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How To Resolve Family Disagreements Around Digital Devices

How To Resolve Family Disagreements Around Digital Devices

My guest today is Fred Bretthauer. Fred is a senior Family Dispute Mediator with Catholic Care and a committee member of the Family Law Pathways Network in Sydney. He has been resolving family separation disputes for over 10 years, he also runs education seminars for parents who are experiencing ongoing conflict. Family disputes involving the digital world have also been starting to impact the work that he does.

Every talk I do with parents I inevitably get a question about a family dispute around the digital devices in the home. It might be that the parents have differing ideas around what should be allowed and what should not. Or maybe the parents feel that their children are not complying with rules around devices, or that the parents don’t know how to set boundaries around devices. It could be that each child requires different boundaries due to age or personality and they don’t know how to set those and make them fair?

Some of you may also know that Fred and I have been married for 28 years, so when parents started asking me these tricky questions I knew who to ask for the answers. As a result Fred and I are now being booked together for many parent presentations to cover a broader aspect of digital parenting. Fred presents his 30 min talk titled “Ditch The Drama Around Kids Digital Devices” to more and more schools and parent groups every year. 

Is this you? How easy or hard has it been for your family, separated or together, to be on the same page with digital device use? Lets find some answers so that the phones or games in our families stop being the “Enemy Within!”

During this podcast Fred and I talk about how families can have less drama around digital device use, about parents as mentors and negotiating use of technology with better safer outcomes.

Find out more about Fred’s work here: https://thecybersafetylady.com.au/ditch-the-drama-around-kids-digital-devices/

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“Cybertrauma”, Children & Teens Online

“Cybertrauma”, Children & Teens Online

My guest on the Digital Families Podcast today is Catherine Knibbs   Catherine is a Clinical Doctorial Researcher, Consultant, Public Speaker, Author and Child & Adult Trauma Psychotherapist. She writes about and works with “Cybertrauma” which is any trauma that occurs through an internet ready device. Catherine is undoubtably one of the most experienced and… Continue Reading

Managing Your Childs Screen-Time with Dr Devorah Heitner PhD

Managing Your Childs Screen-Time with Dr Devorah Heitner PhD

My guest today on Digital Families is Dr Devorah Heitner PhD who is is the author of  the book “Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World” . Dr Heitner has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University, and is also the founder of ‘Raising Digital Natives” Devorah Heitner is someone… Continue Reading

Kids Messaging App Safety Tips

Kids Messaging App Safety Tips

The biggest danger with messaging apps for younger children is unsupervised conversations, bullying, video privacy safety, sharing adult content, sexting and risk of contact by strangers. With children using devices more and more to connect during this pandemic, it is essential that parents understand how to encourage their children to use messaging apps with safety.… Continue Reading

Digital Families Podcast With Martine Oglethorpe

Digital Families Podcast With Martine Oglethorpe

My guest today is Martine Oglethorpe from The Modern Parent. Martine is a mother to five boys with a background in secondary education and a Masters in Counselling. Through her personal and professional work with families raising children, she recognises the important role technology plays in the lives of young people today and thus the… Continue Reading

Digital Families Podcast with Collett Smart

Digital Families Podcast with Collett Smart

The Cyber Safety Lady has a Weekly Podcast called “Digital Families” This first interview features Collett Smart who is a family Psychologist, a teacher/lecturer and Author of They’ll Be Okay’ 15 Conversations to Help Your Child Through troubled Times (Hachette) https://collettsmart.com Collett and Leonie discuss the issues around home schooling and technology in the age… Continue Reading

Keeping Kids Safe Online Webinar

Keeping Kids Safe Online Webinar

Parents Only “Keeping Kids Safe Online” Webinar Hosted by Leonie Smith “The Cyber Safety Lady” Keeping Kids Safe Online is a cyber safety webinar exclusively for parents to help them understand their children’s online world and be more aware of the ups and downs of the online world. This webinar is a sample of Leonie’s… Continue Reading

Protect Your Children These Holidays. 

Protect Your Children These Holidays. 

Parents ultimate HOW-TO guide for online privacy and safety settings. Find out where the safety and parental controls are on all the apps and online platforms your family uses. This easy STEP-BY-STEP guide features privacy settings and safety settings for both mobile and P.C. Easy instructions to set up filters to protect your child from adult… Continue Reading

To Ban Or NOT to Ban Dangerous Apps For Kids?

To Ban Or NOT to Ban Dangerous Apps For Kids?

  Recently there was a story on another parenting site, questioning whether parents should ban smart phones or certain apps for their children, the expert quoted in the story suggested that banning an app won’t work. While I respect the authors expert opinion, it’s not the first time I’ve heard this type of advice for… Continue Reading