Author: Joanne

The problem with using technology to reward or punish children’s behaviour

In my latest TV segment I talk about my new research that shows that using technology to reward or punish children can have detrimental long-term effects. 65% of parents now use technology to manage children’s behaviour. For younger children parents often use it as a reward and for teenagers parents often take away a mobile phone or internet privileges as a punishment for inappropriate behaviour. Problems occur when parents use this strategy all the time. Consistently using technology to reward behaviour leads a child to associate technology use with being good (because they are rewarded with technology when they...

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I’ve been doing lots of filming lately!

I’ve been doing a lot of filming in the last few weeks. This includes TV segments, featuring in 2 documentaries,  and my own in-house filming.  My focus is on new ways of thinking about technology. Here’s a quick snippet where I’m focusing on the much used strategy of taking away a child’s phone as a form of punishment.   This is something many parents do because they know it works as a way of managing their child’s behaviour. However, I’m seeing some important implications of this in my research which  I know lots of parents will be interested in....

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MC and speaker: privacy of young people growing up in the digital age

I had the privilege to be MC and speaker for an event supporting the privacy of young people growing up in the digital age. On the panel were the Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner, the ‎Australian eSafety Commissioner at Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, and 2 youth ambassadors. Great discussion! My summing up is that a screen can mediate what we think is Ok to do and say online. The anonymity of technology can influence people and industry to act differently online; at times, less ethically and less caring. A key idea we discussed was that...

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The benefits of kid’s video games

I was asked by The Conversation to reply to a 9 year old child who wanted to know why adults don’t want him to play with video games. Bo aged 9 years wrote into  and asked: I want to know why adults think video games are bad because the adults around my neighbourhood are ANNOYING me by saying “READ A BOOK! NO VIDEO GAMES”. Why can’t they say “it’s time to play video games now”?  Here’s my reply. Here’s a link to the published article  Parents and children can have different ideas when it comes to video games. Children like...

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Our aim should be to support kids to succeed, not to trip them up so that they feel that they can’t.

How do you think the recent announcement to Year 9 students to score highly on NAPLAN or face the consequences, will effect kids of this age. Here I am being interviewed for Channel 7 news on the issue. The threat is that they must pass these tests in order to be eligible to sit the HSC in 4 years time. Re-sitting the test in much more than inconvenience. There is huge pressure on kids to know how important these tests are and that they are not to fail them. If they do, being deemed a failure at just 14...

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