Testimonial for Martine’s Parent Session – ‘Being Safe and Smart in the Digital World’
Martine spoke at our school recently, sharing her knowledge and practical information with parents so that they can assist in keeping their children safe and smart in the ever-changing digital world. She explored the reality of the positive and negative uses and aspects of the digital world, speaking about it in terms of consumerism, communication and creativity. Her advice regarding social media and device usage was not about how much time is right for each age group, but more importantly, about being prepared, setting up guidelines at an early age and open conversations, rather than trying to catch up as children get older. Martine shared some options for being practically safe on different devices and offered the ability to keep in touch with her as an expert mentor in this field, via her website. This was most reassuring for parents.
Martine shared current knowledge and data. She was engaging and answered questions posed by parents from the dual perspective of parent and professional educator. The members of our school community who attended have spoken most positively about Martine’s session.
Angela Lacey, Principal (July 2016)
“As part of our week long series of workshops for parents, students and teachers on digital citizenship, Martine provided a presentation on a range of practical strategies for parents on how to navigate the world of technology with their children. Martine encouraged parents to talk regularly with their children about digital issues, and recommended the early implementation of rules and boundaries. The feedback was extremely positive from parents”
‘As a non tech-savvy parent with a very tech-savvy almost 10 year old, I am personally walking in a mind field on a daily basis. Martine’s presentation not only provided a depth of understanding about the IT world that our children today are living in, but some fantastic strategies (many of which I have since implemented) to help manage and ‘control’ their involvement in a way that also allows them to expand their knowledge base (and to some degree my own!).’ Thank you so much for a great presentation!”
Julie Sengelman, Executive Officer APFACTS. APFACTS is the peak non-government school parent voice for the ACT, proudly built by parents for parents to have an active voice in education issues.
“Martine came to our school during Stay Smart Online Week to speak to our parents and students at our school assembly. Martine engaged the audience and spoke in a way that reached out to both parents, teachers and students. She helped to summarise key learning and provide parent and student friendly tips for staying smart, safe and responsible online in easy to understand language. Martine was a pleasure to deal with and an utmost professional.”
Krystal Hide Classroom Teacher, Mill Park Primary School.
“Martine presented at our ‘Grandparents as Primary Carers’ Group. She presented on her blog ‘The Modern Parent”. This group meets monthly to share experiences as Grandparents who are the primary carers of their grandchildren, to receive relevant information that may assist their parenting issues and to offer support to each other. Martine was Professional and approachable in her demeanour and provided the group with much valuable information. She provided the group with information and advice concerning modern parenting and shared with the group through her professional training as a teacher and counsellor and through her everyday experiences as a mother of 5. I have no hesitation in recommending Martine for any similar presentations”.
Amy Street, Grandparents Group Convenor, Taskforce.
“Martine I cannot thank you enough for all the work you put in to help Tim* and ultimately myself and my family. Your no no-nonsense approach and empathic nature combined to provide just the right person to help us. I know how much Tim respected you and as a result we have seen great changes in both his behaviour and attitude. The school too has noticed and advised us of his improvements. Thanks again, we are so grateful”.
We really appreciate you coming to our school to enlighten us with all your fabulous info!
I have received very positive feedback not just from parents, but our teachers too!
Everybody was highly impressed with your advice, professionalism and engagement
and we would love to see you again!!
Class Co-ordinator, Ringwood Heights Primary School
“I am writing to thank you so much Martine for helping Sarah and providing her with lots more understanding of living with a parent with a mental illness. She really looked forward to the group and now has lots of strategies to help her cope with our challenges much better. She will really miss it”