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Parenting a Child Under 3 in the Digital Age digital parenting screen balance Feb 04, 2018

Parenting in the digital age is bringing new challenges to parents - and children alike.

One of the keys for moving forward as a Digital Parent is to understand the issues and then apply best practices to your family. But attention, don't be afraid to mix and match things up to find something...

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How to Report an Online Incident in Your Country helplines and hotlines reporting Feb 04, 2018

What do you do if you or your child experiences an online incident?

Parenting in the digital age is no different than ‘regular’ parenting and one of the first things that a parent must do is to note the contact information for emergency (online) services, just like you do in the...

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Kid Korner: Thoughts of Minecraft online video games and gaming Feb 04, 2018

AUTHOR: Joanne Cammish

To understand the digital world: go to the source.

If you want to better understand a game or app that's aimed at young people, it's probably worth taking the time to find out about it from the player at source.

I decided to interview my nephew to get his thoughts on...

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Parent Perspective: My Digital Parenting Transformation digital parenting Feb 04, 2018


AUTHOR: Joanne Cammish

I have developed a very recent interest in online safety and parenting. The interest in technology in general has stemmed from the beginning of my teaching career in 2000.

During my career, in and amongst other roles, I have always been drawn to Information Technology. I...

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Be a Digital Parent Role Model digital parenting Feb 04, 2018

The key to digital parenting is communication.

A  digital parent . . .

  • Talks with their children openly and regularly
  • Knows that there is a time and place for tech - and is able to explain that to their children
  • Searches online for anything that they don’t understand
  • Appreciates...
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A Checklist to Consider Before Giving Tech Gifts parental controls technology and tech devices Feb 04, 2018

Internet of Toys and Tech Gifts: mind-boggling devices for the Digital Parent.

 The Internet of Things is relatively new, but the results are everywhere: intelligent heaters that warm up your home before you arrive, refrigerators that order juice and eggs when you've run out; fitness...

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Mixing-up Offline and Online Activities screen balance Feb 04, 2018

When school is out, there is a tendency to take lots of digital breaks.

With long weekends or school vacation my boys are ecstatic, but I am a little bit less so.  What begins as good intentions - "we'll go to museums, we'll do arts and crafts, we'll play board games as one big, happy...

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Reasons Why It's Cool if Your Children Learn to Code coding digital citizens Feb 04, 2018

Okay so first let's address the big elephant in the room.  No, I do not know how to code.

No, I'm not a programmer, but I do know my way around Wordpress (nod to Alannah Moore, DIY website building guru). No, I don't think coding is CRUCIAL to become a good digital citizen, but I like the...

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Understand the Consequences of Sexting sexting sexuality Feb 03, 2018

I'm feeling nostalgic for the days when we crammed into a photo booth and took silly photos.

Or we pulled out a Polaroid to get wild.  Yep, those days are long gone.

Today teens are using their smartphones with integrated cameras in ways that would make parents cringe.  So get ready,...

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Parenting in the Digital Age: Are You in the Know? digital citizens digital parenting Feb 03, 2018

Digital natives, digital immigrants, digital parenting, digital, digital, digital.

Just what does all of this stuff mean anyway?

Digital natives are children who are born in the digital age, this age of technology.  They are children who spend a few minutes holding a tablet and smartphone...

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Recapture Quality Family Dinner Time screen balance Feb 03, 2018

Tech Tale: How does a family who loves technology manage tech-free dinners?

Nathalie is the mother of an 8 year old boy and a 13 year old girl. Her children love technology and since they do their homework and household chores with minimal yelling, Nathalie hasn't imposed any strict limits.

But...

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Sanity, Screen Limits and Sitting Less screen balance Feb 03, 2018

I think the question I am asked most by parents is “How can I set screen limits – that work?”

Sometimes the parents explain further in no uncertain terms: “How the hell do I get my kid away from that gaming console?” or “I want my iPad back and I’m sick...

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