Category Archives: Digichild

Provocative articles catch attention and social media responses about technology in early childhood but they are not the whole story.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair: Digital award winners

The Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award  has a traditional twist this year. It is part of the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair and this year’s winning title will be well known to book lovers. Since 1963 illustrators, publishers, distributors, booksellers, authors and agents from all around the world have been gathering in the Italian city of Bologna for the […]

Intentionality and technology

Preparing for an ECA webinar this week on Being an Intentional Educator, got me thinking about intentionality and the use of technology in education and care settings. Educators have intentions or views about technology that go from being challenged and excited by technology and finding ways to embrace it, and at the other end of […]

What we talk about when we talk about cybersecurity: Part two

Talking about bullying online, cybersafety and the new Children’s e-Safety Commissioner almost always focuses on school-aged children. Let’s not overlook babies to preschoolers who are increasingly surrounded by connected and mobile devices. Part II of a series on cybersecurity in early education and care. It’s national action against bullying day today and the week in […]

What we talk about when we talk about cybersecurity: Part one

The risks we may be unaware of or not quite prepared for when we talk about children, safety and the digital world: Part I of a series on cybersecurity in early childhood education and care.  For parents, educators and early childhood services cybersecurity will always be a top concern. It conjures worst fears about paedophiles, exposure to explicit online material […]

What did you want to be?

The postal worker in the play corner may morph into another form as the world around us changes. This article looks at where creative play leads us. Virtual and otherwise, it’s all real. Few of us have exactly the work life that our childhood selves planned. Thank goodness. Despite a dog phobia my four-year-old self […]

No, the research doesn’t say that iPads damage brains

Recent news headlines have many parents of young children in a state of panic. Some popular news outlets claimed that there was “scientific evidence” that indicated that touchscreen devices were detrimental for young children’s development. The headlines stated that there was science to support the claim that, “iPads and Smartphones May Damage Toddler Brains”. The […]

Lighten up in 2015

Young boy & light projector

What are you doing with the light of your life? It’s 2015, the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Digichild looks at children’s enlightening play, places to go, things to do that celebrate light and light technologies.   Light is so vital to life on earth, yet in Australia where natural light is abundant, we […]

Five stay smart tips for Safer Internet Day     

Cybersmart is celebrating international Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 10 February, with loads of resources for children, families and educators. A highlight is the virtual classroom where more than 30,000 children in 150 schools across Australia will participate in topics such as ‘Being a good bystander’. The virtual classroom will build on research that shows peers […]

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