Category Archives: Digital Parenting

Being a parent in the digital age

Screentime and Tracking Apps

Screentime and Tracking Apps

Excessive Screentime After Lockdown?

Parental Control Tracking – Building Trust and Encouraging Free Play

In this week’s “Digital Families” Podcast I speak with Sonia Livingstone a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, who is also the co-Author with Alicia Blum-Ross of the recently released book based on her research  “Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears About Technology Shape Children’s Lives”. about parental controls, screentime vs free play and tracking.

Recently there has been quite a bit of discussion about parental controls and apps that can track children. Now that our children are getting back to face to face and socialising, many parents are understandably using the available technology to track and surveil their kids online and offline behaviour. But when do parental controls and tracking become overbearing or an invasion of privacy, when should parents start to give the child more space and trust?

Screentime vs Free Play

Many of my clients are working with me on issues around winding back screentime and developing better habits around online devices. Some parents are reporting that their children seem to have lost the ability to entertain themselves off screens after so much screentime during Covid lockdowns. Sonia Livingstone and I discuss the issue of the importance of children having “Free Play” both on screens and off. How we can transition children from screens to healthy play that is so important for their development.

Sonia’s Book “Parenting For A Digital Future” Is Available Here: www.sonialivingstone.net

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Safer Internet Day – Parental Awareness.

Safer Internet Day – Parental Awareness.

Today is Safer Internet Day. Australia’s eSafety Commisioner’s Office have also just released some new research about parents awareness of their children experiences online, with some alarming findings. My top tip to helping your child have a happy and safer experience online is focusing 80% of your energy on fostering a trusting and open relationship… Continue Reading

“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… Continue Reading

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

“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 offering… 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

“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

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

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