All posts by Clare McHugh

Clare McHugh is Early Childhood Australia's (ECA) Strategic Communications Executive, working on projects that support ECA’s reputation as a trusted voice for young children, their families, educators and carers. Clare has been part of ECA's Learning Hub Team, managed ECA's Start Early. Respectful relationships for life project and ECA digital initiatives including the federally funded Digital Business Kit and Live Wires. Clare has been thinking and writing about children, family and social policy for a number of years, including for the Commonwealth Child Care Advisory Council and the Australian government.

Screen short cuts

What are parents asking and what is the answer when they query screen policies in early education and care services? Soon their questions might be a lot harder. It’s not unusual to hear parents ask about screen use at early childhood services and to hear educators and Directors promote their ‘no screen’ policies. It seems to reassure parents and give educators […]

Facts not fear-mongering

Early Childhood social media ran hot last week about mobile devices and whether they should be banned for children under 12 years of age. Articles were posted and counter posted citing arguments for and against. Some articles are big on generalisations and alarm but small on important details and logic. Claims that ‘technology restricts movement’ for […]

Tinkering and tailoring with Technology Speed Dating

People are once again tinkering ‘like the old ham radio enthusiasts’ according to an English expert. And lots of tinkering was evident at the Technology Speed Dating Hub during ECA’s September national conference. More than 300 people wandered through the Hub, at first looking, then lingering and many, loving the interaction with digital tools, apps and other educators. UK professor of radio […]

What’s in a Hub

At the Tech Speed Dating Hub later this week, host Dan Donahoo, and Digital Business Kit’s Clare McHugh, look forward to talking with all-comers about technology for early childhood. Some great sessions and presenters are planned but there’s also room to drop by. Lunchtimes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you’re at the ECA Conference will […]

It’s a date at the Tech Speed Dating Hub

Dan Donahoo, educator, technology reviewer and author, has been thinking and talking about technology and young children for some time.  And in less than a month he’ll be sharing and exchanging tech tips at the Early Childhood Australia conference in Melbourne. It’s no longer a matter of should technology be used in early childhood settings, Dan says, but […]

Is your tablet protected? Gnbghjh

Our Learning Hub recently received this email from a preschool. We’re not sure that the preschool knows they have sent the message yet. From the content we guess they have been in touch with us before or had ECA’s Learning Hub in their contact list, which is nice to know. The message shows certain skills too. Cap lock had been deployed […]

Six questions parents ask about children and digital media

Are screen-based media ‘bad’ for my child? Will too much screen time affect my child’s social skills? A new UK report by University of Edinburgh academic, Lydia Plowman, and colleague, Jonathan Hancock, responds to six questions parents and educators most want answered. Readable, informed and clear-eyed Six questions that parents ask about children’s use of digital media was […]

Babies and smart phones

In some circles smart phones are the new car keys. They are fascinating distractions handed to babies and toddlers while parents finish a sentence, wait on a queue, click children into car seats. Recent media coverage has brought attention to children under one year of age using smart phones and tablets. It highlights how quickly […]

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