Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Best Tablet for Kids

Nov 26, 2013
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“All I want for Christmas is… an iPad.” What??!!  A couple of years ago this statement would have shocked me. However, as Christmas is looming, tablet devices like iPads will be on the top of many children’s ‘Wish List’. When the iPad was first released (way back in 2010), many parents asked should they buy […]

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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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