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Safer Internet Day 2016: Parents play your part #SID2016

Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day. This year over one hundred countries will come together to promote a safer internet through raising awareness, improving education and working on laws to keep up with the changing times. The theme of this years event is “Play your part for a better internet”. And of course for […]

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Practise in the playground before playing online

I have written many times before about my concerns at simply following age recommendations when it comes time to handing our children a device, or setting them up on social media or letting them play games online. Sure, age restrictions are there mostly to protect young people and ensure that their playing is appropriate for […]

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What a photo gone viral tells us about digital parenting

Recently I saw a photo from a content filtering company NetSanity on Twitter, had a little chuckle to myself, thought it relevant to my audience and shared it on my Facebook page. Here is the photo….kind of cute hey? At the time of writing this the photo was shared 84000 times, commented on over 7000 […]

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online behaviour

Observing Human behaviour online: what it means for our kids

The arrival of the internet some 20 something years ago, presented us with untold changes to the way we live our lives. Much of those changes now centre around how we work, how we are educated, informed, entertained and how we socialise.  The online world has now become a hot spot for human interaction and […]

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Top video games posts for parents from 2015

The amount of time kids spend playing video games, the types of video games our kids play and the fear of kids becoming gamer zombies with no social skills or relation to the real world, is often a challenge for parents today. But research, perspective and experience tells us that many times these fears are […]

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Top Digital Parenting posts for 2015

When it comes to digital parenting today, much of what I believe comes from the need to have a clear understanding of the world our children are growing up in, and a solid perspective of what it means to be a child growing up today. To do this, we need to focus on learning and […]

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Setting up kids devices

Setting up a device safely for kids

Many kids will be moving in to the new school year with a new device, tablet or computer, or others may simply be lucky enough to be transitioning in to the world of owning their own device for the first time. There are plenty of things we can be doing all the time to ensure […]

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A letter from Santa for a new device, phone or tablet

If you suspect Santa may be gracing your child with a new device, a phone or a new tablet or ipad, then setting up some boundaries from the get go is the best way to ensure they remain a welcome addition and not an object of conflict! Pop this little letter from Santa in the […]

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A LETTER FROM

Video games for Christmas? Attach this letter from Santa

If you suspect your little ones may be fortunate enough to be getting video games or a new video game console for Christmas this year, you may want to slip in this letter from Santa to help set up some boundaries and ensure the game playing remains safe, healthy and lots of fun.   If […]

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Dealing with trolls: advice to my teenage son

What happens when your child gets trolled? When they say to you “why would someone say that? How could they be so horrible?” Here’s what I recently told my teenage son on how to deal with trolls When people write vile and contemptible words via social media, often anonymously, there is a tendency to want […]

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