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  • Parents are having much farther reaching effects than they know

    When you tell your child that they’ve reached their limit of screen time for the day or that they aren’t allowed to play a particular game because of its content, you aren’t going to see their grades improve immediately or better behavior tomorrow (in fact, you might see a lot of complaining today). But this study demonstrates that the effects of setting and enforcing limits has powerful benefits for children’s health, school, and social outcomes.

    Parents are having much farther reaching effects than they know
  • Look for the Helpers – helping young people process media trauma

    How do we help children to process evil incidents that are published in the international media?

    Look for the Helpers – helping young people process media trauma
  • Part 2 – ‘It’s Complicated’ – My disagreements with Danah Boyd

    In an ideal world our digital persona would not have any effect on the views of employers, friends or colleagues, but no matter how much we hypothesize that this should not be the case pressing the delete button will not alter human conduct.

    Part 2 – ‘It’s Complicated’ – My disagreements with Danah Boyd
  • How much time should kids spend with media?

    Despite all of the new technology, many parents still seem to have few rules about use of media by their children and adolescents. In a recent study, two-thirds of children and teenagers reported that their parents have “no rules” about time spent with media. (Wow!)

    How much time should kids spend with media?
  • #selfies – You are worth more than the sum total of your ‘likes’

    The numerical value of all their ‘likes’, ‘followers’ and ‘friends’, do not present an accurate picture of the quality of their social experiences, the total of their abilities or a reflection of their worth.

    #selfies – You are worth more than the sum total of your ‘likes’
  • It’s about teaching boys AND girls mutual respect

    There are currently hundreds of articles demanding that young men respect young women – and so they should (I have written, and will continue to write, these myself). Such posts are flooded with approving comments likes and shares. Indeed, because for too long, our daughters have been expected to serve simply as brainless eye candy for many men.

    However, something has become blindingly apparent, and this is the major point being missed

    It’s about teaching boys AND girls mutual respect
  • There are never ‘two sides’ to child abuse!

    We were sitting on my bed. I will never forget the uncontrollable sobbing. Anguish. Pain. Heartbreak. Relief. Relief that ‘the secret’ was exposed at last. Although my friend was in her early teens, she had carried this terrible knowledge around for too many years. A knowledge borne out of experience. Experience that one so young should not even be aware exists in this world. But unfortunately, there was not to be the ‘happy ending’ that my naive teen mind envisaged. I thought it Read more [...]

    There are never ‘two sides’ to child abuse!