Author Archive | Martine Oglethorpe

screentime parenting

Screentime rules: parenting for the individual child

What rules should I have for my family when it comes to screentime? How much screentime should my children be allowed? What can they play, watch, consume on the screens? At what point will they become addicted to their screen? These are just some of the many questions I get asked from parents, but like […]

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A More Respectful Internet for Safer Internet Day 2018

It’s Safer Internet Day on Tuesday the 6th Feb, and that means people around the world are getting vocal about the need for a more respectful internet. That means respecting ourselves and of course respecting others. Sounds simple enough. But the nuances of a connected world mean that many things are not always straight forward […]

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parenting teens

Trust versus Freedom: Finding balance with your teenager

This is a guest post from Annie Wylie from ReachOut Australia  Finding the balance between trust and freedom with your teenager is a nerve-racking tightrope act every parent must master. Lean too heavily on fear and authority, and they’re likely to rebel to gain some control. Give them too much freedom and they can feel […]

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dobbing on kids

When kids make mistakes online should you tell their parents?

When kids make mistakes online should you tell their parents? Should you dob on other peoples kids or should you stay out of others business for fear of reprisal? Are you happy for someone to expose your own child’s less than glowing behaviour to yourself? Our kids will no doubt make some mistakes online. Goodness knows […]

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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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critical thinking online

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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