Blogs: Keeping on Top of Technology

Young Kiwis working hard for a safer internet

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13 year old Molly Redican recently presented at Facebook Headquarters in Melbourne, and wrote about her experience exclusively for Kiwi Families. Continue reading »

Tips for starting a digital discussion

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We get it – parenting is hard at the best of times. School is back and you’re busy packing lunches and managing an ever-changing schedule of sports training, musical rehearsals and birthday parties; while making sure everyone is where they need to be. Continue reading »

Getting rid of the iPad Mummy Guilt

Getting rid of the iPad Mummy Guilt

I look at my 3 year old lying on the couch with his iPad and have mixed thoughts. First the Mummy Guilt, that he shouldn’t spend so much time on the iPad and I should be doing something with him instead. Then the opposite thought that he needs to learn to use technology as it’s going to be a HUGE part of his life and learning. You know that never-ending internal chatter that sometimes you wish would just shut up! Continue reading »

Scrapbook – A new way to organise photos of your child on Facebook

Scrapbook

I think most parents worry a bit about having their children’s photos online, especially in something like Facebook. I know I’m pretty careful with my setting in this regard. Facebook as just announced a new function called Scrapbook. It’s an optional way to organise photos of children, using a special tag parents create. After choosing this tag, the photo will be added to a customisable scrapbook. And, photos you choose to tag can be shared with your friends and your partner’s friends. Continue reading »

World Autism Awareness Month – apps to help

World Autism Month apps

April is World Autism Awareness Month. In New Zealand, autism affects one person in 100; that’s around 40,000 New Zealanders. You might not be aware that there are a number of apps available to help people with Autism communicate. We’ve had a bit of a look at the apps that are available and here are some that are great.

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Keeping kids safe online

Keeping kids safe online

While young people these days may be experiencing F.O.B.O. (fear of being offline) and F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out), many parents experience only F – fear. How do you stay up with everything your kids are doing online? Given many young people have somewhere on average between 20-30 apps their phone, when do you have time to learn about each app? Continue reading »

Managing your digital footprint

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Technology is part of our lives and it is not going away. How much you want to let it into your life and for what purpose are questions every one of us is faced with on a daily basis. Technology is a tool I use to make my life, my business and my family’s life easier. I think of the computer and the toaster on the same level; they are tools. I use them when I need them, then I carry on smelling the flowers and enjoying the world around me. Continue reading »

Tips for setting up your teen’s Facebook account

Tips for setting up your teen's Facebook account

Facebook is a huge part of many young people’s lives and it can be mystifying and quite frightening for some parents. If you’re not on Facebook, you might not be sure how to approach the topic of setting up a safe, secure Facebook account with your teenage kids. Or you may be pretty Facebook-savvy, but aren’t sure how to teen-proof an account. Continue reading »

Sexts, Texts & Selfies – keeping your kids safe online

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I don’t know about you, but the thought of my children being active online terrifies me. They’re still young, but I’m well aware of the dangers that children can face online. Susan McLean has just published a really useful book called Sexts, Texts and Selfies: How to Keep Your Children Safe in the Digital Space, which deals with the tough issues around keeping your children safe online. We asked her a few questions about the book and she’s given some excellent advice for all parents. Continue reading »

Apps for Christmas

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With Christmas fast approaching, we thought it would be a good time to have a look at some apps for Christmas. We’ve got some for the kids and some for the grown ups here… check them out! Continue reading »

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