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 better behavior tomorrow (in fact, you might see a lot of complaining today). Read more [...]

The ‘Like me’ Generation

Collett on The Exchange with Michael Woods discussing young people and Social Media.

#selfies at funerals

What is the difference between self-expression and self-promotion? Read more [...]

#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 [...]

Why technology needs to be out of bedrooms

I am not implying that every child is a suicide risk, or that every parent needs to hang over their child's shoulder all afternoon. However, every child will have access to some form of bullying behaviour, other online content and myriad discussions, yet no one knows our children like we do. We can monitor body language, conversations and content, far better in the lounge room than when hidden behind a closed door. 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 [...]

Getting control back: Regaining the right to keep your kids safe online

A collective sigh, perhaps of despondence, seemed to come over the room when she finished. It all seemed too much. In talking with parents, I found many for whom the battle to keep kids safe from online dangers already feels lost. Their children seem so in control and aware of what's going on, they already have their own devices, their own apps, their own online language. Parents can easily feel on the outer when it comes to their children's online lives. Read more [...]

Teen ‘sexting’ – The real issues with naked selfies

So Facebook is planning an app that allows you to send photos ‘discreetly’, much like Snapchat? Naturally! Doesn’t everyone sending a photo to grandma, of their 2 year old playing on the beach this Christmas season, want it to self-destruct in 10 seconds? Quick, get your specs grandma – oops too late. Read more [...]

Is sexting just ‘parent panic’?

Last Friday, whilst in the hairdresser, I was handed a magazine. I initially declined as I had my own book to read, but a featured article caught my eye.    Jennifer Hawkins “I’m all for sexting!” Yes, our beloved JayHawk, former Miss Universe and by default (somehow) an Australian role model, is encouraging potentially risky behaviour. Again!  (The complaint about Jen's ad for Loveable lingerie, for young girls, was upheld by the ASB recently. She was also an ambassador Read more [...]

iGroan – a response to parents’ growing relationships with iphones (and other mobile technologies)

It’s true – I do groan. It happens each time I wander past a playground to see children happily playing whilst their parents are busy attending to something or someone else on a mobile phone or device…either via a voice call, sms, email or web-browsing. The same thing happens when I turn up at children’s sport , only to notice that half of the spectating parents are otherwise engaged enthusiastically with their hand-held technology. You’ll find similar responses are elicited from Read more [...]