Information for Parents

It’s no secret that today’s parents face a barrage of digital dilemmas.

We marvel at how our kids learn to tap, swipe and pinch (before they’ve learnt to tie their shoelaces or ride a bike), but at the same time we worry about what all this screen time is doing to them.

We spent our childhoods playing outside and staring at the sky, not at screens.

Our kids’ & teens' reality is just so different.

Every day there’s a new headline warning us of the harmful effects of technology on kids and adolescence.

The scare of the “digital apocalypse” plagues us with grief and guilt about our kids' digital habits.

It’s no wonder that as modern parents, we’re riddled with techno-guilt.

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Why can't my child can't put down thee phone/iPad/gamimg console?

Is all this screen time ruining their health and attention span?

Why does my child/teen throw techno-tantrums? Why does screen time end in 'scream time'?

We’re bombarded with so many myths, misconceptions and misnomers when it comes to raising kids & teens in a digital world. It’s hard to know who (or what) to believe.

And to further complicate matters, technology changes so quickly.

Just as we begin to understand the latest gadget, social media tool or app they’re interested in, along comes the next shiny object, and we’re back to square one --

Confused, concerned, feeling guilty and guessing about how to navigate this digital terrain we've found ourself in…

But who needs MORE mum guilt in her life?

(Not me. I’ve got a double dose already)

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Parent Resources

I've compiled a number of free and low-cost resources below for Parents, to help navigating raising their children and teens in the digital world.

Free Resources

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Screenagers Quiz

What Kind Of Screenager Parent Are You? Gain insight into what kind of digital parent you are. TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT

Webinar: 5 Myths

Is Handwriting becoming obsolete in 2018?
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Blog Posts for Parents

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3 Things You Need To Know Before You Post About Your Child Online

As parents, we are so very lucky to be raising children in the digital era.  Does it shock you that I said that?  It’s amazing that we can video call our children’s grandparent’s on the other side of the world. That we can have group chats with our parent friends so we have someone to […]
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Simple Solutions to Stop Screens Sabotaging Sleep

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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Why is my child obsessed with YouTube?

YouTube and YouTube Kids have now replaced TV as the chief source of entertainment for both kids and teens. This media juggernaut (which has over 300 videos uploaded to its platform every single minute!) has kids of all ages flocking to it and it has left many parents confused and concerned about its appeal and […]
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Body Image in an Age of Selfies & Social Media

We’ve long worried about the challenges kids and teens face forming healthy body images from the unrealistic images depicted in the media. There’s an established history with the media bombaring kids and teens with unrealistic, sexualised, and stereotypical images and messages about bodies. Today, given the popularity of social media and selfies, these concerns are […]
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The Naked Truth: Kids, Teens, Pornography and Screens

  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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What ‘free’ apps for preschoolers really cost

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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Video Seminars

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Video Seminar- Plugged-In Childhoods (for parents of 2-5 year olds)

Practical Advice for Parents of 2-5 Year Olds Navigating the Digital World

Video Seminar- Raising Digital Kids (for parents of 4-12 year olds)

Practical Advice for Parents of 4-12 Year Olds Navigating the Digital World

Video Seminar- Raising Boys in a Digital World

Practical Advice for Parents of Boys Aged 4-16 Years Navigating the Digital World

Video Seminar- Raising Screenagers

Practical Advice for Parents of 12-16 Year Olds Navigating the Digital World

Parent Webinar: Why can’t we put down our phones?

Simple solutions for taming parents’ tech habits (without the guilt & shame)

Webinar Replay: Taming techno-tantrums

Want to put an end to screen time always ending in tears and tantrums?

eBooks

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Raising Screenagers eBook

Realistic strategies for parents, carers and professionals working with teens in the digital landscape.

Raising Boys eBook

Realistic strategies for parents, carers and professionals working with boys in the digital landscape.
Raising two to five year olds in a digital world

Raising 2-5 year olds in a digital world

In this eBook Dr Kristy arms parents and carers with facts, not fears, about how technology is impacting on preschoolers’ health, learning and development.

Digital Workshops

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About Screen-time without Scream-time

Arming parents with facts, not fears, about what little ones really need to thrive in a digital world.

About Babies, Toddlers + Screens

Arming parents with facts, not fears, about what little ones really need to thrive in a digital world.