Author Archives: Leonie Smith

Melinda Tankard Reist – Author – The Collective Shout

Melinda Tankard Reist – Author – The Collective Shout

My guest today is Melinda Tankard Reist, Melinda is an author, speaker, media commentator, and advocate for young people. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. 

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Melinda Tankard Reist

Melinda is author/editor of six books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry . 

Melinda has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions and many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation. 

She is an Ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia, Hagar NZ and the youth mentoring body the Raise Foundation, Melinda is also Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Culture and Ethics, Notre Dame University, Sydney. She is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.

In this podcast Melinda and I discuss the influence of porn on our young people. How porn is changing their culture and their understanding of their own sexuality. We also talk about the sexualisation of children via the clothing that is marketed to them and how social media is creating a generation of children who have unrealistic body image based on influencers and social media filters.

 

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The Unplugged Psychologist – Brad Marshall

The Unplugged Psychologist – Brad Marshall

In this Digital Families podcast Brad Marshal and Leonie chat about the signs and symptoms of problematic Internet Use, what sort of treatment is available, and what to do if your child isn’t necessary “addicted” but you can’t get them off their device. 

We also discuss some practical every day solutions that parents can use to help their child have a healthy relationship with their digital devices and advice on when to allow your child access to devices like iPads and other mobile devices and what sort of apps they can safely use? Continue Reading

Generation Alpha, What Does Their Future Hold?

Generation Alpha, What Does Their Future Hold?

In this podcast I chat with Mark McCrindle who is a social researcher and futurist. He is internationally recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. He coined the term ‘Generation Alpha’ children born after 2010 who are now 10 years of age and younger. Mark McCrindle is an award- winning social researcher. We talk about how screens are effecting this generations maturity, and what sort of jobs and lifestyle this generation can look forward to. We also discuss the positive future these children may have with emerging technology. Find more information about Generation Alpha and the Book Here: Continue Reading

“Boys To Men” Parenting Boys With Maggie Dent

“Boys To Men” Parenting Boys With Maggie Dent

In this podcast Leonie and Maggie chat about raising our boys to be good men. We also talk about how boys are being too contained in our modern world they need more freedom and realistic learning environments that involve physicality. We also chat about boys and screens. If you have a son that seems as if he cannot leave his screen this is for you. What can you do if dragging your son away from that video game seems like pulling teeth. Will he ever find life away from his device? Continue Reading

The “Ten-Ager” with Author Madonna King – Digital Family Podcast

The “Ten-Ager” with Author Madonna King – Digital Family Podcast

Madonna King is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having won awards for her ABC Mornings current affairs program. She writes across Fairfax, Crikey and The New Daily, and is the author of ten books, including the bestselling Being 14 (ABIA shortlisted for non-fiction book of the year), Fathers and Daughters and now Ten-ager. Madonna… Continue Reading

A Girls & Boys Guide To Puberty Digital Families Podcast with Michelle Mitchell

A Girls & Boys Guide To Puberty Digital Families Podcast with Michelle Mitchell

My guest today is someone I’ve had on Digital Families twice before. Michelle has such an amazing insight into parenting, that I’m constantly recommending her to parents who need good straight talking advice about their children’s issues.  Michelle Mitchell an author, speaker and advocate for families and parenting teenagers. She is the author of 2… Continue Reading

“Among Us” Game New Restrictions For Safety

“Among Us” Game New Restrictions For Safety

“Among Us” 9yrs+ the popular Cludo like online murder game has been having some issues for younger players with chat on the public games it hosts. The chat has been littered with abuse and sexual harassment. The “iinersloth” the developers of Among Us have recently introduced a new chat filter called “Quick Chat Only” to limit… Continue Reading

The Cyber Safety Lady Parent Webinar

The Cyber Safety Lady Parent Webinar

Parent/Carer/teacher adult only webinar for online safety. Due to the enormous response to my posts on Roblox this week I will be holding a Parent Webinar next week on Monday the 25th January 2021 before school goes back to discuss Roblox, and other online games like Among Us and more. Registration is a donation of… Continue Reading

‘Parenting for a Digital Future,’ with Professor Sonia Livingstone

‘Parenting for a Digital Future,’ with Professor Sonia Livingstone

Many parents are really struggling to help and supervise their children’s online world and learning. Why are parents being blamed and marginalised for “Bad Digital Parenting” Is this fair? In her latest research and book “Parenting For A Digital Future” Professor Sandra Livingstone asked parents from all sorts of backgrounds about what their hopes were… Continue Reading