Parents, Teachers & Students
And whilst most of us acknowledge that ‘digital amputation’ is NOT the solution, many are at a loss as to what to do.
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.
It’s time to face the
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.
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.
Parents, carers & educators of students in Prep-Year 6
On-stage or online (via webinar which Kristy’s team organises & hosts)
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.
Parents, carers & educators of students in Years 7-12
1.5- 2 hours (1.5 hours webinar, 2 hours on stage)
Online (webinar via Zoom) or on-stage
Kids, Teens & Screens
KIDS, TEENS & SCREENS
Realistic strategies to help parents
navigate the online world with their
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
Parents and carers of K-12 students
1.5-2 hours (webinar 1.5 hours, on-stage 2 hours)
On-stage or online (as a webianr)
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).
Teachers & health professionals working with 10-17 year olds
1-2 hours (delivered as a keynote or workshop)
On-stage or online (as a webinar). At your conference, school or online via a webinar which Kristy’s team organises
Help students to thrive in the digital world
There’s no denying that school leaders and educators’ digital demands have increased exponentially over the last few years. The tentacles of technology extend in to all parts of our lives today being integral to both our professional and personal lives. However, our digital habits are having a profound impact on our physical health and mental wellbeing.
This presentation equips schools leaders and educators with science-backed solutions they can embed to optimise their wellbeing in the digital landscape, without suggesting that you revert to a #digitaldetox, cancel your Netflix subscription, or aim for ‘inbox zero’ (all of which are outdated and unrealistic strategies).
In this keynote, participants will explore:
- their current DIGITAL WELLBEING habits and consider the impact they’re having on their wellbeing, health and performance;
- how their DIGITAL BEHAVIOURS are leaving them feeling stressed and exhausted;
- why it’s challenging to FOCUS in the digital world, that’s constantly vying for their attention (and the impact of constant digital distractions on stress and focus);
- the impact of our constantly-connected lives on our MENTAL WELLBEING (how our tech habits are affecting our sleep, stress and exhaustion levels) and a menu of micro habits we can embed to protect our mental wellbeing; and
- the consequences of being tethered to technology on our PHYSICAL HEALTH (especially our vision, hearing and musculoskeletal health) and a menu of micro-habits to protect our basic biological needs.
School leaders, Educators & Health Professionals working with students
40 mins - 1hr
On-stage or online
Beat Digital Burnout
BEAT DIGITAL BURNOUT
Sustainable peak-performance in a digital world
Recent Microsoft research suggests that 62% of employees and 66% of managers in Australia are experiencing burnout. Global burnout rates are similar. Burnout, specifically digital burnout, is the chief threat to hybrid work. One of the chief contributing factors to burnout is unsustainable and unhealthy digital habits.
Digital burnout not only compromises employees’ physical and mental health and performance, but poses significant financial costs and retention risks to organisations too.
This keynote arms delegates with science-backed solutions to counteract the always-on, distracted, digital culture that has led to many knowledge workers experiencing digital burnout. Delegates will understand how our digital habits are fuelling our stress, why rest is vital for our performance and the micro-habits that employees can embed into their workdays and the digital cultures that can counteract digital burnout.
Participants will explore:
- How the increased digital intensity of our days is leaving many of us stressed, distracted and burnt out;
- The subtle but significant ways that our digital behaviours have introduced micro-stressors to our days and are shaping our biological blueprint;
- How our neurobiological needs dictate that your brain and body needs peak-performance pit-stops (the science underpinning rest);
- Science-backed protocols that will prevent digital burnout;
- A menu of micro-habits to ensure that we structure our workdays to suit our neurobiological needs.
Participants will complete an anonymous Digital Burnout Assessment before the session to enable Dr Kristy to tailor the keynote and/or masterclass to your organisation’s specific needs and to give your delegates powerful insights into how their digital habits are impacting their performance.
This presentation can be delivered as a stand-alone keynote, or as a part of a series of virtual masterclasses, or as a half or full-day workshop.
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