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How to manage exposure to the war

How to manage exposure to the war

Since the flair up of the conflict in the Gaza strip more war-related questions have infiltrated my school workshops. “Mam’...
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AI & the 4th industrial revolution

AI & the 4th industrial revolution

7 questions impacting our children with Ajit Gopalakrishnan When you read articles discussing the predicted evolution of technology over the...
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The Slow Tech Road

The Slow Tech Road

  Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila recently made waves in the media after welcoming their 15-year-old son to social...
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Gaming Disorder: 5 Things I wish I knew

Gaming Disorder: 5 Things I wish I knew

  This month we spoke to Gwen* whose 17-year-old son is currently undergoing treatment for Gaming Disorder. She wishes to...
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The dreaded WhatsApp group

The dreaded WhatsApp group

  “If I had R10 for every time a teenager got themselves into trouble on a WhatsApp group, I’d be...
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Mindfulness & The need to disconnect

Mindfulness & The need to disconnect

  “My children need constant stimulus. They cannot be still. They need instant gratification and continuous entertainment from the moment...
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Healthy Gamer

Healthy Gamer

5 Things I learnt from the SA Call of Duty Champion, Jesse Kahn When anyone mentions their son is an...
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So your teen wants a fox brow?

So your teen wants a fox brow?

Last month the documentary #FillerNation raised hair and eyebrows across the globe. For our February blog, we launched our own local...
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Ditch the digital dummy!

Ditch the digital dummy!

We have all been there. You are having dinner with the in-laws in a busy restaurant and suddenly all hell...
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Screen Smart Schools for the win

Screen Smart Schools for the win

“If we as teachers had to keep up-to-date with the rapid changes in technology we would never have time to...
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Should I be spying on my child?

Should I be spying on my child?

I recently received the following message on WhatsApp: Hi Estee, Thank you for the great talk on Thursday. I have one...
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Screen Time: The good & the bad

Screen Time: The good & the bad

Desperate parent: My daughter spends all her time on TikTok. Please help. Screen Smarts: What is she watching on TikTok?...
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What are Rabbit Holes on TikTok?

What are Rabbit Holes on TikTok?

“I think TikTok can read my mind. I’d be walking in town, smell food and crave a hotdog and then...
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#stopcyberbullyingday

#stopcyberbullyingday

“South African has the 2nd highest rate of cyberbullying in the world.”~According to the South African College of Applied Psychology....
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The best connection happens without WiFi

The best connection happens without WiFi

May has been a busy month at Screen Smarts. By the third week of May I had spoken to 740...
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Sextortion: The biggest cyber threat to our teens

Sextortion: The biggest cyber threat to our teens

A top South African school recently experienced the cruel nature of sextortion when a male scholar catfished on Instagram. The...
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6 Screen checks to do before school starts

6 Screen checks to do before school starts

With schools reopening and the new year bustling with possibilities, it’s time to spring clean, organise and get ready. The...
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5 Ways to keep your child safe from the predator they know

5 Ways to keep your child safe from the predator they know

In a recent Llama Mama workshop for parents, I was asked the question: How can I monitor my child’s WhatsApp...
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Fake News & How to spot it

Fake News & How to spot it

We live in a post-truth era. If the COVID 19 pandemic has proved anything it has proven how susceptible we...
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Pornography, Pompeii & Incognito mode

Pornography, Pompeii & Incognito mode

In 2020, the median age for first pornography exposure is 11 years old. However new research from the security technology...
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