Do as iSay, not as iDo

Do as iSay, not as iDo ADELAIDE, SA, February 13, 2013 – Parents admit they can sometimes be poor role models for their children when it comes to technology and are now determined to kick bad habits. Parent Wellbeing director Jodie Benveniste said many parents now realise they need to place regulations on their own technology use, as well as their children’s. “Our kids aren’t always listening to us but they are watching us,’’ the psychologist and parenting author said. “Screens are a significant player in modern-day life and they are increasingly becoming a key battleground between parents and kids. When we are good technology role models for our kids, we are better placed to guide and teach our kids responsible technology use.’’ Parents, like Emma Peterson, have understood the importance of being a good role for their kids. “I finally had my mobile phone upgraded to a smartphone recently and I fell into the habit of quickly checking emails or Facebook whenever I had a chance,” Mrs Peterson said. “After a few weeks I realised I was grabbing my phone all the time to keep up to date with what was happening in cyber land, meanwhile missing out on what was actually happening right in front of me with my two girls. They might have been playing beautifully together, having cuddles or asking me a question which I briefly answered as I was in the middle of reading something on my phone.” Mrs Peterson said she had to set rules for herself. “I realised I had to manage my phone usage around my children and my husband. So...

Two clicks away from innocence

Two clicks away from innocence The effects of social media on young minds MELBOURNE, VIC June 27, 2011 – MELBOURNE child behaviour consultant and successful blogger Nathalie Brown has witnessed first-hand the devastation “safe’’ social media sites have caused young minds. Through her business Easy Peasy Kids, she’s seen behavioural issues in teenagers aggravated by comments posted on social media sites like Facebook. She knows of innocent children being exposed to obscene language and provocative photos. And it’s easily accessed. It took her one click on a 14-year-old girl’s Facebook profile and onto some of her “900 friends’’ to amass a string of inappropriate and offensive language. Nathalie said teenagers were not adults. “Young minds are at a crucial developmental stage, which will shape their future adult personalities.’’ She said the real issue was innocent children who were “just two clicks away’’ from reading comments like the following. Boy 16: “I never raped anyone, get your story right b—-. You were that drunk s—, having sex with everything that moved…” And, Boy 15: “(Girl’s name) best root. Knows how to make your night, takes it up the a–. Also knows how to use her hands. 10/10.” These were found not by searching for the words, but by simply clicking on a teenager’s profile. Nathalie stresses she is not anti-Facebook, being an avid user personally and for her business. She also understands it is not Facebook which has made some teenagers morally devoid. However, with social media used in classrooms via mobile phones, pages setup bragging about who has had sex with who and extremely provocative and offensive profile photos,...