Parenting with Technology: Top posts of 2012

This post is dedicated to the most popular cybersafety and parenting with technology posts of 2012.

This is an area of parenting that is increasingly challenging parents as we are constantly faced with the all encompassing nature of the online world. As our children grow and develop amongst this new world, we as parents are making constant changes and adaptations to parent accordingly. We need to keep up with the changes, we need to make an attempt to understand their challenges, and we need to help each other be aware of the pitfalls they may encounter


So in case you missed them, here are some of the more popular ‘parenting with technology’ posts of 2012.

Thanks for reading and I hope to have many more posts for you as the technology changes, new challenges arise and we learn to support ,educate and guide ourselves and our kids through this dynamic new world.

Oh and please let me know if there is something specific you would like to see covered!

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    Creative. Thank you for posting that. I will check back to see what’s new and inform my coworkers about this website.

  2. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset

    Such a great resource for parents who find themselves in this technology-ruled world of kids! With my son starting prep this year, I’m afraid I’m just acouple of years away from needing all these articles! They’re bookmarked! x Aroha

    1. Martine

      Thanks Aroha, but I must say even starting Prep, there is still a lot we need to be aware of in terms of technology. Once they start school they suddenly become exposed to a whole lot more including discussions of latest games with friends as well as play dates that can mean exposure to a whole range of things we may not have expected until much later. We can certainly do our bit to shield them early on, but it is a good idea to be a step ahead and aware of what they are already using at young ages. Thanks for bookmarking:)

  3. You’ve created quite the archive of resources over the past year! Will share with readers and dip back in for a re-read.

    1. Martine

      Thanks so much Rachel, much appreciated.

  4. Housewife in Heels

    When I read the title, I didn’t think this would apply to me, as my children are still toddlers/ babies. Whilst I have minimised the television exposure for my toddlers, today I was thinking about getting an iPad so my 2 year old could play some educational games (e.g. learning numbers) – he has such an interest in my Iphone, and this would keep him occupied whilst I put his 1 year old brother to sleep. Technology has changed so much in such a short time frame- and I’m curious as to the impact this will have on neurodevelopment. What is the correct choice- to expose them, and give them the advantages offered by technology or minimise? I don’t think we’ll know the full answer to this, till our children grow up.

    1. Martine

      Thanks and yes most studies indicate changes to the way our kids brains work….some for the better and some for worse. There are some great apps around that do help kids development but I guess it is like anything…keep it in moderation, mix it up with outside and imaginative play and always impose time limits.

  5. EssentiallyJess

    You had such a busy year last year didn’t you Martine?
    It’s all stuff I’ll have to book mark for a few years down the road

    1. Martine

      Thanks Jess! Yes you sometimes don’t realize how much you did until you look back through the archives!

  6. kirri

    You know what’s interesting? I read a lot of blogs but looking at your list of posts – I can recall the content from almost every one of them. I think its because I know it is going to become increasingly relevant to my family and society in general. Great work Martine!

    1. Martine

      Thankyou so much Kirri, that is very kind 🙂

  7. Nathan

    Great post with lots of useful links. I’m a teacher, and am always amazed at how much information students share online – there are no boundaries and sometimes it has lead to genuinely serious issues.
    My wife and I made a choice not to identify our kids online, for a variety of reasons, and are very glad for it.

  8. Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Thanks for these links Martine – I will bookmark these and check them out. Our kids are just getting to that age when they are wanting to access more online content so I need all the help I can get to ensure they stay safe.

  9. Grace

    I love your parenting with technology posts. I’ve even referred them to some of my IRL mums who have teenagers!
    Thanks for putting them into one compact post! Will bookmark this now! x

  10. Kate Walsh

    Internet has indeed changed the world we live in since the past 20 years. As a vigilant parent it is our responsibility to keep a discerning eye on what the kids are doing on the net. With the intruders that are online one only can be careful. Informative article with some intelligently written blogs.

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