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Periscope, Meercat: how safe are live video streaming apps for kids?

Filming ourselves and uploading, creating short movies and recording interviews, speeches and conversations for all to view has been going on for a while now. On Youtube alone 300 hours of video are uploaded every single second. Thats nearly 2 weeks worth of viewing every single second! But now we are dealing with a whole […]

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videos for cyber safety

Videos to help teach our kids to be safe and smart online

Having open honest discussions with your kids is one of the best ways to help keep them safe and responsible online and to help them talk about the challenges they may face spending time online. Sometimes it’s hard to bring up topics without sounding all ‘lecture-y’ and it isn’t long before the eyes start to […]

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digital Parenting

Parenting in a Digital World: Stop fighting, start connecting: The E-book!

I want to help my child make good decisions online but I’m not sure how? When I ask my child to stop playing a game he gets upset and says I don’t understand My child wants to play on their device all the time. My child wants to play on social media sites I have […]

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TOP DIGITAL PARENTING POSTS 2014

Top Digital Parenting Posts of 2014

As we pack up the Christmas tree and pop the champas on another rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”, it’s time to reflect on the year that was. I hope it was a good year for you. If it wasn’t so great, I hope you found the love and support from those close to you to […]

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privacy online

Teaching kids to be private in a public world: Is it possible?

“A child born today will grow up with no perception of privacy at all……they’ll never know what its like to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalysed thought” Edward Snowden, 2013. Some rather somber words from Mr Snowden, but is he right? Do you think those babies born in the last few years […]

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cyber safe parenting

Cyber Safety and Parenting: Are we getting it right?

Do you think parents have a good understanding of what their kids are doing online?  Is ‘cyber safety’ something parents are really thinking about? Are the words ‘cyber safe’ even still necessary? Or should it all just come back to general parenting skills? Are we doing a good job of parenting in this area or […]

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online safety

Using teachable moments to keep kids safe online

Using teachable moments is one of the most effective strategies I have used to help keep kids safe and responsible online and help get them thinking about consequences to their behaviours and thinking.  We know most kids don’t respond well to lecturing. They tend to hear the first line, a few mumbles in the middle […]

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social networking apps

What age should kids be allowed on social networking sites?

So what age should our kids be allowed on social networking sites? This past week, and indeed for many years for those of us working in this space, the ‘argument’ about when to let kids have access to social networking sites and apps, has been an ongoing debate and was recently once more brought to […]

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Self esteem and the online world: More than likes and followers

Are likes, followers, shares and comments the new currency for self esteem? Must every child’s friendship be legitimised with a selfie proclaiming BFF status? Are kids placing their very self worth on the accumulation of affirming ‘friends’ they have neither seen nor spoken to? With our kids relying increasingly on social networking sites for much […]

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