Author Archives: Leonie Smith

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 exposure in fun, fresh ways. Media literacy education is more critical than ever with increased screen time due to the recent global pandemic and wide-ranging messages displayed across social media and other media platforms.

In todays podcast Amy and Leonie talk about how children need to learn about their digital footprint online. How they can reveal private information about themselves and their friends online and how to be careful about what they share.

We also talk about the nuances of the internet and how children find it hard to unwrap behaviour online due to the 2 dimensional aspect of screens.

Amy offers parents some tips on how to better educate their children about their digital footprints and how to navigate the internet with more awareness.

This important beautifully illustrated book can be purchased online at Amazon or all good bookstores.

 

The Secret Of The Vanishing Bones. Amy Jussel

 

Helpful links:
DigitalDogsBook.com (main site for the book/guide/coloring pages)
www.shapingyouth.org (decade+ of edu/media literacy content) How to analyze media messages
NAMLE.net (National Association for Media Literacy Education)
MediaLiteracyNow.org (maps progress in creating a public education system of critical 21st century skills)

Coloring pages for wee ones to instill media/digital literacy at Pre-K level (FREE on DigitalDogsBook.com)
Interior content spreads
Adjunct Parent/Educator Guide (FREE pdf on DigitalDogsBook.com, also now in paperback on Amazon)


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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

Melinda Tankard Reist – Author – The Collective Shout

Melinda Tankard Reist – Author – The Collective Shout

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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