Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Preschoolers

Do Pre-Schoolers Really Need Literacy Apps?

Jun 18, 2015
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As busy parents we often hand over our smartphone or tablet to our preschooler while we scramble to make a phone call or cook dinner. We’ve often downloaded “educational apps” and figure that these are a better alternative to watching You Tube videos or playing “games” on the iPad. Right?   But are they really […]

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Appy Days- Essential Apps for Busy Families

Jan 29, 2014
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              Children love them and adults do too. But can apps really make parenting easier? Can they really help you to streamline things? Can they really help your children get dressed with bags packed in the morning, without constant nagging? You bet!   As a busy Mum myself I am […]

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Five Apps That Will IMPROVE not HAMPER Fine Motor Skills

Oct 7, 2013
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Two recent events I personally encountered have led to this blog post.  First, I was shocked to read that there are now specific occupational therapy programs to help remediate young children’s poor fine motor skills because of their technology addiction. These programs have been designed to develop hand strength to allow today’s digital learners to […]

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Language: An Essential Building Block for Learning

Apr 22, 2013
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One of the most important skills a child needs to develop in the early years is language. It is a critical building block for learning. Children need ‘serve and return’ interactions with adults, right from the start. In fact, the latest neuroscience research tells us that a child’s language development actually begins in utero. We now […]

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Interactive TV

Feb 25, 2013
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  Thanks to significant technological advancements, interactive children’s TV is now real. In 2012 Microsoft, in conjunction with Sesame Street released ‘Kinect Sesame Street TV’. Using the Kinect, the motion- and voice-sensing controller, young children can now interact with TV characters. For example Elmo will catch a talking ball if you throw it to him, or […]

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Educational Apps for Children

Jan 30, 2013
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Why is it difficult for parents (and teachers) to find quality apps? As the video below shows there are apps for EVERYTHING! With over 700 000 apps currently available to download in the iTunes App Store, it is little wonder that parents (and teachers) are often confused when it comes to selecting quality apps for young […]

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How much screen time for children?

Nov 28, 2012
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So how much screen time is appropriate for children? As a children’s technology researcher one of the most frequent questions I am asked by parents relates to ‘screen-time’, or what I refer to as ‘media-time’. Parents ask this question with trepidation, often fearful of my response. In this blog post I will outline the current […]

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Appsolutely Amazing: Apps for Preschoolers

Aug 20, 2012
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New mobile devices like iPhones, iPads and Android phones now allow young children unprecedented access to a range of apps. Many of these apps are marketed as ‘educational’ but it is interesting to note that there is no rigorous screening process in the iTunes app store to ascertain whether an app constitutes an ‘educational’ app, […]

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