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parenting online

How can parents enforce rules around technology and the online world?

How do we enforce rules around technology and the online world when so much of what they do we cannot see? I get this question a lot. Here’s what I think. Different family values determine the importance families place on certain rules and boundaries that in turn become part of our daily lives. We have […]

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Using the movie ‘Inside Out’ to discuss emotions with kids

The latest movie from Pixar, ‘Inside Out’, does a great job of balancing the complex elements of neuroscience whilst remaining connected to a younger audience in both an engaging and entertaining way. I took my kids to see this during the school holidays, and I must say it is probably the only time I was […]

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dealing with bullying

Dealing with bullying: parents questions answered

I get many questions from parents of kids who are being bullied and also some from those suspecting that their child is engaging in bullying behaviour. Mostly parents feel inundated with information, but have no real clear action plan to take in order to tackle the behaviours. We have looked before at what behaviours constitute […]

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Bullying: sorting the facts from the myths

Bullying is nothing new. Our hyper connected world has, however,  ensured greater awareness of the nature and consequences of bullying and much needed discussion has followed.  In order to be most effective in our dealing with bullying behaviour, both in preventing it and dealing with it when it happens, we need to make sure we […]

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bullying behaviour

Bullying, rude, mean or just a lot of drama? Why we should differentiate

One of the most frustrating things about the attention bullying gets today is the unfortunate overuse of the word. I will say from the get go, that bullying behaviour needs attention. It is hurtful, dangerous and oftentimes has catastrophic consequences. It needs attention and it needs to stop. Sometimes what people experience either in real […]

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parenting and technology

Our kids know so much about technology, how can parents keep up?

“My kid knows so much about technology. I could never keep up” I hear this statement a lot from parents. Usually it is followed by “It is just so scary. I don’t even want to think about it”. And so they don’t. Because its all too hard. Or they think about it and make the […]

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live video streaming apps

Periscope, Meercat: how safe are live video streaming apps for kids?

Filming ourselves and uploading, creating short movies and recording interviews, speeches and conversations for all to view has been going on for a while now. On Youtube alone 300 hours of video are uploaded every single second. Thats nearly 2 weeks worth of viewing every single second! But now we are dealing with a whole […]

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