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 get you through and face happier times ahead.

I hope your kids enjoyed their year and I hope you got through another year of parenting relatively unscathed and able to relish in the good as well as face up to the challenges. If your child is a toddler starting to swipe an iPad, a preschooler learning their letters with the aid of an app, a primary school child heading off to school with a new device in their bag or a teenager taking selfies, connecting with friends, learning to code, writing a blog or just playing Minecraft and COD, then hopefully I have been able to offer you some valuable information, strategies and understanding to help keep it under control.

Here are just some of the most popular digital parenting posts from 2014.


3 Mistakes parents make with online safety

One minute conversations to hep kids listen and learn

2 things parents must do to effectively parent with technology

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

Critical Thinking Skills: the very best filter for our kids

5 Digital parenting beliefs you can kiss goodbye

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

Parenting in a Digital World: same but much different

Technology, Talking and taking the blame: are devices affecting kids speech?

Vamping: Our obsession with technology extending well into the night

Understanding Trolling

Cybersafety and Parenting: Are we getting it right?

Using teachable moments to keep kids safe online

Building children self esteem away from the screens

So there are just some of the posts I have written this year as we endeavour to understand this new world that does often appear so vastly different to the world we knew as a child. We can, however, continue to parent based on the same values and principals as before. We just need to keep learning and gaining perspective, remaining connected to our kids, relevant to their world and the very best teacher and supporter they have, in order to guide them through the opportunities and the challenges of the modern world.

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  1. WebSafetyNet

    Hi Martine,

    Some great content there. Its so important that parents are across these sort of things. It is far to easy to rule things as being to hard to understand. I find even alot of younger parents are quite oblivious to the technical aspects of what their kids get up to even though they themselves are glued to their ipads and iphones. Maybe this is the problem.



    1. Martine Oglethorpe

      Thanks Pete, I guess it is all about educating parents early on what is out their for their kids. They will never keep up with everything as they get older but it is so important to have a solid understanding of what the technology is capable of and how parents can use this knowledge to teach and guide their kids.

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