May 25, 2016
manage screen time

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 […]
May 4, 2016
Mum with daughter and safe tablet

Quick tips to make sure your tablet is safe for your kids

Gone are the days when a piece of paper and a rainbow set of crayons made kids giggle with glee. Your child may still get a kick from arts and crafts endeavours, but Smartphones and Tablets are oh-so-appealing when it comes to the activity du jour. But you worry about the bad stuff that’s out there; the mindless, time-wasting apps that are full of ads and in-app purchases; the YouTube videos with bad language and nasty images; the websites which are meant for adults, not kids. What can you do to make your device ‘kid-safe’ before you hand it over? […]
January 28, 2016

Will YouTube kill the TV star?

Who remembers ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ by The Buggles, way back in 1980? I heard this song recently and it got me thinking about how watching video on smart phones and tablets is becoming so pervasive. Will YouTube and streaming services kill TV? And how does this impact our kids? In a recent earnings report, Omid Kordestani, Chief Business Officer at Google, said that YouTube now has over 1 billion users. He spoke about how YouTube is reinventing the television experience for the digital age. On mobile alone, YouTube reaches more 18 to 49 year olds in the US […]