Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

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Simple Solutions to Stop Screens Sabotaging Sleep

Jun 22, 2019
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Sleep is vital for kids’ and teens’ optimal health, wellbeing, learning and development. They need both good quality sleep and an adequate amount of sleep. Yet research tells us that many kids and teens aren’t getting a sufficient amount of sleep and/or good quality of sleep. And of the chief reasons why (but certainly not […]

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The Naked Truth: Kids, Teens, Pornography and Screens

Mar 5, 2019
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  WARNING- Content is this blog post may distress some readers. It addresses the issue of pornography.   Pornpgraphy isn’t new.  In years gone by pornography was available to young people via Playboy magazines (‘hidden’ at the back of the local newsagents), or via VHS videos and more recently via DVDs. What’s new however, is […]

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Safe screen ideas for kids before bed

Oct 13, 2017
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In the Parent Seminars I deliver, I suggest that parents establish a ‘digital curfew’ so that technology doesn’t interfere with kids’ sleep. Ideally, 90 minutes before your child sleeps is recommended to be screen-free, but even 30 or 60-minutes screen-free before bed will make a difference to kids’ sleep. There are two prime reasons for […]

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Plugged-in parenting: are we addicted to our smartphones? (Part 2)

Jun 14, 2017
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Why do our screens captivate us? In an earlier blog post I explained the impact of parents spending increasing amounts of time plugged into our devices. It seems that we’ve become so focused on our kids’ screen-time that we’ve completely overlooked our screen habits. After I deliver many parent seminars, parents confess that they thought […]

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When is it okay to introduce social media to kids?

May 6, 2017
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“You’re the worst Mum in the world. I’m the only person in my whole class who isn’t allowed an Instagram account. You suck! I hate you!” This is a common conversation that many parents are having with their kids. Actually, let me clarify, it’s not a conversation, it’s often a tirade of abuse from your […]

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Are screens really ‘digital heroin’?

Mar 1, 2017
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In 2016 a New York Post blog post gained a lot of media attention.  The blog post titled ‘It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies’ suggests that screens are a form of digital drug. Panicked calls crescendoed from concerned parents and educators who read the article and panicked. In case you’ve missed […]

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Digital Resolutions

Feb 2, 2017
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Between late December to early January 2017, I had an unexpected, yet forced, ‘digital sabbatical’. And it was delightful and scary all at once. My family and I spent a week house-sitting a stunning house at stunning Whale Beach (on the gorgeous tip of the Northern Beaches of Sydney) and then went caravaning down the […]

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Pornography in their pockets – young kids’ access to pornography

Sep 25, 2016
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WARNING- Content is this blog post may distress some readers. It addresses the issue of pornography.   I used to be relieved that I didn’t have to discuss the topic of ‘pornography’ in the parent seminars that I deliver. It’s a topic that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing at all. Let alone having to talk to other […]

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Preventing Techno-Tantrums

Jun 8, 2016
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Your child screams at you telling you, “You’re the worst mum in the world!” This might be followed by feet-stomping, huffs and puffs, clenched fists, grunting and a host of other (undesirable) behaviours.  And all of this because you simply asked for your iPhone back!   As modern parents, chances are we’ve experienced our children throwing […]

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South Curl Curl

Feb 26, 2016
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// Worried about your child’s screen time? // Want to end your techno-guilt once and for all?   Dr Kristy is offering a parent seminar at South Curl Curl Surf Club to help modern parents, of children aged 0-12 years, understand what kids really need to thrive in a digital age. Children’s technology and development […]

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