Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Smartphones

Capturing Magical Christmas Moments with an App

Dec 17, 2013
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If you are anything like me then the Christmas and holiday period means you’ll be taking lots of snaps with your smartphone camera or tablet. Christmas parties, end of year celebrations, Christmas Day snaps… and the list goes on and on. This year we have adopted the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ tradition at our house. […]

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SnAPPy Parents: Photo Ideas for Busy Parents

Nov 13, 2013
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*Do you take lots of photos on your smartphone? *Do you look at them at the end of the day, exhausted and then… do nothing with them? *Do you have the best of intentions to print them off, but sadly that never happens? *Every now and then do you think about backing them up in […]

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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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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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4 Secret Tips for Getting the Most Out of Children’s Book Apps

Sep 11, 2013
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                Does this sound familiar? “Don’t press that button! Hey, stop swiping at the pig. No, it’s not time to do the jigsaw puzzle- we’re meant to be reading a story!” Aghh- the joys of reading a book app!   Two two small-scale research studies* from the Joan Ganz […]

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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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Five Things Parents Can Do to Protect Their Child’s Eyesight in the Digital Age

Aug 29, 2013
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  There’s little doubt that children’s digital media use is impacting their eye health. Whilst we do not yet have any confirmed research, it seems highly plausible that we may be compromising children’s eyesight, as we expose children to screens and gadgets at an earlier age and for increasing periods of time. Children are being […]

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Parents at the Bottom of the Tech Food Chain

Jun 15, 2013
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 Today’s parents pushed to the bottom of the technology pecking order, with tech-savvy kids owning newer devices. Gone are the days where kids eagerly awaited for mum or dad to purchase a new phone or laptop so they could get their hands on the old one. Today’s tech-savvy kids expect the latest, fanciest and shiniest […]

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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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7 Essential Tips for Parents Using iPads with Tots

Jul 20, 2012
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There is no doubt that the iPad, iPhone and other touch-devices have become increasingly popular amongst parents of toddlers and young children. Described by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center as the ‘pass-back effect’ we are witnessing a new phenomenon amongst today’s ‘digital parents’. They are frequently handing over their mobile devices like iPhones and iPads […]

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