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May 25, 2016
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How to manage the time your kids spend on their tablet

Kids today are tech-savvy. I’ve seen 3 year olds asking Siri to show them a picture of their favourite Disney princesses. They play games, they look at pictures. The new YouTube app even takes voice commands, so they can easily watch the latest Peppa Pig episodes. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, as long as it’s a healthy mix of screen time, exercise time, homework and family life. Getting the kids to turn the screen off is incredibly hard. There’s whinging and whining, there’s the “it’s not fair” complaint. How do you do it? Here are a few tips that […]
December 3, 2015
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Technology & kids bedrooms – why they should never co-exist

Technology in Australia Australians have a reputation around the world as early adopters of new technology. When I moved to Sydney from Canada around 1995, I was surprised to see how many people used mobile phones. At the time, in Canada the most common method of being contactable while on the move was still pagers. I rarely saw Canadians with mobile phones. Australian kids are carrying on the tradition.  A study, AU Kids Online, authored by Professor Lelia Green, Professor John Hartley and Professor Catharine Lumby from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), found that […]
November 23, 2015
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Screen time and its impact on healthy sleeping habits

Healthy sleep habits Growing up in the digital age exposes our kids to infinite opportunities to learn. One disadvantage is that screen time seems to be taking precedence and less time is being spent on the things that we as parents think are worthwhile; such as those essential daily activities like sleep, active play and family time. So what constitutes healthy sleep habits? A regular bedtime. According to the Sleep Health Foundation of Australia, “The body has an internal clock and hormones that control sleepiness and wakefulness. This clock works best if there is a regular sleep routine.”[i] Relaxing for an […]