Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Parents

Why is my child obsessed with YouTube?

May 21, 2019
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YouTube and YouTube Kids have now replaced TV as the chief source of entertainment for both kids and teens. This media juggernaut (which has over 300 videos uploaded to its platform every single minute!) has kids of all ages flocking to it and it has left many parents confused and concerned about its appeal and […]

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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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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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What ‘free’ apps for preschoolers really cost

Dec 3, 2018
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What ‘free’ apps for preschoolers really cost

A 2018 study examined 135 popular free and paid apps for kids under 5 years, the majority of which were downloaded more than 10 million times each and some upwards of 50 million times and found that 95% of such apps included at least one type of advertising, some of which are embedded in games […]

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What’s all the fuss about Fortnite?

Jul 3, 2018
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I want to write about the dreaded ‘f’ word that’s causing angst in many families.  Fortnite! (Not that word!) In the last couple months, I’ve been inundated with questions from parents both online and during my Parent Seminars about the game Fortnite. There have been numerous blog posts written and also shared on social media […]

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What my miscarriage taught me about my phone

Apr 20, 2018
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I’ve been tentative about sharing this blog post, but I figure that my story and insights may help other people. Earlier this year I experienced a miscarriage. It was devastating to say the very least. My family and I were heart-broken. I only feel like I can now talk about this publicly. I wasn’t nervous about […]

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Updated Screen time Guidelines: What Parents Really Need to Know

Nov 23, 2017
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One of the universal digital dilemmas facing modern parents today is how much screen time is healthy or harmful? This is a question nearly every parent I meet wrestles with, as we’re given such conflicting and inconsistent advice when it comes to screen time. New Australian Guidelines On 21st November 2017, the Australian Department of […]

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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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Sharenting- what parents need to consider before sharing pictures of their kids

Aug 22, 2017
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We’ve been inundated with expert opinions on young kids and adolescents using social media- when is it okay to introduce social media, how do we protect their privacy and how is it impacting on them emotionally and socially? But what many of us have failed to consider is how we as parents use social media […]

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Kids, sleep and screens- what parents need to know

Jul 12, 2017
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Is your child’s screen-time sabotaging their sleep? Today’s kids are spending more and more time with screens and often before bed. Many of us know that this digital habit can impact both the quality and quantity of their sleep, but we often find this habit hard to change (and for some families it’s simply a matter […]

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