Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Podcast

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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Protecting Children’s Eye sight in the Digital Age

Dec 21, 2015
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Given that our children are spending more and more time with screens (and often from an earlier age) many parents and health professionals are worried about the long-term and developmental impacts on children’s eye health. So in this Podcast, I share five simple tips to minimize the potential harmful effects of excessive or inappropriate use […]

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Digital Dimentia

Dec 21, 2015
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Our digital devices have become the cornerstone of our lives. We rely on them every day. But the more we rely on these devices, the less we rely on our brains. And our memory-making capacity changes as a result. Our digital habits are literally altering the architecture of our brain What is digital dementia? “Digital Dementia”, is a […]

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Worried about Kids and WiFi?

Dec 21, 2015
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Do you worry about your child’s increasing exposure to WiFi? Everywhere we turn these days it appears that there are signs advertising “Free WiFi”. Up until recently, I thought this increasing WiFi access was great.  I could literally use my devices anywhere, anytime. We don’t yet know the long-term health consequences of EMR exposure. Especially when it […]

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Why we need to become WiFi warriors for our Kids

Dec 21, 2015
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Everywhere we look these days there are signs announcing “Free WiFi”.  In cafes, restaurants, hotels, airports and even department stores. Up until recently, I thought this increasing WiFi access was great.  I could literally use my devices anywhere, anytime.   But the more I learn about risk of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) (this is what our WiFi […]

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Why Attention is the Essential Skill for Children to develop in the Digital Age

Dec 21, 2015
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In our screen-saturated world we’re often living in a perpetual state of distraction and so too are our children. And this impacts on our brains and our capacity to learn. You see, we cannot learn if we’re constantly distracted.

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Danielle Wright Interview

Oct 28, 2015
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http://www.daniellewright.com.au/ Sleepy Magic, by Danielle Wright, is a gorgeous and invaluable gift for those looking for a new technique to help get their children to sleep in a calm and peaceful manner. Imagine not having to dread the kids’ bedtime Imagine not having to trek back and forth from their bedrooms to negotiate, settle and soothe […]

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Brexting

Oct 23, 2015
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  Is ‘brexting’ (breast-feeding your baby whilst using your smartphone) really that bad? Is brexting really different from watching TV, reading a book or taking a quick nap whilst feeding a baby? Nobody criticised these habits, so why are we finding yet another thing to criticise mums about? Or do we need to fret? Is a […]

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Why Kids’ Bedrooms Need To Be Tech-Free Zones

Jul 13, 2015
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Now this post certainly won’t make me popular with many parents and it certainly won’t be popular with kids, but it’s nonetheless important.   In this episode I discuss why it’s important for children’s bedrooms to be “tech-free” spaces. In an ideal world this means no gadgets in bedrooms at all.  No TV, iPads, gaming consoles.  Absolutely nothing. […]

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Why screen-time is NOT the most important thing ?

Jul 2, 2015
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  As a children’s technology, learning and development researcher one of the most common questions I’m asked relates to “screen-time”. It’s something we all grapple with as parents and educators too.   So in this post I discuss why the “how much screen-time” question is not as important, as two other questions. How much is […]

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