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Posts from the category: Children and Technology

#JustKeepDancing With the Video Star App

Create fun music videos with awesome effects with the Video Star app

In February 2015 fellow Australian play blogger, Katey of Play to Talk, received the shattering news that her beautiful 18 month old, Finlay, has High Risk Stage 4 Hepatoblastoma - liver cancer that has spread to his lungs. Since his diagnosis Finlay has been courageously fighting this terrible … [Read more...]

9 Digital Word Games for School Aged Kids

9 Digital Word Games for School Aged Kids

This post is part of Microsoft’s #WorkWonders program. In our family, screen time is a bit like sugar. You see, we are certainly not sugar free but I am conscious of how many sugary treats our children eat and I make every effort to make good dietary choices for their health. The same applies to … [Read more...]

Children & Technology: Would You Let Your Child Start a Blog?

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This post is by regular contributor Catherine Oehlman aka Squigglemum. “Mum, can I have my own blog now I’m six?” I stared blankly at my daughter while internally processing my response... “Not yet... maybe when you’re older... hang on yes... yes, of course... no, don’t be ridiculous... NO WAY... … [Read more...]

Kids & Advertising: How to help children process what they see

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This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. Our kids don’t watch much commercial television.  We keep away from it, not because of the programs, but because of the advertising.  While I’ve made peace with how televisions is used in our family, I have not made peace with the … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Use Video As A Literacy Tool

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I have no less than 20 two or three minute videos of Immy on my iPhone from this past week. She is fascinated by the idea of performing for the camera and seeing herself played back on the screen. "Did you take the video?" and "Can I see now?" have become common requests. Initially she was all … [Read more...]

Screen Time & Young Hearts: A Look at a Recent Sydney Study

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This post is by regular contributor Naomi Cook. We are not ‘T.V people.’ However, my three year old enjoys an educational DVD whilst I make dinner and she also enjoys educational apps on my iPhone. I have seen tremendous learning outcomes from both of these forms of screen time. I frequently find … [Read more...]

Kids & Computers: 7 Year Olds on Facebook? Really?

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This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. I am generally skeptical about articles like this one from the BBC News website 'Children's Screen Habits Revealed. I find that often the way statistics are quoted is somewhat sensational and alarmist; with journalists picking out … [Read more...]

Why I don’t want to share my lap top (with my children)

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This post is by regular contributor Sarah Bendeich of Oesch and Doots. I don't share my laptop with my (preschool aged) children. Actually that's not quite right. We occasionally use the internet for research if the children want to know more about something. Google Images and Wikipedia are the … [Read more...]