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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 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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devices in the classroom

What skills are devices really teaching kids in the classroom?

Can devices in the classroom really be worth the effort and the risk? What are the skills they are actually gaining from all that swiping? When talking about the uptake of technology into a classroom, parents are often a little nervous. When contemplating what year level devices and tablets should be introduced or whether they […]

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digital parenting

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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digital parenting

My response to the ‘vile pornography ring’

This week there has been more reports of abhorrent behaviours by young people, sharing nude photos of others, commenting, naming them, degrading them and passing judgement in pack mentality like proportions. 71 schools were named and shamed, however don’t look away just because your child’s school wasn’t mentioned. I have been asked for lots of […]

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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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online behaviour

Be Safe. Be Smart. Behave: being better online

Privacy settings and passwords. Predators, trolls and cyberbulling. Scams and viruses. What goes online stays online. These are just some of the things we have been teaching when it comes to cyber safety and digital citizenship. And they’re really important things to teach too. These are the things that help keep our kids safe in […]

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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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