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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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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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The positive role of social media for young people

Lets talk about the positive role of social media for young people. Allowing our children to engage in social media can be great for their development and even their mental health. Yes I know, it isn’t something that sits well with many parents as they bemoan the ‘head in the device mumble’ that comes from […]

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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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How do I know if my child is ready for social media?

So your child is badgering you for an Instagram account? Eager to get snapping on Snapchat or become a music video pop star on Musical.ly? Because, EVERYONE else is allowed. And of course your child is the ONLY one in the whole school and you are ruining their whole social life and they are going […]

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My most frequently asked questions on cyber safety and parenting in a digital world

Cyber safety and digital parenting often evokes feelings of fear, confusion and overwhelm. There is no doubt that the digital world our children are immersed in can fill us with dread, can leave us feeling out of control, afraid for our children, and thankful we ourselves didn’t have to grow up in the glaring spotlight […]

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My response to the ‘vile pornography ring’

This week there has been more reports of abhorrent behaviours by young people, sharing nude photos of others, commenting, naming them, degrading them and passing judgement in pack mentality like proportions. 71 schools were named and shamed, however don’t look away just because your child’s school wasn’t mentioned. I have been asked for lots of […]

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The Modern Parent teams with Family Zone to keep kids safe online

As someone who is constantly talking to parents about the digital world and the challenges they face raising children today, I know that they often feel helpless and overwhelmed. Finding the balance between protecting our kids, whilst still giving them the skills to face this world independently, is certainly no mean feat. But essentially much […]

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4 Reasons your child’s brain is wired to have techno tantrums

This week on the blog I am thrilled to have Dr Kristy Goodwin sharing her expertise on why your child’s brain is wired to have techno tantrums. Kristy is a leading children’s technology and development expert, author, speaker and consultant (and mum who also has to wrangle her smartphone from her toddler!).  She helps parents […]

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