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Should we ban smart devices?

What are your thoughts?

I agree, young children and teenagers alike are using their start phones much more than they possibly need too.

There is always a lot of social media involved and gaming.

I know a few ‘tweens’ and teenagers, whom have become recluse, less social, lack conversational skills and basic respect for their surroundings including other people.

Adults, I know are also prone to become ‘addicted’, for lack of a better descriptive word. They have their heads in their smart phones, checking emails, social media, gaming and having conversations via messages rather than actually interacting with others.

This starts from a very young age and can be addictive from a very young age.

For me it goes beyond and should also be monitored at home, with parents and care takers, limiting access to these devices.

These devices interfere with sleep, they interfere with social behaviours and are now having repercussions on younger generations leaving them with less ability to communicate with each other.

I know parents who allow their 5 year olds to go to bed playing games or watching a movie on their iPads.

I know teenagers who ‘snap chat’ or check social media accounts all night. Maybe they fear ‘missing out’ on a status update?

Society is fast becoming obsessed with smart devices.

What future will our children have if they are too busy watching smart devices rather than having normal conversations?

Language and Grammer are suffering with children not having confidence in speaking clearing or being confident in their ability to communicate.

Are these devices doing more harm than good?

What are you thoughts?

Ban phones from school?


Smart Watches and Students.

Smart watches and school students .

It was recently bought to my attention the about of technology that school aged children have and or want.

My 2 are still quite young do have not got caught up in wanting iPads, iPhones or other digital stuff. Although my 4yo boy will sometimes ask for my iPad, it’s not an every day occurrence nor does he have his own. My little girl is only 18mo so is still to young to even realise what they are, thank goodness.

Anyway, I was in my local shopping centre and saw a group of boys probably about 12years old all with apple iwatch’s I was quite shocked. So young with such advanced technology- oh and expensive technology.

So it had me thinking many things-
1, wow that’s a lot of money on a young child.
2, do they need this type of ‘smart’ technology? 3, do they also have a ‘regular’ phone?
4, what is society coming to when such young children have such advanced technology?

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love an iPhone watch / Apple Watch, whatever they are called, but I already have a watch and an iPhone, so would it replace both? Or would I still need my iPhone? How smart is this Apple Watch?

It also had me think of the watches capabilities and how a young person would use it, and the first thing that came to my mind was fear.

They can access all types of things through search engines so is this technology taking away innocence?

Or is it creating other things, like enabling cheating in school exams?

I may be overreacting here or thinking ‘worst cade’ but as a mother with two little ones my mind does leave me pondering what may be the future for them.

I know that recently a very affluent Sydney boys school put a ban on lap tops for students as they found that the students were not always using third brain, instead quick to google answers and also their hand writing became quite poor.

It’s also been proven that children who do type notes, rather than hand write them, don’t take in as much knowledge as they don’t have to use their brain for things such as spelling and grammar as laptops and computers have spelling and grammar auto corrections.

So with this in mind, will they ban the smart watch also?

Can children cheat by googling and swears or sending a text message or email of the question to another person and have answers sent back?

Or even taking a photo and sending the questions to someone for answers. And there goes my mind into overdrive.

Are these technologies being used correctly, are they safe to use and how can they be monitored for our society?

What are your thoughts?

I would love to hear from you.


Swimming lessons.

Swimming lessons.

We live in a country where summers are filled with swimming and fun.

I personally believe that learning to swim especially from am early age is highly important.

Most Australians have a pool in their back yard, or have readily access to either a pool, river, damn or beach. This is great in our scorching summers as it’s a great way to cool down.

The Australian lifestyle means that water sports and activities form much of our relaxation and activities on weekends.

Children are naturally attracted to water and quite often have little or no fear of water however they also have no understanding or awareness of the dangers that water can bring.

A child can drown in less than two minutes. Be it in a bath, a bucket, a pool, a pond, or a deep puddle.

Infants are top heavy; their heads are heavier than the rest of their body so they can topple over easily into water hazards. Water levels only need to cover their nose and mouth and they can drown. Imagine face down in a puddle. It only needs to be deep enough to cover airways. Toddlers also are not always able to help themselves up if they fall face down.

There is insufficient evidence that suggests a child under the age of three years old can develop adequate swimming skills to prevent drowning.
A child can drown in 5 cm of water

With so much water around us, I personally believe we should all be safe. This includes learning to swim. It could save your life.

Drowning is the most common cause of accidental death in Australian children aged 5 and under. 70% are aged between 1 and 3 years old.

Although the number of children drowning in Australia is on a decrease, 35 children under the age of 5 drowned in a 12-month period during 2002 / 2003. Quite staggering if you ask me.

Another important factor for not only swimming but everyday life is CPR.

The first few minutes in an emergency are vital and can make a huge difference between life and death.

In many remote or rural areas, help may be miles away- it may be up to you.

• Learn CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and update your training regularly.
• Keep CPR instructions on the pool fence and in the first aid kit.
• Keep emergency numbers by the phone or two-way radio, or program them into the phone.

CPR posters and training are available from your local-

• Royal Life Saving Society
• St Johns Ambulance
• Surf Life Saving Association

So why can’t we all swim?
Swimming lessons are readily avail within Australia. I’m personally Austswim qualified, I’m also a qualified pool lifeguard and have my Oxy Viva certificate and senior first aid certificate. This is mainly because I am also a qualified personal trainer and fitness instructor.

You can contact your local swimming pool or ambulance service or if you live near a beach speak with a lifeguard. They will all have relevant information in where you can get qualified. Bring qualified can save life’s.

Parenting whilst distracted.

Parenting whilst distracted.

I’ve previously written an article on a similar subject but I feel very strongly about it and recently read a very informative article by an extremely reputable paediatric specialist. This was also on SBS recently so I felt I needed to share this information from someone who does know what they are talking about.

Their words are easy to understand and this makes absolute sense to me.

I’m not saying there is no place for technology, we live in a very technologically advanced world, however what I am saying, is that there is a time and place for it.

Our children are only young once. Enjoy the time.

Have a read and let me know your thoughts.

Parenting while distracted.
I’ve been a pediatrician for 20 years, and I thought I’d seen it all. But not long ago, when a father brought his 2-year-old into my clinic, something happened that has me deeply concerned.
Written By Jane Scott
Source The Washington Post
11 AUG 2014 –

I’ve been a pediatrician for 20 years, and I thought I’d seen it all. But not long ago, when a father brought his 2-year-old into my clinic, something happened that has me deeply concerned.

Upon entering my examining room, I found father and son sitting together, eyes downcast, each silently scrolling and tapping on smartphones. During my initial exam, the father directed most of my questions to his frowning toddler, who indicated that his ears hurt, and I quickly discovered that both eardrums were red and inflamed.

“Guess what?” I said to my small patient. “Your ears hurt because you have an ear infection. But we can give you medicine and make you better.” I smiled at the little boy and his father. Immediately, the child picked up his phone and pushed a button. “Siri,” he asked carefully. “What ear ‘fection?”

At age 2, a few minutes on a smartphone isn’t a big deal; screen time is a part of growing up today, and most parents try to set appropriate limits. But when a child so young turned to a machine for information instead of to his father, it made me wonder: Just how limited was his parents’ screen time? What I saw was modeled behavior — a child who has learned that when he has a question, Siri, and not Dad, is most readily available with an answer.

It’s hard to say for sure based on this one moment, but there can be no doubt about the larger trend: Parents today are probably the most informed and involved generation in history. And, yet, in the company of their children, they often act as though they’d rather be someplace else. That’s what they’re saying when they break eye contact to glance at their push notifications or check Facebook when they think their child’s distracted. The parents are present, their attention is not.

In my practice, I see evidence every day of how such inattention affects kids. It’s expressed in temper tantrums and separation anxiety, and older children who resist discipline. Most parents are taught that this is all normal, that children are biologically wired this way. Not exactly. Yes, all of this is normal attention-getting behavior, but it often is preventable.

Consider the results of a March study by researchers from Boston Medical Center who carefully observed caregivers and children at fast-food restaurants. Out of 55 caregivers, 40 used their mobile devices, and their absorption was such that their “primary engagement was with the device, rather than the child.” In many cases, the caregivers expressed irritation when the children tried to get their attention. One observer watched a woman push a small boy away as he took her face in his hands in an attempt to get her to look up from her tablet.

It’s possible all those adults were following an urgent work email thread. More likely, they were on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. A 2011 Nielsen poll found that people with children use social media more than those without. Maybe these adults were reading an article shared by another parent. Maybe they were making plans with friends and family. But they were definitely communicating to their children that they were less important than whatever was on those devices.

This might seem absurd to today’s parents, who feel like they give themselves to their children in ways previous generations never imagined. But the undivided attention that children need from us is in jeopardy. Most people just don’t realize how much time they’re spending online; what feels like a few minutes is often a half hour or more. When we are with our children, we need to be with our children — not with them except for the part of us that’s reading emails, tweeting and checking Facebook.

Another reason for parents to put down their phones: Though Facebook may provide community, it can also promote competition and unreachable standards of perfection. Through Facebook, we read an endless litany of our friends’ boasts about their children. It’s enough to make a person wonder what she’s doing wrong because her child prefers plain pasta over the curry special or “Old MacDonald” to Chopin. Though most parents would say they’re not competitive in this way, many worry privately that they might be short-changing their kids.

Social media has a place and a purpose, but too many parents are creating unnecessary stress by trying to be in two places at once, while modeling to their children that online relationships take precedence over real ones. In an era of constant distraction, we must decide what’s more important: heeding the constant ping of our devices or telling our children, in word and deed, “I am listening. I am here. And there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”