Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Safety

Managing Technology on Playdates & Sleepovers

Aug 29, 2019
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Screen rules on playdates and sleepovers can be a sticky situation. Just like each family has different rules for snacks, sleep and swearing, approaches to managing digital devices also vary significantly. Families really differ on their tech rules (if you want to see what sort of digital parent you are, you can take my digital […]

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3 Things You Need To Know Before You Post About Your Child Online

Jul 26, 2019
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As parents, we are so very lucky to be raising children in the digital era.  Does it shock you that I said that?  It’s amazing that we can video call our children’s grandparent’s on the other side of the world. That we can have group chats with our parent friends so we have someone to […]

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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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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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Managing sad or distressing news in the media

Feb 26, 2016
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Our screens and print media are filled with distressing current global events. Sadly, natural disasters, shootings and terrorist attacks infiltrate our news feeds, newspapers and TV screens on a daily basis. In recent times, there have been some very distressing global events that are heavily reported in the media. This information and footage can be distressing […]

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Are Your Children’s Photos Safe Online?

Feb 24, 2016
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Posting pictures of kids online.  It’s a contentious topic and one that most parents have strong opinions on.  Trust me when I say it’s controversial. Of all the topics that divide parents in the workshops I deliver, this is definitely one of them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Parenting is hard. […]

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Are headphones safe for my child?

Mar 10, 2015
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As any parent (or teacher) knows, getting your child to listen is hard. Really hard at times. “Selective deafness” infuriates parents and teachers alike. But this problem is compounded when children have mp3 players (iPhones and iPods) constantly attached to their ears. Many parents joke that their child’s hearing capacity has been hampered by all of the […]

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Worried About Your Child’s WiFi Exposure?

Nov 20, 2014
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Everywhere we look these days there are signs announcing “Free WiFi”.  In cafes, restaurants, hotels, airports and even department stores.   It’s everywhere.  And this got me thinking. What’s the impact of this constant WiFi exposure?  Especially for our little ones?   I recently attended a seminar on Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) in Sydney. I heard […]

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Three Tips for Preventing Technology-Related RSI in Children

Sep 25, 2013
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There is no denying that today’s children are spending increasing amounts of time with digital devices. But is this digital exposure coming at a high cost to their physical development? Are children REALLY suffering from RSI?  A generation of children is increasingly suffering from physical ailments related to over-use of digital devices. Recent media reports […]

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Are Photos of Your Children Safe Online?

Sep 1, 2013
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TRUE OR FALSE- Photos taken with smartphones can provide others with information about where the photo was taken? TRUE!!! We all do it. We take a photo of our child doing something ridiculously cute (or at least we think so at the time). We then share it on Facebook or on Instagram or on Flickr […]

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