

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Raising Your Child in a Digital World Book Launch

Jul 21, 2016
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To see a big goal come to fruition is equal parts exciting as it is terrifying. For me, it was the sudden, very stark realisation that my ideas would be shared and may not be well-received. In the days leading up to my book launch, I oscillated between excitement and absolute fear- what if my book […]

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Digital Manners

Feb 10, 2016
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We’re seeing increasing numbers of cafés and shops that are refusing to serve people who are talking on their smartphones. We’re seeing restaurant diners getting exasperated when a nearby diner talks loudly on their phone. Loudly and inappropriately. There’s a rising opposition to people not showing good digital manners. So what are the basic rules […]

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Learning in Lounge rooms

Jan 28, 2016
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As school resumes throughout Australia for students, many parents have been busy organising school supplies (I’ve been part of this mania too as a [nervous] first-time school-mum). But school bags and homework routines now look a little different. Instead of book lists, many schools have app lists. Textbooks are being replaced by tablets. Homework often […]

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Internet-Connected Toys: What Parents Really Need to Know Before Santa Delivers Toys This Year

Dec 16, 2015
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Santa’s sack will look different this year…   The toys that Santa will stuff in his sack this year will look very different to the toys that he used to deliver, even only a couple of years ago (and very different to the toys that we received when we were kids. Yes, I still have very fond memories […]

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Using Phones at Restaurants with Kids

Dec 2, 2015
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I need your attention not your iPhone    It’s becoming a common sight seeing toddlers and young children staring at smartphones at a restaurant table.   But I’m worried we’re accepting this as “the norm”. That this is just part of modern family life.   It’s becoming accepted practice. And not just at the end […]

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