Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Tablets

Do Kids Learn More From Handwriting or Typing?

Sep 10, 2015
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  Is Typing or Handwriting Better for Kids? The keyboard versus the pen.  Which is better for children’s learning? As laptops and tablets become commonplace in schools many parents and teachers are left wondering if note-taking with paper and pencil will become an obsolete skill.   Do young children still need to learn how to […]

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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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No, The Research Doesn’t Say That iPads Damage Brains

Feb 18, 2015
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Recent news headlines have many parents of young children in a state of panic.   Some popular news outlets claimed that there was “scientific evidence” that indicated that touchscreen devices were detrimental for young children’s development.   The headlines stated that there was science to support the claim that, “iPads and Smartphones May Damage Toddler […]

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Why I’m Spending Less Time Behind a Screen This Summer

Dec 16, 2014
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The summer holidays are fast-approaching here in Australia. I’m thrilled to be spending these holidays opposite the beach. And I plan on spending lots of time there. Making special memories with my kids.   As I started to pack the beach bag the other day, I frantically searched for my phone.  When I couldn’t find it […]

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The Best Apps for Toddlers

Nov 6, 2014
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As your toddler’s tiny fingers swipe, tap and pinch a smartphone or tablet screen, you simultaneously fill with pride and fear. This is the modern parents’ dilemma.   On one hand you are filled with pride because want your child to be a proficient technology user. There is no doubt that they will inherit a […]

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Appy Kids, Appy Parents Workshop Wrap Up

Aug 27, 2014
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The first Appy Kids, Appy Parents Workshop was held on Saturday 23 August at the gorgeous South Curl Curl Surf Lifesaving Club, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  A group of parents and their enthusiastic pre-schoolers attended the workshop to learn more about healthy, safe and even educational ways to use iPads. I decided to offer the workshop […]

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Are Tablets Causing Speech Problems

Jun 19, 2014
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Are iPads causing speech problems for young children? Yes, if you believe a recent Sydney newspaper headline.   The article suggested that iPads were responsible for developmental speech impairments in Kindergarten children.   The article claimed that increasing numbers of children were starting school with speech delays and tablets and technology were blamed for the decline in these skills. […]

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Managing Screen Time for Kids Without Arguments

Apr 2, 2014
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Managing screen time for kids is hard. Really hard. Turning off the iPad can result in tantrums. Fist-clenching, hysterical tantrums, even from 10-year olds! Asking four-year olds to pass back your iPhone can sometimes lead to desperate pleas for, “…just one more app…puh-lease.” Or perhaps it’s just blatant refusal to turn off the device (even […]

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A Simple Way to Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Child Using Technology

Mar 4, 2014
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Techno-guilt. Do you suffer from it? I do. Sometimes I feel guilty about allowing my son to use the iPad (or watch TV). Yep, even as a children’s technology researcher I am sometimes plagued by this affliction. And I know I shouldn’t feel guilty but somehow I have bought into this guilt thing.   I […]

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How to Choose the Right Apps for Young Children

Feb 9, 2014
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I downloaded an app for Taj (3.5 years old) the other day. It was a dinosaur app. He LOVES dinosaurs. The app contained talking dinosaurs, it correctly pronounced all of their names (in a fluent way that Mummy just cannot), it contained a jig-saw puzzle, a tonne of information about dinosaurs and lots of other […]

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