Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Technology

The Costs of Digital Distractions

Jul 12, 2018
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Today’s employees and executives are working in a world where they’re experiencing constant digital distractions. Email alerts, phone notifications, auto-play videos, phone calls and messages 24/7, curated social media feeds and targeted ads are just some of the many ways that they’re being digitally bombarded. Our digital dependence and habits are changing our attention, compromising our […]

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Are Your Kids Suffering from Digital Dementia?

Apr 8, 2015
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Our digital devices are not only changing the ways we live, but they’re also changing the ways that our brains work too.   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 […]

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Too Much Tech for Tots?

Aug 20, 2014
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As I flicked through the latest toy catalogue today I was overwhelmed with just how many techno-toys and battery-operated devices and gadgets are now available for babies and toddlers.   Yep, we now have teddy bears with mobile phones attached to their paws and pretend tablet devices for babies. Tablets for babies…whaaaaat?   And if that […]

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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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What the Internet is Doing to Us

Jun 13, 2014
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I’m sitting here typing frantically in a café because I’ve finally got WiFi access.  Finally.  You see we’ve recently moved house (sigh) and I’ve been without Internet access for almost a week now. And I feel like I’ve lost my right arm.  I know that sounds melodramatic, but being without the Internet has really caused […]

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Is Technology Robbing Children of Their Creativity?

May 20, 2014
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“Creativity in children just isn’t the same anymore.”   It’s a common complaint I hear echoed from teachers across the country. “Kids just aren’t as creative as they used to be…”   And often, technology is blamed.   “All this time spent watching TV* is to blame.” {*In fact, you can insert any popular children’s […]

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3 Essentials for Child Brain Development in a Digital Age

Mar 18, 2014
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You are concerned that your child’s brain development is changing because they are leading a ‘digitalised childhood’. You are worried. And rightly so. But the good news is that you don’t need to be. I’m here to explain things.   The headlines decry, ”Technology is re-wiring kids’ brains.” Today’s digital generation are growing up in a […]

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10 Reasons Why Handheld Games do NOT Need to be Banned

Mar 6, 2014
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A recent blog post has caused much concern amongst parents and teachers alike in recent days. I have fielded a couple of media calls about this controversial post and have also had friends and worried parents asking me about some of the claims in the blog post. So I thought I should respond to the […]

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Techno-Shaming: Why it Needs to Stop

Feb 18, 2014
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I’m sure you’ve experienced ‘techno-shaming’. It’s the roll of the eyes from someone in a cafe when you allow your toddler to use your smartphone. It’s the off-the-cuff comment from an older lady,”Back in my day…” Yes, ask any parent navigating this digital terrain and chances are that they have experienced what I am calling ‘techno-shame’. That […]

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Five things most parents don’t know about kids and technology

Jan 21, 2014
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      Parenting is difficult. It always has been. Oprah Winfrey once said, “It is the toughest job in the world!” (When I am up feeding at 3am each morning I tend to agree). Parenting in the digital age…well that adds a whole new layer of complexities.   Did you know that we are […]

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