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digital devices at school

BYOD: Sending kids to school with a digital device? What parents need to know

Sending kids off to school with an internet enabled, often expensive new device in their backpacks, can be of great concern for many parents. They are worried about exposing their child to a globally connected world and online content that is often inappropriate. There are fears about predators, cyberbullying, sexting, obsessive use and time wasting […]

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digital parenting

Top Digital Parenting posts of 2016

The world of digital parenting in a todays world presents us with many challenges. What we face is a world that is dynamic, fast paced, ever changing and very often unknown. As parents, this can leave us feeling fearful and powerless. We need to remember however,  that we play a crucial role. We need to […]

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devices in the classroom

What skills are devices really teaching kids in the classroom?

Can devices in the classroom really be worth the effort and the risk? What are the skills they are actually gaining from all that swiping? When talking about the uptake of technology into a classroom, parents are often a little nervous. When contemplating what year level devices and tablets should be introduced or whether they […]

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internet contract for kids, tweens

Internet contract for kids, tweens and teens

Having an internet contract is just one way of opening up the conversation about making good decisions online. I have done these again after many requests from families to have something tangible to help them put in place some rules and boundaries that help kids build on the skills and thinking they will need as […]

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safe search engines for kids

5 kid safe search engines to keep them safer online

Why the need for kid safe search engines? The reflex human reaction to an enquiry or quest for answers almost always begins with a ‘google’ search.  And one would like to think the internet of all things is carefully curated content that only serves up developmentally and age appropriate responses to these innocent topic searches. […]

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saying yes to technology

Convincing parents to say ‘Yes’ to technology, social networks and screentime

Do your parents need convincing when it comes to technology? Are you a child who has been asking mum and dad for a new device, access to a social network or more screen time? Or are you a parent with a child wanting a new device, access to a social network or more screen time? […]

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top digital parenting posts

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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