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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Chronotype Quiz

Are you an owl, lark or middlebird? Identify your chronotype with this quick quiz TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT

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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  • Parenting in the digital age
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Are smartphones and social media to blame for teen mental health crisis?

Young people are facing a mental health crisis, both here in Australia and internationally. There’s a concerning increase in the rates of mental health issues amongst young people and the finger is often pointed at technology, particularly social media and smartphones, which are contributing factors. But is technology to blame? The dominant, alarmist narrative suggests […]
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Why your kids don’t need a #screenfree summer

I have very fond memories of my childhood summer holidays. My first thirteen summers were spent camping for six weeks at Coffs Harbour (I’m in awe of my parents who did this on an unpowered site with three kids). We spent most of these holidays going to the beach, surfing, reading (Babysitters Club and Judy […]
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No, your son isn’t ‘addicted’ to gaming?

Calls crescendo from parents concerned that their sons are ‘addicted’ to online games. There are a few weeks that pass where I don’t hear from parents tearing their hair out about their son’s (problematic) gaming behaviours.  Parents who tell me that their son has punched holes in the all when gaming consoles were peeled from […]
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When is the ‘right’ age to give kids a smartphone?

A common question that many parents grapple with- when is the ‘right’ age to give kids a mobile phone? Put simply, there’s no universal, or prescriptive chronological age that’s deemed ‘right’ or ‘safe’ to give kids a mobile phone. Kids all mature at different rates making it difficult to specify an exact age at which […]
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Managing Technology on Playdates & Sleepovers

Screen rules on playdates and sleepovers can be a sticky situation. Just like each family has different rules for snacks, sleep and swearing, approaches to managing digital devices also vary significantly. Families really differ on their tech rules (if you want to see what sort of digital parent you are, you can take my digital […]
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Sharenting Without Shame- Vital Information About Sharing Images of your Kids Online

To sharent or not. This is the question perplexing many parents. Documenting our kids’ lives online has become a social norm for many parents. But is it okay to post photos or videos of your children on social media, or blog posts?  If you do post online, what are the risks and how can you […]
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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.