September 22, 2016
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Is Story Time on Tablets OK? (or should you stick to print)

“Mommy! Mommy! Tonight, for story time, can we read Winnie the Pooh?” You grin when you hear these words come out of your 4 year-old’s mouth. You walk to the bookshelf and pick out The Blustery Day, a favorite, and open it to the first page. Except tonight, things are different. “No! Not that one; this one!” The demand comes as they whip out the tablet. When that first happened to me, my heart dropped. “Is this ok?” and “Does this count as screen time?” are the first two thoughts that raced through my head. I gave in this once, […]
June 8, 2016
Kids eating popcorn while enjoying screen time

Which screen time is the most valuable?

Screen time doesn’t have just one meaning. Between tablets, smart phones, laptops, computers and gaming devices, screens are all around us. Not only are there devices galore available to us (and our kids), but there are a growing number of ways to use these screens – including games, apps, TV shows, movies, research and more! That said, not all screens are equal. When it comes to your child’s tech time, which screen time is the most valuable? Age is important Your child’s age is a prime piece of the screen time puzzle. Why? The guidelines for recommended viewing time differ […]
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 […]
January 1, 2016
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Screen time makes kids smarter

Australian parents have nominated excessive screen time as their biggest health concern for children, according to a nation-wide poll by The Royal Children’s Hospital. However, I believe this concern may be slightly misguided and that quality screen time can actually make kids smarter. Of the 2,000 parents that were polled, 56% ranked excessive screen time as their biggest health concern. Dr Anthea Rhodes, Director of the Australian Child Health Poll, explained the reason for this is the lack of support programmes available for parents on how to manage it. Australian Government Guidelines recommend a daily limit of two hours screen […]