Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

TV

How Much Screentime for Children?

Feb 24, 2016
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Today’s children, often referred to as ‘digital natives’ or ‘Gen Z’ are growing immersed in a digital world. Technology is having a direct and dramatic impact on young children’s childhood and is shaping the ways in which they learn and develop. We are at an interesting juncture in terms of childhood: we now know more […]

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Why Background TV Isn’t Healthy For Little Ones

Aug 26, 2015
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Leaving the TV switched on throughout the day is commonplace in many homes. It’s often just the “done” thing.   So parents are often quite shocked to learn that there are unintended consequences of “background TV” on their child’s development. I live by the mantra by Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better.” I […]

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Is Background Music Okay for Kids?

Aug 12, 2015
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Is background music helpful or harmful?   Parents are often shocked to learn that background TV can be detrimental to children’s development. In many homes, background TV is like the soundtrack for everyday life and seems quite benign.   So it comes as quite a shock to most parents to discover that background TV can have […]

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Why I Love DORA…and You Can Too

Nov 5, 2014
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Dora the Explorer is an iconic show in many households. Kids and parents love her. And my family is no exception. (Yes, I know it sometimes surprises people to discover that as a children’s technology expert I do allow my eldest child to watch TV. And no, I don’t feel guilty or concerned about this. Whatsoever.)   […]

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Children And Television: How To Ensure They Learn From It

Mar 12, 2014
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Nothing causes debate amongst parents, quite like the topic of children and television. Your child watches it. They love it. As a parent or educator you either love it or loathe it. For those of you who love it, you also worry about whether it is ‘wasted’ time. For those of you who loathe it, more often […]

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Three ‘Tantrum-Proof’ Ways to Get Kids to Switch off the TV

Dec 3, 2013
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Confession… my three year-old son watches TV. I know. Shock horror. Many people (incorrectly) assume that as a children’s media researcher I would ban TV viewing. Pfft!  If I did that we would never eat a meal, I would struggle to feed my newborn baby and my home office would be destroyed every time I […]

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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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Is YOUR Television Viewing Harming Your Child?

Jul 18, 2013
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 WARNING: this blog post addresses a controversial topic and one that polarises parents. I am going to address the unintended consequences of parents’ own TV viewing. Many parents are oblivious to the potentially harmful effects of background TV on their child’s development.   I live by Maya Angelou’s mantra, “When you know better, you do […]

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Interactive TV

Feb 25, 2013
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  Thanks to significant technological advancements, interactive children’s TV is now real. In 2012 Microsoft, in conjunction with Sesame Street released ‘Kinect Sesame Street TV’. Using the Kinect, the motion- and voice-sensing controller, young children can now interact with TV characters. For example Elmo will catch a talking ball if you throw it to him, or […]

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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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