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About: Collett Smart

Collett Smart is both a registered psychologist, qualified teacher, speaker, writer and parenting consultant. Collett has been working with families for over 20 years and had the unique opportunity of working with children and teens in Australia, the UK and Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree, as well as an Honours Degree in Psychology. Her professional advice is regularly sought in the media; appearing regularly on Channel 7, as well as on radio.

 Collett is married with 3 children.

Teenagers and alcohol

When it comes to the question of teenagers and alcohol, adolescent psychologist Collett Smart has very clear advice for parents: wait until they’re 18. In her view, it’s one of the great parenting “non-negotiables”. Read more [...] Read More

Parents are having much farther reaching effects than they know

When you tell your child that they’ve reached their limit of screen time for the day or that they aren’t allowed to play a particular game because of its content, you aren’t going to see their grades improve immediately or […]

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Part 1 – ‘It’s Complicated: The social Lives of Networked Teens’

'It is common for people to label anything unfamiliar as dangerous, and social media platforms and gaming devices are no exception.' Read more [...] Read More

Part 2 – ‘It’s Complicated’ – My disagreements

In an ideal world our digital persona would not have any effect on the views of employers, friends or colleagues, but no matter how much we hypothesize that this should not be the case pressing the delete button will not […]

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