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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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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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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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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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Top Digital Parenting posts of 2016

The world of digital parenting in a todays world presents us with many challenges. What we face is a world that is dynamic, fast paced, ever changing and very often unknown. As parents, this can leave us feeling fearful and powerless. We need to remember however,  that we play a crucial role. We need to […]

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The positive role of social media for young people

Lets talk about the positive role of social media for young people. Allowing our children to engage in social media can be great for their development and even their mental health. Yes I know, it isn’t something that sits well with many parents as they bemoan the ‘head in the device mumble’ that comes from […]

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How do I know if my child is ready for social media?

So your child is badgering you for an Instagram account? Eager to get snapping on Snapchat or become a music video pop star on Musical.ly? Because, EVERYONE else is allowed. And of course your child is the ONLY one in the whole school and you are ruining their whole social life and they are going […]

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My most frequently asked questions on cyber safety and parenting in a digital world

Cyber safety and digital parenting often evokes feelings of fear, confusion and overwhelm. There is no doubt that the digital world our children are immersed in can fill us with dread, can leave us feeling out of control, afraid for our children, and thankful we ourselves didn’t have to grow up in the glaring spotlight […]

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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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