Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Toddlers

Educational TV: Does it Really Exist?

Feb 19, 2013
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TV is still the most popular form of media that young children consume despite the advent of new technologies like the iPad and a range of techno-toys. However, TV has long been criticised for having a negative impact on children’s learning and development. Parents will be pleased (and relieved) to know that there is increasing research […]

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Appy Parents: Apps for Finding Quality Children’s Apps

Feb 5, 2013
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Finding Apps and App Reviews  As noted in an earlier blog about quality educational apps, parents (and teachers) are faced with the difficult and confusing task of selecting the best apps for their children. With over 700 000 apps in the iTunes App Store alone, this is an onerous task.  This blog post will direct […]

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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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Best Book Apps for Children

Nov 23, 2012
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There is no better gift you can give than a love of reading. So why not ‘gift’ apps as Christmas gifts? Not only are many book apps educational, but they are also quick and easy to ‘gift’. Plus, you will be sure that they are one gift that will be used, well after Christmas Day. For […]

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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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Simple Strategies for Building Brains: Move and Eat Well

Jul 18, 2012
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Children need to move to learn. This will be nothing new for our grandparents who have always known this. Physical movement actually sets up the neural pathways (the brain connections) required for academic learning to occur. Simple things like crawling, rolling, rocking, swinging and skipping all develop the brain architecture that is needed for later ‘classroom’ […]

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Simple Strategies for Building Brains: Language

Jun 10, 2012
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We know more than ever about how brains develop and the critical role that parents and teachers play in this process. Essential aspects of brain architecture are shaped by a child’s experiences. This development starts before birth and continues at a rapid rate after birth. Many fundamental aspects of brain architecture are established well before […]

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Simple Strategies for Building Brains: Secure attachments, sleep and stress

Jun 1, 2012
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A child’s early experiences form brain circuits that provide the basic architecture of the brain. These brain circuits are constructed through a process that begins early in life (before birth in fact) and continues into adulthood. Much like constructing a house simpler circuits are built first and then more complex brain circuits build on them […]

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