Author Archive | Martine Oglethorpe

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What I’m discovering about girls, social media and self esteem

Girls, social media and self esteem. What is, if any, the connection between how a young girl uses technology and social media and the health of their self esteem? If there is a connection, what comes first? An already existing low self esteem leading to trawling through social media feeds in an attempt to find […]

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The critical skill of critically evaluating online content

Why is it so critical to critically evaluate content online? Well there is a lot of content online. Yes that is the understatement of the century.  Want a snapshot to back that up? Facebook users watch 8 billion videos per day, snapchat users share over 400 million snaps per day and share 9000 photos per […]

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Instagram- an update for parents

Instagram: update for parents to help you decide if your child is ready

When should I let my child have Instagram? One of the many questions I get asked as it seems to be the social network most young people look to as their first foray into the world of social networking. In saying that, if they are playing on the likes of Musical.ly then this too is […]

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digital distractions

Distracted by devices? Why multitasking may not be working for your child

Our increasing reliance on digital devices for pretty much everything, often leads us to believe that multitasking is indeed possible and even a prerequisite of daily life today. We can scroll, tweet, like, comment, share, play a round of ‘Words with friends’, crush some candy and answer an email whilst cooking, vacuuming, walking, driving, talking, […]

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The big 3 social media apps for kids right now

What social network apps are kids using today? How can I make sure my kids are safe on these apps? How am I supposed to keep up? How can I say ‘no’ when supposedly every other child is allowed this social network? These are some of the frequently asked questions I receive from parents when […]

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digital resilience

The importance of digital resilience for kids today

Building resilience in a digital world must be a priority for our kids today. What does digital resilience actually mean? A while ago now resilience became the buzzword of raising children today.  It refers to the ability of our kids to rise after a fall. To bounce back from adversity. To be ok with losing. […]

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Should you let your teenager on Yellow app: Tinder for the young?

Should you let your teenager on Yellow app,  the new flirting/dating site used by over 7 million generation Z’s and dubbed the Tinder for young people? Well the short answer is, not if you don’t want your child judged purely by aesthetics and not if you don’t want them asked every other minute to send […]

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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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