Author: Joanne

New online seminar series

Sooooo, something I’ve been patiently waiting to share with you has finally come to fruition. I’ve partnered with a new organisation to offer family coaching around technology use in the home. Along with my host Tshaka Armstrong, we’ll be walking you through a 12-month instructional program to help you parent in the digital age. There is a cost to this online coaching- which includes one conference call coaching session a month, a text messaging support component and a closed Facebook support group- but I will be giving out some free codes to join up. Let me know if you’re interested! Here’s the link to the site http://yathatgame.com/cool-calm-connected/ Of course, feel free to share this with any parents you know who may be...

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My comments: Children say parents’ mobile use harms family life

Would you say you use technology to much?  I’ve given a lot of media commentary today on a new study released of 2000 high school children and 3000 parents which showed parents to be excessive technology users. Kids ask parents to put phone down While we often hear parents concerned about kid’s over use of technology, the results of the survey that show children are equally concerned about their parents technology use. Over 1/3 of the children have asked their parents to stop checking their mobile device. Of those who asked this, nearly half said their parents took no notice, which...

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Toddlers not sleeping because of technology. It’s not that simple.

Here’s my commentary on a new study that shows that the more toddlers use a screen the less they sleep. Statistics show that for every hour of use young children sleep 15 minutes less. My response is that sleeping habits are more complex than whether they use a device or not. It’s about what they do on the device, when they use it, where and why. Have a read of my interview. See what you think, its fresh off the press. Tots wired, sleeping less after touchscreen use By: Loren Smith in Health+Development, Top Stories April 18, 2017 0...

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My interview for Mashable: Spiderman vs. Elsa videos have taken over YouTube and it’s so confusing

Spiderman and Elsa videos are the latest sensation on YouTube for kids. These videos are getting over 250millions views per episode. What is it about them that makes them so popular and are they good for kids to watch. Below is an interview that I did for Mashable of this latest craze for kids. The original interview can be viewed at Spiderman, Elsa YouTube Kids Videos. Spiderman vs. Elsa videos have taken over YouTube and it’s so confusing Somewhere along the internet’s path into content oblivion, Spiderman and Elsa videos on YouTube became a guaranteed and genuinely weird traffic winner....

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Talking to kids about online pornography

The huge amount of online pornography online means that children who use technology are likely to see sexually explicit images and content.  Children may seek out this content, or that they may accidentally come across it. The accidental viewing comes because advertising on websites can unknowingly lead children to explicit sites. This advertising is regularly seen on many children’s sites and apps, but not all. Pornography sends messages that can negatively affect both boys and girls. Regularly viewing pornography can affect the way they understand sex, their body, the role of each gender, and the ability of all children to...

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