Parents, Teachers & Students

Keeping your head above the rising tide of online risks facing today’s children is one of the biggest challenges (and most time-consuming tasks) you face as parents or teachers.

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Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the latest tech-obsession (be it Fortnite, Snap Chat, Instagram), along comes the next big app, platform or game to keep them perpetually plugged into their devices and checked out of any meaningful communication.

But it’s not their fault. We have a whole generation of kids growing up in a screen-saturated world and parents who are themselves struggling to keep up. Sadly, this cyber-tsunami is having a profound impact on children’s long-term health, development and learning.

Dr Kristy Goodwin is endorsed to provide NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at ProficientTeacher.

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And whilst most of us acknowledge that ‘digital amputation’ is NOT the solution, many are at a loss as to what to do.

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You have questions

SO MANY QUESTIONS...

So what ARE the big issues and risks facing kids and teens today? Tech changes so quickly, what should I be most worried about?

How are kids’ digitalised childhoods and adolescence shaping their capacity to learn and impacting their wellbeing?

How do we guide children
to manage these issues for the long term?

And these are just the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to the digital dilemmas facing parents and teachers in the digital age.

Technology is not going away. It touches every aspect of our lives and is having a profound impact on student’s learning.

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It’s time to face the
issues head-on.

Who is Dr Kristy Goodwin?

Dr Kristy is a former teacher, lecturer at Macquarie University and Notre Dame University, author, media commentator and one of Australia’s most sought-after digital health, learning and wellbeing experts. She translates the latest neuroscience and technological research into practical advice and simple strategies for parents and educators. Kristy has spoken to thousands of teachers across the country, from early childhood to tertiary level, about the impact of technology on students’ health, wellbeing and learning. She is a keynote speaker at educational conferences and has delivered hundreds of professional development seminars to educators across Australia. Dr Kristy is also regularly called upon by the media for her expert opinion.

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Education Speaking Topics

Raising Your Child Online

RAISING YOUR CHILD ONLINE

Help your child to thrive online. Put an end to the guilt, grief and guesswork often associated with screentime.

This seminar, delivered on-stage or online, will help parents of primary school aged children to navigate the digital world with their children, without suggesting that they ban the gaming console, or iPad, or unplug the TV. Dr Kristy will arm parents with research-based yet realistic advice to help them feel confident about how they can best support their child’s physical health, mental wellbeing and learning online.

Kristy will explore:

  • Why children find the online world captivating and how to manage their screen time so it doesn’t end in ‘scream time’ (there’s science to explain their techno-tantrums);
  • A simple (& realistic) formula to determine healthy SCREEN TIME limits for children based on their BASIC NEEDS;
  • Why parents need to be the PILOT of the DIGITAL PLANE and the 3Bs that will allow them to be the pilot (boundaries, basic needs and boredom);
  • Why focusing on HOW MUCH time they spend online is NOT the most important question and the 5 essential BOUNDARIES they must establish to ensure their child’s time online supports their PHYSICAL HEALTH and MENTAL WELLBEING;
  • How to determine when their child is ready for a phone, social media account or gaming console (and how to deal with their CONSTANT DIGITAL REQUESTS);
  • Why DIGITAL DISCONNECTION is critical for your child.

Session Overview

AUDIENCE
Parents, carers & educators of students in Prep-Year 6

DURATION
1.5-2 hours

DELIVERY
On-stage or online (via webinar which Kristy’s team organises & hosts)

Raising Screenagers

RAISING SCREENAGERS

Realistic strategies to navigate the online world with your adolescent.

I arm parents with research-based information and realistic solutions (that don’t involve phone bans or digitally disconnecting your teens) so that your teen can thrive online & offline.

This presentation will help confused and concerned parents navigate the digital world with their ‘screenagers’, without suggesting that they ‘digitally amputate’ them. Dr Kristy will arm parents with research-based yet realistic advice to help parents feel confident about how they can best support their adolescent’s physical health, mental wellbeing and learning online.

Kristy will explore:

  • Why young people are susceptible to POTENTIAL PITFALLS ONLINE given their BRAIN DEVELOPMENT;
  • Why the online world is APPEALING to adolescents (there’s science to explain your teen’s digital infatuation);
  • A simple (& realistic) formula to determine healthy SCREEN TIME limits for teens of various ages (based on their BASIC NEEDS);
  • Why parents need to be the CO-PILOT of the DIGITAL PLANE and establish 5 BOUNDARIES to ensure their teen’s time online supports her PHYSICAL HEALTH and MENTAL WELLBEING;
  • How to support their teen’s ‘DIGITAL DNA’ especially when using social media or playing multiplayer video games;
  • Why DIGITAL DISCONNECTION is critical for your teen’s PHYSICAL HEALTH and MENTAL WELLBEING.

Session Overview

AUDIENCE
Parents, carers & educators of students in Years 7-12

DURATION
1.5- 2 hours (1.5 hours webinar, 2 hours on stage)

DELIVERY
Online (webinar via Zoom) or on-stage

Kids, Teens & Screens

KIDS, TEENS & SCREENS

Realistic strategies to help parents
navigate the online world with their
‘screenagers’.’

Dr Kristy will help confused and concerned parents feel confident about how they can best support their children’s and teens’ physical health, mental wellbeing and learning online, without proposing ‘digital amputation’, banning the gaming console or iPad.

Kristy will explore:

  • Why children and teens are susceptible to POTENTIAL PITFALLS ONLINE given their BRAIN  DEVELOPMENT;
  • Why the online world is APPEALING to children and adolescents (there’s science to explain their digital infatuation and ‘techno-tantrums’);
  • A simple & realistic formula to determine healthy SCREENTIME limits for children and teens;
  • The 5 VITAL DIGITAL BOUNDARIES parents must establish to ensure their children and teens develop healthy digital behaviours;
  • The current RISKS facing kids and teens in the online world and SIMPLE SOLUTIONS
    to mitigate these; and
  • Why DIGITAL DISCONNECTION is critical for your child’s PHYSICAL HEALTH and
    MENTAL WELLBEING.

Session Overview

AUDIENCE
Parents and carers of K-12 students

DURATION
1.5-2 hours (webinar 1.5 hours, on-stage 2 hours)

DELIVERY
On-stage or online (as a webianr)

Teaching the iGen

Teaching the iGen

Decoding and demystifying today’s
‘screenagers’

Dr Kristy Goodwin draws on the latest research to inform educators and health professionals about how today’s learners’ digital immersion is shaping their childhood and adolescence. Dr Kristy explains the health, learning and developmental implications of plugged-in childhoods and adolescence and equips delegates with essential information and practical strategies to accommodate the iGen’s needs.

Kristy will explore:

  • The displacement effect- HOW MUCH time are students really spending online;
  • How students’ attention spans are changing because of DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS (and what
    teachers can do to help students better manage their focus in the distracting digital world);
  • How students’ LEARNING PREFERENCES are changing because of their increased time
    ONLINE and what educators can do to accommodate these changes in the classroom;
  • The impact of digitalised childhoods and adolescence on students’ PHYSICAL HEALTH (sleep, sedentary behaviours, musculoskeletal health, hearing and vision);
  • The potential impact of plugged-in childhoods and adolescence on students’ MENTAL
    WELLBEING; and
  • Simple, science-backed solutions that teachers and health professionals can implement to optimise students’ learning, health and wellbeing (without suggesting that technology is toxic or should be banned).

Session Overview

AUDIENCE
Teachers & health professionals working with 4-17 year olds

DURATION
1-2 hours (delivered as a keynote or workshop)

DELIVERED
On-stage or online (as a webinar). At your conference, school or online via a webinar which Kristy’s team organises

Taming Digital Distractions

Taming Digital Distractions

Help students to tame their tech habits so
they’re not a slave to the screen

Many educators and professionals working with students have reported a decline in students’ attention spans. In this practical keynote or professional learning workshop Dr Kristy outlines why attention management is THE most critical 21st Century learning skill.

Kristy will explore:

  • How students’ attention spans are being hijacked by technology and the impact on their LEARNING, PHYSICAL HEALTH and MENTAL WELLBEING.
  • The concept of ATTENTION SPANS and why this will be the superskill of the 21st Century;
  • The MYTH OF MULTITASKING and why the brain requires MONOTASKING instead (sharing simple experiments to conduct with students to highlight this point);
  • The three board reasons why students are vulnerable to DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS; and
  • Practical strategies to implement in the classroom to help students manage their attention (and subsequently improve learning outcomes and mental health benefits).

Session Overview

AUDIENCE
Teachers & health professionals working with 10-17 year olds

DURATION
1-2 hours (delivered as a keynote or workshop)

DELIVERED
On-stage or online (as a webinar). At your conference, school or online via a webinar which Kristy’s team organises

Thrive Online

Thrive Online

Help students to thrive in the digital world by bolstering their digital wellbeing

There’s no denying that students are now tethered to technology for significant amounts of time each day. This is having a profound impact on their physical health, mental wellbeing and learning. However, technology is a vital part of their lives- for learning, leisure and connection. This presentation equips students with science-backed solutions they can embed into their daily lives (both at school and at home) that will support their digital wellbeing.

In this student workshop Dr Kristy will explore:

  • the impact of students’ constantly-connected lives on their MENTAL WELLBEING & micro-habits they can embed to protect it;
  • the consequences of being tethered to technology on their PHYSICAL HEALTH (sleep, vision, hearing and musculoskeletal health) & simple strategies to protect their health;
  • their digital DNA and the personal and legal ramifications of what they share and disclose online; and
  • realistic strategies to help them manage their time & focus when online.

Session Overview

AUDIENCE
Students in Years 3-12 (customised according to the issues in your school)

DURATION
45-60 minutes

DELIVERED
On-stage or online

Attention Please

Attention Please

A student workshop to arm students with research-based, yet realistic strategies to manage their attention in the digital
world.

Many professionals working with students have reported a decline in their attention spans. In this practical keynote Dr Kristy outlines why attention management is THE most critical 21st Century learning skill.

Kristy will explore:

  • the three reasons why students are VULNERABLE to DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS (there’s neuroscience to explain their digital infatuation);
  • the MULTI-TASKING MYTH and demonstrate what happens in students’ brains when they multi-task;
  • the PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL & COGNITIVE COSTS of distraction;
  • practical strategies to BOOST FOCUS & minimise DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS to improve learning and mental health.

Session Overview

AUDIENCE
Students in Years 5-12

DURATION
45-60 minutes

DELIVERED
On-stage or online

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