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Supporting students’ transition to a BYOD high school.

Supporting students’ transition to a BYOD high school.

Back to school tech withdrawals: wrestling back control (and the controller)

Back to school tech withdrawals: wrestling back control (and the controller)

​How to stop freaking out about your kid’s obsession with Fortnite in one simple step.

​How to stop freaking out about your kid’s obsession with Fortnite in one simple step.

  Play it.Yes, really. Pick up the console (that’s the thing you drive the game with) and play. Oh you don’t have time? Bullshit.  This is your kid’s wellbeing you’re worried about (apparently), the thing that’s the topic de jour at school picks up or weekend sport. Go home, ask your kids to show you…

Here’s an alternative to banning smartphones in high schools

Here’s an alternative to banning smartphones in high schools

Over the last several years the commentary on kids and their smartphones has grown exponentially. And with it so has the moral panic. Every adult who’s ever created a Facebook account has opinions on what kids should be doing to overcome their alleged ‘addiction’ to devices that are, in most cases, gifted by parents and…

5 rebuttals to *that* smartphone article in The Atlantic

5 rebuttals to *that* smartphone article in The Atlantic

This guy used to freak me waaaay out. Confirmation bias sells better than sex when it comes to talking about young people and their smartphones. {EDIT: Feb 1, 2018 – so now there are 9} Oh, you’ve noticed humans using phones en masse? Well done, you officially have eyes.  But leaping to conclusions about what…

Screenager-bashing wont make them happy and sporty

Screenager-bashing wont make them happy and sporty

​Another day, another tired old screenager-bashing op-ed by some out-of-touch old white guy – this time one spruiking the state government’s $100 Active Kids rebate in a thinly veiled advertorial for bringing back 1950’s style sporting choices on Saturdays. Beyond failing to cite any research on the apparent link between obesity or suicidality and young people’s…

Why I’m not sharing my baby’s image on social media

Why I’m not sharing my baby’s image on social media

​Research suggests that kids born today will have nearly 100 photos shared online by the time they turn 5. There’s a bunch of emerging issues that arise out of ‘sharenting’ – the sharing of our parenting moments with our online community – many of which relate to emerging aspects of digital etiquette and cyberpsychology. My partner and…

6 traits to look for in a quality presenter 

6 traits to look for in a quality presenter 

The search for quality teacher professional development and school wellbeing programs:6 things to look for in presenters and organisations. As school principals and executive teams continue to plan for the needs of the staff and students according to their school management plans, it’s critical for them to know what to look for in the people they…

Introducing Virtual Vitamins

Introducing Virtual Vitamins

I’ve been talking about balanced use of technology in terms of Digital Nutrition for about three years now*. When I was invited to speak at the 2016 DigCit Summit at Twitter HQ in San Francisco, I really wanted to present something completely new and launch the next logical step in the Digital Nutrition concept –…

Resources: Engaging Adolescents @ Kings

Resources: Engaging Adolescents @ Kings

Here are a selection of the links and resources I presented yesterday at the Engaging Adolescents workshop for parents yesterday at Kings. // SLEEPBlue light and the ‘zeitgeiber effect. Work with (not against) your chronobiology – circadian rhythms. The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) is the key region in regulating circadian rhythms Our brain hasn’t developed the…