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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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“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

“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

Digital Families Gaming Together!

Digital Families Gaming Together!

This weeks guest on Digital Families is Alex Kidman an Australian freelance technology journalist and co-host of Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News, a weekly technology podcast with Adam Turner.  Alex also writes about video games for various publications, and today I’m going to be asking his advice on behalf of parents about family video… Continue Reading

Kids Messaging App Safety Tips – Discord Review

Kids Messaging App Safety Tips – Discord Review

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 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