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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Webinar: 5 Myths

Is Handwriting becoming obsolete in 2018?
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Blog Posts for Parents

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Simple Hacks to Tame Your Inbox

Are you frustrated that you can’t ever achieve inbox zero?  Are you overwhelmed by the amount of time you dedicate to email every.single.day? Are you sick of the incessant ping of your inbox? Or maybe you’ve suffered from that post-holiday feeling of panic when you’re greeted by a bulging inbox upon your return to work? […]
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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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What’s all the fuss about Fortnite?

I want to write about the dreaded ‘f’ word that’s causing angst in many families.  Fortnite! (Not that word!) In the last couple months, I’ve been inundated with questions from parents both online and during my Parent Seminars about the game Fortnite. There have been numerous blog posts written and also shared on social media […]
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Updated Screen time Guidelines: What Parents Really Need to Know

One of the universal digital dilemmas facing modern parents today is how much screen time is healthy or harmful? This is a question nearly every parent I meet wrestles with, as we’re given such conflicting and inconsistent advice when it comes to screen time. New Australian Guidelines On 21st November 2017, the Australian Department of […]
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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.