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.

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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.

Why can't my child can't put down the 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'?

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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)

Let me help you put an end to the guilt, guesswork and grief by having me speak at your school or event

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Want to stop worrying about your child or teen's tech habits?

If you have no idea whether your child's technology habits are totally reasonable or bordering on problematic, you need the Digital Wellbeing Checklist.

Blog Posts for Parents

Praise

Thank you for your incredible, informational and inspiring workshop in Townsville. As a parent I feel more confident and empowered in my child’s digital environment and how we can navigate the way forward with healthy habits now and in the future as he grows and develops. Your delivery of evidence-based information and your engaging way of helping me understand gave me what I needed to take positive action and create some change.

KERRY SPINA | PARENT + CREATOR OF KIDS IN HARMONY

Kristy is a much-loved member of our Greenwood family. She has been invaluable in supporting our Greenwood Educators & parents navigate the digital landscape that our children are being brought up in. From her speaking engagements and professional support to spearheading our technology curriculum, Kristy has helped to ease the confusion and anxiety of our parents who are raising their family in a digitally saturated environment.

CAROL TANNOUS-SLEIMAN | CEO | GREENWOOD EARLY EDUCATION

Kristy’s iTouch and iLearn Seminar helped me to select better and more engaging educational apps. I would recommend this workshop to other parents because it covers all the information that we all would like to obtain, but never do, whether because of lack of time or tech savviness, in a carefully researched and objective manner that I have not seen anywhere else.

HANS THOMSEN | PARENT | KILLARA

I absolutely love your researched-based look at technology and how it’s not good or bad but a tool to use. Rather than ignore the increasing prevalence of technology, which I tend to do because I definitely see so many of the risks and harms you referred to, I actually came away excited about the possibilities of putting it to good use!! (not with my daughter just yet though!) Thank you and I will be sharing you with many other parents and educators!

STACEY | PARENT & TEACHER & FAMILY DAY CARER

I just wanted to say thank you for your presentation at Highfields School.

I found it very informative and there were several tips there which we can use straight away.

Also, the way in which you presented was excellent. It flowed at a good pace which kept me interested for the hour and a half +.

Lastly, I’m grateful you have an audio download so my wife, who did not attend last night, can hear your presentation as well. It is probably more important she hears it than me as she spends most of the time with the children as she is a stay at home mum.

CHRISTIAN | PARENT | LINDFIELD

Kristy, your parent seminar was received really well by our community and we’ve been inundated with positive feedback from our families and staff.

CAROLINE DESMOND | ACTING PRINCIPAL | LINDFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL

Just wanted to say a big thanks for all the info at last night's talk in Geelong- invaluable information. Very practical with things we have started implementing straight away in our house. Very reassuring we are on the right track! What a great session.

LAUREN KERR | PARENT | GEELONG