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online parenting

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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advice on trolls

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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technology and parenting

Technology is a great servant, but a bad master: help kids take control

Technology is a great servant, but a bad master. This take on Francis Bacons quote “Money is a great servant but a bad master” could also be replaced with the words the internet, social media, device, smart phone or any number of those things in life that we love and yet hate. Those things we […]

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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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Myths &Factsabout

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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videos for cyber safety

Videos to help teach our kids to be safe and smart online

Having open honest discussions with your kids is one of the best ways to help keep them safe and responsible online and to help them talk about the challenges they may face spending time online. Sometimes it’s hard to bring up topics without sounding all ‘lecture-y’ and it isn’t long before the eyes start to […]

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