Author Archives: Leonie Smith

“FROM HIGH SCHOOL FAILURE TO AWARD WINNING AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR” Digital Families Podcast

“FROM HIGH SCHOOL FAILURE TO AWARD WINNING AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR” Digital Families Podcast

Josh Langley was told he would amount to nothing in life, having failed high school (twice) and being unemployed for several years, but that didn’t stop Josh from becoming a multi award-winning radio copywriter and award-winning children’s author.  Now his ground-breaking children’s books, programs and school talks on self-acceptance, resilience, understanding emotions and kindness, are helping thousands of kids make friends with themselves. 

In this latest episode of the Digital Families Podcast I talk with Author and public speaker Josh Langley about how digital technology can both hinder and help with children’s development. Josh also talks about his love of books and how to get children away from the screens and back to books.

Josh is a popular speaker at schools where he helps all children feel like they have a place in this world. He talks to them about “Being You is Enough” a book he wrote to his 8 year old self. It’s message of self-acceptance and love resonated with kids and parents around the world.  He went on to publish 9 books and in 2018 won the Australian Book Industry Awards Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of Year, for his second children’s book It’s Ok to Feel the Way You Do (Big Sky Publishing 2017).

With social media impacting the well being of children as young as 8 years old, effecting their self image and contributing to feelings of anxiety and feeling “not enough” Josh and I got into the “weeds” of how to counteract many of the messages that children are getting today.

Josh Langley Website https://joshlangley.com.au

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How An Abuse Survivor Turned Police Officer Is Helping Kids With Abuse

How An Abuse Survivor Turned Police Officer Is Helping Kids With Abuse

Kelly Humphries is a survivor of child sexual abuse, a law enforcement officer, ambassador, author, and advocate. Kelly is extremely passionate about breaking cycles of abuse through multiple platforms and is a compelling and powerful speaker, knowledgeable and witty panelist and emcee. She advocates on various print and social media platforms and is in the… Continue Reading

Resilience Optimism Confidence with Claire Eaton Parent Coach

Resilience Optimism Confidence with Claire Eaton Parent Coach

This weeks guest on “Digital Families” Podcast is Claire Eaton, a speaker, youth coach and author of four books for teens, “ROC and RISE” “You are awesome”, “Hello High School” and its companion Planner.  Claire began her career as a teacher and deputy principal, which quickly lead to her deep interest in mindset, and the… Continue Reading

Digital Families Parent Coaching

Digital Families Parent Coaching

Announcing “Digital Families Parent Coaching” Leonie Smith has been helping to empower families to have a happier and safer experience online for over 11 years, since 2010. Leonie is now focusing more of her attention on personally helping families with eSafety and Digital Parenting via her service “Digital Families Parent Coaching. Although Leonie has been… Continue Reading

Kids Leaving Data Trails Online – Amy Jussel on Digital Families Podcast

Kids Leaving Data Trails Online – Amy Jussel on Digital Families Podcast

  My guest today is Author Amy Jussel,  Amy Jussel is the founder of Shaping Youth  and author of The Secret of the Vanishing Bones: Tracking the Data Trail. Her new book, aimed at students K-5, is designed to instill critical thinking about media through storytelling, developing early skills that help kids navigate their digital… Continue Reading

Kids On Social Media With Training Wheels On! Claire Orange – DiGii Social

Kids On Social Media With Training Wheels On! Claire Orange – DiGii Social

In this podcast Claire Orange and I chat about helping primary school children learn to navigate social media safely. Claire developed DiGii Social to help give students in year 5 and 6 an experience of what it is like to be on social media with strict moderation and safety. Using artificial intelligence DiGii Social helps… Continue Reading

“The New Teen Age” Digital Families Podcast

“The New Teen Age” Digital Families Podcast

My guest on this weeks Digital Families Podcast  is Jo Lamble clinical Psychologist and co Author of the book “The New Teen Age” how to support todays tweens and teens to become healthy happy adults. Jo Lamble and Dr Ginni Mansberg co Authored this book for parents which has just been published. Jo Lamble is a Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing for over 25 years Continue Reading

Telethon Kids and the Beacon App with Bec Nguyen

Telethon Kids and the Beacon App with Bec Nguyen

My guest today is Bec Nguyen from “Telethon Kids Institute” Project Manager of the “Beacon App” a cyber safety educational app designed to keep parents and carers up to date with trusted, tailored information, to help keep their kids safe online. Bec Nguyen is a Digital Project Manager with the Health Promotion and Education Research team,… Continue Reading