15 July 2024

10 ways to create healthy digital habits at home

Raising kids in the digital age isn’t easy. It can be tough to keep up with the pace of emerging technologies and to understand how to balance the risks and opportunities that come with them. We spoke to digital parenting expert Dr. Jacqueline Nesi for her top tips on fostering a healthy relationship with technology as a family., Communicate early and often about the role of technology in your family’s life., 1. Ask your child questions about their devices the same way you would any other activity they’re engaged in. Find out what they like about them, what they don’t like about them, how often they use them and what’s working. 2. Discuss the risks of technology use. Talk to your children honestly about concerns you may have, such as devices getting in…, Set boundaries that make sense for your family., 4. Make “yes” and “no” rules. “Yes” rules are things your child should do. How do you want them to act online? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? What does “healthy” technology use look like in your family?  “No” rules, on the other hand, are things you don’t want them to do (like bullying others) or things they shouldn’t do for…, Be aware of your children’s use of devices., 7. Explore technology together. Try co-viewing and co-use with children of all ages. This simply means watching or using technology together with your children. This could include watching a show together and talking to them about it. For an older child, have them show you what they’re up to online – what they’re interested in, what apps they like…, Model healthy habits for your children., 9. Act as a team. It’s important as parents to be aware of how (and how often) we’re using our own devices – and that’s hard! But joining with your children in establishing healthy habits and boundaries is a good opportunity to step outside of the “me versus you” dynamic that so often parents fall into with their children, and instead work to…
25 June 2024

What you need to know about “sharenting”

Navigating parenthood in the digital age is no easy task. Social media, smartphones and other technologies are advancing at a rate that seems to grow faster than our children and it’s not always clear how to use them safely – even when you have the best of intentions. Many parents and caregivers share photos of their children and teens because…, What is sharenting?, Stacey Steinberg: I define sharenting as what parents do when they talk about their children outside the family circle: A post on social media with a picture, a blog post about their child, a video through a messaging platform like WhatsApp, etc. “When we share things about our children online without involving them in that decision making process…, What’s important for parents and caregivers to know when thinking about sharing content about their children online?, There are two big things to think about when it comes to sharing content about our children. The first is the actual tangible harm that kids can experience when parents share online. For example, there are adults who may want to interact with or harm someone’s children because of content they have seen online. In some countries, there are also…, How do children feel about sharenting?, No matter how old we are, we all like to have autonomy. We all value our individual images, whether we're four or five years old and we want to wear the pink dress and not the purple dress, or whether we’re 12 or 13 years old and we want to be seen holding grandma's hand, or we don't want to be seen holding grandma's hand. These might seem like…, How can parents protect their children’s privacy in a digital world?, What parents can do is avoid sharing overly personal information about their kids like embarrassing stories or embarrassing pictures, even if they may find them funny. It’s important to try to see your child’s perspective. Parents should also not share pictures of their children in any state of undress because unfortunately, there are bad actors…, How can parents go about asking others not to post pictures of their children?, Have honest conversations with your friends and extended family about your sharing preferences, but remember that sharing information about children on social media is a relatively new occurrence and not everyone has given the issue equal attention. Approach these talks with the assumption that more communication, not less, will help you have your…, How can parents and caregivers safely share photos and videos of their children?, Sharing can never be 100 per cent safe. It’s always going to be a matter of balancing the risks and what parents perceive as the benefits. For families who do plan to share about their children online, it’s important to consider the audience they are sharing with (what are your privacy settings on your social media profiles, how well do you know…, What can you do if you have already posted a lot about your children and are having second thoughts?, Take a deep breath! Most parents don’t overshare because they’re trying to be malicious. Often, when parents overshare, they don’t appreciate the importance of their child’s digital footprint. If a parent is rethinking how they share and how much they share, a good first step is to start looking at what was shared in the past and perhaps deleting…
04 June 2024

International Day of Play

The very first International Day of Play is just around the corner. Are you ready? Learn more out about this historic moment and how you can take part.  arrow, What is the International Day of Play?, The International Day of Play is a time to celebrate the power of play. It’s a time to raise awareness about how central play is to every child’s development and well-being. And it’s a time when we can come together to make sure that every child is able to fulfil their right to play.  Bir baba ve oğul bahçede oynuyor., Why is play so important?, Play isn’t just fun, it’s fundamental to children’s development. Play creates powerful learning opportunities – intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Through play, children make connections with others, build leadership skills, develop resilience, navigate challenges and conquer their fears., When is the International Day of Play?, The first ever International Day of Play will take place on 11 June 2024., What’s planned?, There will be a special event at the UN headquarters in New York to mark the first International Day of Play. National events and online activities will be happening around the world. bir anne ve oğul bahçede oturuyor., What can I do?, You can take part right from home – whether it’s trying out new play ideas with your children or helping raise awareness with your friends, families and networks about the power of play. And remember, there's no need to wait until 11 June – everyday is an opportunity for playful moments!
04 June 2024

21 learning activities for babies and toddlers

Curious about what to do with your baby all day? Play is an important part of your child’s learning and growth – it's how they explore their environment, practice developing skills and bond with their caregivers (that’s you!). As your baby grows, playtime will evolve based on what developmental skills they are working on. Ready to get started? We…, Activities for 2-month-olds, Tap along Place your baby on their back and sing them a song. As you sing, tap the bottoms of their feet in time with the song. How your baby benefits: This game is great for developing listening skills. Your little one will delight at hearing your voice and the tapping adds a new way to experience singing songs together. Chit chat Face your baby…, Activities for 4-month-olds, Story time Read and look at baby books together. Point to the objects, animals or plants on the pages and name them. How your baby benefits: Making time to read together promotes bonding, language skills and visual development. Texture talk Give your baby different fabrics to feel and use words to describe them such as “smooth” or “rough.” How…, Activities for 6-month-olds, Let’s get rolling! Place your baby on their back or tummy on a safe surface and place their favourite toy or another baby safe object just out of reach. Encourage them to roll over to reach for the toy. How your baby benefits: This game helps support your baby’s gross motor skill development by working on a big milestone like rolling over. Go…, Activities for 9-month-olds, Copy cat Observe what your baby does and copy their actions. This lets your little one take the lead! How your baby benefits: By showing interest and placing importance in what your baby does, you’re helping them to develop their social and emotional skills. Independent explorer Let your baby explore your home on their own but stay close by to…, Activities for 1-year-olds, Hide and search Hide toys or other baby-safe objects under a towel or blanket while you play together. Encourage your little one to find it and help them if they need it by pulling it out and saying “here it is!”. How your baby benefits: This kind of play teaches your baby all about object permanence: Even if you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s…, Activities for 18-month-olds, Walking buddy Encourage your toddler to walk with you in a safe space as soon as they are able. Go slowly to match their pace. How your child benefits: Your little one will feel more confident practicing their new skill with you by their side. It’s also a great way for you to enjoy getting exercise together! Make believe Encourage pretend play…, Activities for 2-year-olds, Household helper Invite your toddler to help with age-appropriate tasks around the house such as sorting clothes or serving food. Try to turn it into a game and let them know that they’re a great helper! How your child benefits: Including your child in household activities helps to foster independence and build self-esteem by letting them know…