Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

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

Young Children

What ‘free’ apps for preschoolers really cost

Dec 3, 2018
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What ‘free’ apps for preschoolers really cost

A 2018 study examined 135 popular free and paid apps for kids under 5 years, the majority of which were downloaded more than 10 million times each and some upwards of 50 million times and found that 95% of such apps included at least one type of advertising, some of which are embedded in games […]

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How Young Children’s Media Exposure is Shaping Their Body Image

Feb 26, 2016
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Children today are bombarded with ads in TV, apps, and movies. And then there’s traditional media such as magazines, newspapers and printed advertising material (the kind that clogs your letter box).   Both traditional print and digital media exert a very powerful influence over young children’s formation of body image.   Media conveys powerful (and often […]

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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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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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Screaming or Screening: Children’s Self-regulation in an Age of Screens

Jun 1, 2015
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It’s certainly very tempting to hand over an iPhone to a screaming toddler when every other trick, distraction and strategy has failed to calm them down, or ease their frustration. Many modern parents admit to using iPads and iPhones to avert a meltdown or tantrum.   But as a children’s technology and development expert (and a mum!) […]

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How Technology’s Changing Our Relationships

Apr 12, 2015
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One of our fundamental desires, as humans, is to connect with other humans. I call it “Vitamin C”- connection. It’s a universal need to connect. From the moment we’re born, we want (and need) to connect with other humans. We’re literally wired to connect and interact.   So it’s not surprising that the neuroscience confirms […]

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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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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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Skype Away

Jun 3, 2014
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There are few sounds in the world that are better than a baby giggling. And that hysterical baby giggle, coupled with the gummy smile… Well, it gets me every time. I melt.   And that’s how Billy, my now 7-month old, spent 20 minutes last week. Laughing hysterically with (and at) at Uncle Toddy.   […]

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