#selfies – You are worth more than the sum total of your ‘likes’

The numerical value of all their ‘likes’, ‘followers’ and ‘friends’, do not present an accurate picture of the quality of their social experiences, the total of their abilities or a reflection of their worth. Read more [...]

Video Games can be good for you…wait, what?

“You know what’s really exciting about video games is you don’t just interact with the game physically—you’re not just moving your hand on a joystick, but you’re asked to interact with the game psychologically and emotionally as well. You’re not just watching the characters on screen; you’re becoming those characters.” Read more [...]

Sex Education, in the restaurant

As the evening progressed, I realized that every table had something in common. Every adult and every child (even the girl with the earphones) would spend several minutes, distracted from their conversations, staring up at that giant screen. Yes, even my own family. Read more [...]

Kim Kardashian – A role model?

Firstly, we don't give teen girls enough credit if we think that they actually regard Kim Kardashian as a good role model. Read more [...]

On ‘moral panics’ and silencing the debate on sexting apps

Has Laissez-faire parenting become ‘the new black’? With the help of home grown pot, parent-supervised binge-drinking parties and new self-destructing ‘sexting’ apps, teens can get safely inebriated, safely high, or safely sexually harassed, all in the comfort of the parental nest. The rationale being that teens will do such-and-such anyway, so why say ‘no’ to anything they want to do. Read more [...]

Recommendations for supporting teens through media reported trauma

As parents, we can barely imagine what the families involved in media reported trauma, wars or tragedy must go through.  Our children are often more aware of current events than we realise. They are indirectly exposed to trauma through discussions at school, on social media or in the news, which often serves to heighten fears or insecurities about their world. I would like to offer my recommendations for communicating with your child about any currently reported tragedy. Fear Read more [...]

How do I make rape ‘not funny’ to my teenage son?

I recently received an email from a parent with the exact subject heading as the title of this post. What got me thinking was that this was not the first time I had been asked/emailed/tweeted this question in recent months. Read more [...]

Do whatever you want; Except if you are a girl! Guest Post

“I can do whatever I want!” If only it were true for all our girls. Read more [...]

10 Top Tips for teaching your kids to become media savvy

According to Maggie Hamilton "Children were the untapped market, so corporations used grooming techniques similar to those of predators." Such as: Pretend to be their friend Offer gifts and incentives Flattering them Talking in their language Assuring kids they understand Deliberately use sexualised content in their products/ads because they know how irresistible sexualise material can be Actively ramp up sexualised images and products to lower Read more [...]

10 tips to empower families online.

"We must empower children and young people to access and enjoy the opportunities and benefits of the digital world, be risk aware, but not fearful, and support them to develop skills to become digitally literate." (Professor Tanya Byron of The Byron Review) Read more [...]