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internet contract for kids, tweens

Internet contract for kids, tweens and teens

Having an internet contract is just one way of opening up the conversation about making good decisions online. I have done these again after many requests from families to have something tangible to help them put in place some rules and boundaries that help kids build on the skills and thinking they will need as […]

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week on snapchat

My week on snapchat: getting perspective for kids and parents

I have been talking to parents about Snapchat for a while now. After all, this is by and large one of the most popular apps kids are using at the moment. It is a social network created on the premise that photos and video can be sent to a chosen number of people, viewed for […]

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technology addiction

Are we addicted to technology? Or do we need to change the rhetoric?

Are we addicted to technology? ‘They are addicted to Minecraft’ ‘She can’t live without Instagram’ ‘They go ballistic if I turn off the wifi’ ‘They refuse to come to the table without their device’ ‘He can’t stop playing with his phone’ I hear these comments regularly from parents about their children. We hear about it […]

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self esteem

7 signs social media is killing your kids self esteem (or yours)

Social media is killing our kids self esteem. And for many an adult too,it is wreaking havoc with their sense of self worth. With social media offering us a constant barrage of comparison with those achieving great things, looking fabulous, being cleverer, purchasing bigger and better ‘everythings’ and going to more exotic places, then it […]

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saying yes to technology

Convincing parents to say ‘Yes’ to technology, social networks and screentime

Do your parents need convincing when it comes to technology? Are you a child who has been asking mum and dad for a new device, access to a social network or more screen time? Or are you a parent with a child wanting a new device, access to a social network or more screen time? […]

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safer internet day

Safer Internet Day 2016: Parents play your part #SID2016

Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day. This year over one hundred countries will come together to promote a safer internet through raising awareness, improving education and working on laws to keep up with the changing times. The theme of this years event is “Play your part for a better internet”. And of course for […]

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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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digital parenting

What a photo gone viral tells us about digital parenting

Recently I saw a photo from a content filtering company NetSanity on Twitter, had a little chuckle to myself, thought it relevant to my audience and shared it on my Facebook page. Here is the photo….kind of cute hey? At the time of writing this the photo was shared 84000 times, commented on over 7000 […]

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online behaviour

Observing Human behaviour online: what it means for our kids

The arrival of the internet some 20 something years ago, presented us with untold changes to the way we live our lives. Much of those changes now centre around how we work, how we are educated, informed, entertained and how we socialise.  The online world has now become a hot spot for human interaction and […]

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parenting with video games

Top video games posts for parents from 2015

The amount of time kids spend playing video games, the types of video games our kids play and the fear of kids becoming gamer zombies with no social skills or relation to the real world, is often a challenge for parents today. But research, perspective and experience tells us that many times these fears are […]

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