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Dr Joanne provides online and in-person courses that help to ensure that children’s technology use is quality, balanced and gives them the edge they need to flourish in the digital age.

Many call for a digital detox with the aim of getting everyone off their device. However this is only a symptomatic, short-term response.  We might be able to manage it for one day but very few would consider giving up their online conversations altogether. The fact is we need to consider our vulnerabilities and our strengths and redesign how we relate to each other long term.

Sydney Morning Herald

This new legality is powerful food for thought for parenting in the Facebook era. As adults, we often express dissatisfaction at the ways young people post their lives online. But if we turn the mirror on ourselves, do we as parents actually have the right to make our family photos public? If so, which ones?

ChannelNews Asia


Dr Joanne Orlando leads new ideas and understandings about children’s uses of technology.

She draws on a wealth of specialised, cutting edge knowledge, to provide practical solutions that ensure technology is an empowering part of children’s lives.

A hallmark of Joanne’s work is presenting complex ideas in a fresh, simple ways. She is in demand as a speaker nationally and internationally. Joanne regularly presents on TV including on The Today Show, The Project, Daily Edition, ABC 24, the news across all channels, and a large number of radio stations. Joanne is the technology parenting expert at Kidspot, Australia’s number one parenting website. She has published a long list of opinion pieces recognised for their thought-provoking and timely ideas. Joanne also hosts a monthly digital-parenting seminar series based in USA.

As a researcher, Dr Joanne has an invaluable, ground-up understanding of how children use technology and the factors that influence their use. She works closely as an expert with government, key industry (Apple), education sector, and with families to develop practices that will help children to flourish in our digital society.

Joanne is a busy mum of three. She knows what children and adults want to know about, and provides them with real ideas, understanding and effective solutions.


Joanne is a trusted expert media commentator on educational, ethical and social issues that arise from our technology use. She regularly presents across all media including TV, radio, print and online presentations, in Australia, Asia, USA, and UK.

Topics include how technology use influences childhood, family life, learning, and children’s social lives and identity. Joanne introduces new ideas into the media that are thought provoking and timely, and she provides practical solutions that make sense.


Joanne is a warm and engaging speaker who thinks outside the box. She draws on her wide-ranging work to present facts, stories and experiences that inform, surprise and entertain.

Audiences find real meaning in Joanne’s passion and insight in the field, and her explanations of why children and adults use technology in the ways they do.

Joanne is also an engaging and inspirational MC who knows how to draw the best out of panel conversations.

Click below to view the wide range of keynote topics Dr Orlando covers:

Research & Advisory

Joanne researches children’s uses of technology at home, in social spaces, and in educational contexts.

A distinct focus of Joanne’s research is that her research involves talking with children, parents and educators  to first hand, holistic understanding of children’s uses of technology. Dr Joanne is located at the Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University, Australia.

Dr Joanne’s has several current research projects including:

  • very young children’s uses of  technology in the home and the implications for learning
  • how children in poverty use technology to support health and education
  • how educators use technology to support and enhance children’s learning
  • features of apps that enhance learning

Dr Jo has recently worked with:

Latest Articles

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The Conversation

The way your children watch YouTube is not that surprising – but it is a concern. Here are some tips

ABC, The Conversation
Why parents shouldn’t use technology as a bargaining chip with their children

The Conversation
When It Comes To Kids And Social Media Its not all Bad News

Parents challenged to limit their screen time when they’re with their kids

Daily Telegraph
Results Fake news changing memories and harming kids

The Conversation
When it comes to kids and social media, it’s not all bad news

ABC News
How to help kids navigate fake news and misinformation online

The Conversation
Curious Kids: Why do adults think video games are bad?

Washington Post
Technology is ruining our memory. Here’s why that doesn’t matter

How to deal with parents who flaunt their ‘perfect’ lives on social media

Daily Mail
Are you harming your child by posting photos of them on Facebook?

The Conversation
Banning kids from using technology is counter-productive

Kids and Google: How to ensure they’re using it safely

Sydney Morning Herald
Tantrums and technology: screen time concerns for parents

Why are our kids so good at tech?

The Conversation
No limits: can the new guidelines on kids and screens work?

New Smart Barbie now talks back but is that safe?

Crinkling News
Lego blocks social media dangers

The Australian
Kids’ screen time limits are dated: expert

Sydney Morning Herald
Children’s screentime doesn’t have to be screamtime

Why you should think twice about posting photos of your kids online

  It’s commonplace for proud parents to share happy snaps of their children on social media, but some countries are putting in safeguards to ensure it doesn’t cause any future harm for the kids. France and Germany have introduced privacy laws that will hold parents...

Banning mobile phones in classrooms takes education back in time

There has been a call to ban mobile phones in schools as a way of combatting cyberbullying. In my TV interview on the ABC I explained how this wont solve the issue and why. Here is a media article published by the ABC on my commentary on the issue. Read the original...

My Thoughts: Why tech CEO’s limits their kid’s technology use

My TV segment on The Project this week focused on the kids & tech mixed messages we get from the tech giants such as Bill Gates, Tim Cook, etc. It seems they are insistent that children in their family should not use technology or social media much at all! Many ask,...


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