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The digital landscape is changing the way we love, live, parent and teach. Each week I’ll be talking with experts and thought leaders, sharing insights and advice to help you live calmer and happier with the young teens in your life.Get Ready for some Zen.

Latest Episodes

EP #13 Taming Teen Tech Habits with Dr Kristy Goodwin

Dr Kristy Goodwin is one of Australia’s leading digital wellness and digital parenting educators and the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World. Kristy is regularly called upon by the media to translate the latest research about kids, teens and screens into practical and relevant information for worried parents and professionals. She provides parents and professionals with facts, not fears, about how screens are impacting on children’s health, learning, wellbeing and development and also on adult health and productivity. Kristy’s on a mission to empower people to tame their technology habits and not be a slave to the screen! Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: The part of the brain related to personality and expression and when it's at its most active in teens Digital footprints and what you need to know about digital archives Parent dilemma: gaming, plan or ban? How best to manage the boundaries. The growing shift in the power dynamic and why digital rewa...

35 MIN2018 AUG 30
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EP #13 Taming Teen Tech Habits with Dr Kristy Goodwin

EP #12 Parenting Girls Safely Through Their Teens with Kim McCabe

Kim McCabe is the founder and director of Ritesfor Girls which, since 2011, has offered Girls Journeying Together groups, support for mothers and training for women wanting to support girls. Described by Steve Biddulph as 'the creator of an extraordinary social advance', Kim's robust remarkable work gives girls the support they need to see them through their teens. After studying psychology at Cambridge University, Kim worked as a counsellor to teenagers. She has also trained and worked as an assertiveness trainer, a business management consultant and a shamanic dance teacher. Kim contributed to Ten Things Girls Need Most by best selling author Steve Biddulph before writing her own bookFrom Daughter to Woman, parenting girls safely through their teens. For more information please visit Rites for Girls. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: The 4 stages a mother can support her daughter through to help her know herself and hold onto her dreams for her future Creating a c...

38 MIN2018 AUG 18
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EP #12 Parenting Girls Safely Through Their Teens with Kim McCabe

EP #11 Tools to Empower Teens and Build Self Awareness with Christine Wheeler

Christine Wheeler is an expert EFT practitioner and has worked with thousands of people to help them alleviate physical, emotional and spiritual challenges and live with hope and joy. She has also taught parents, school and counselors to put this unique self-help tool into the hands of the people who are caregivers for youth. A Hay House author, Christine's book The Tapping Solution for Teenage Girls is the essential tool for teen girls to help them Stop Freaking Out and Keep Being Awesome. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: What EFT tapping is and why it can help alleviate teen stress and anxiety Why teens don’t know how to manage their stress and what they do instead How we can help our youth better manage their increasing stress levels and build their own toolbox What a stress backpack is and why we need to empty it regularly An alternative option to screen time for hyperconnected teens How to let go of deep-rooted fears You can learn more about Christine and get...

42 MIN2018 JUL 30
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EP #11 Tools to Empower Teens and Build Self Awareness with Christine Wheeler

EP #10 Losing Control and Building Self Esteem with Zack Bryers

Zack Bryers has been a homeless teenager, a soldier in Afghanistan, a gridiron player for Australia, a Churchill Fellow, and now a youth worker. After leaving home at 15, Zack spent time on the streets, before he set a goal to join the army which turned his life around. He spent tours of duty in Afghanistan before post-traumatic stress disorder saw him medically discharged. Within 18 months Zack was playing for the Australian gridiron team in the World Cup in the United States. He then trained as a youth worker. With compassion and consistency and drawing on his own experiences, Zack supports and inspires some of our community’s most disadvantaged and disengaged young people. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: key milestones in Zack's life that led him to receiving the prestigious 2018 ACT Young Australian of the year award the warning signs of a disengaged youth and what to do about it external validation, what it means and why teens crave it ways to improve low se...

30 MIN2018 JUL 21
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EP #10 Losing Control and Building Self Esteem with Zack Bryers

EP #9 Risky online behaviours and bridging the knowledge gap with Jordan Foster

Jordan Foster is formally recognised as one of Australia’s foremost cyber safety experts, providing online safety education to over one hundred thousand students, families and school staff Australia wide. Jordan is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar and the founder of ySafe, a now nationally-adopted household name in the field of cyber safety. Jordan has extensive clinical expertise in working with children and adolescents managing problematic technology use, including cyber bullying, image-based abuse, and Internet Gaming Addiction. Jordan has presented as a guest lecturer at prestigious Australian universities, provides comment in national media stories as a subject matter expert, consults with medical and mental health consortium conferences, and presents as a key note speaker at national education and cyber events. I know you're going to get so much out of my conversation with Jordan, I certainly did. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: values and venting and how ...

39 MIN2018 JUL 8
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EP #9 Risky online behaviours and bridging the knowledge gap with Jordan Foster

Ep #8 Sexts, Texts and Selfies with Cybercop Susan McLean

Susan McLean is Australia's foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people. Widely regarded as Australia’s first cyber cop, she was a member of Victorian police for 27 years and took her first reported case of cyber bullying, amongst Year 8 girls, in 1994! Her best selling book Sexts, Texts and Selfies has just launched a second edition and in this interview she shares all the latest insights. I found this conversation with a Austlalia’s cyber cop so helpful and I think you will too. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: how to deal with cyberbullying sexting, its reality and the new laws surrounding this sextortion and image based abuse – the risks and the reality how to manage your child's digital reputation how to establish and maintain good online habits the good apps and the ones you need to avoid Further Resources: To learn more about Susan, her book and her work visit Cyber Safety Solutions. Cyber Safety Solutions on Facebook.

31 MIN2018 JUN 29
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Ep #8 Sexts, Texts and Selfies with Cybercop Susan McLean

Ep #7 Digital Standards and Parenting Happy Tweens & Teens in the Home with Maggie Dent

Commonly known as the ‘Queen of Common Sense’, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia's favourite parenting authors andeducators, with a particular interest in adolescence and resilience. Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling and working in youth suicide prevention. The author of 10 books, she is a dedicated advocate to quietly changing lives in our families and communities. Maggie is the mother of four sons and a very grateful grandmother. Note: Whilst this episode is audible there were some technical issues on this interview, hence the quality is compromised. It's a great conversation with Maggie and worth listening to, so thank you for your patience. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: The major challenges parents and teachers are facing with young people and their digital lifestyles and what we can do to help Sensationalised and negative news cycles and how best to manage a 24/7 biased news feed. Great actionable tips from Maggie's many books, in ...

39 MIN2018 JUN 24
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Ep #7 Digital Standards and Parenting Happy Tweens & Teens in the Home with Maggie Dent

Ep #6 Cybersafety and The Solution to Stop Online Bullying with Rachel Downie

Rachel Downie is an educator and social entrepreneur who has worked in public and private school settings for over 20 years. She now workshops with students, teachers and parents in school communities in Australia, to tackle issues of bullying and harm, eSafety, cyber wellness and personal safety. She educates through two organisations she has founded:Stymie, an anonymous online reporting system for use in schools nationally andBravely, which focuses on raising confident girls. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: What Stymie is and how it can help your teen at school. Why teens are device literate but not digital literate and the challenges that creates for them and you. Free Resources to help you have more empowering conversations with your teen about how they are consuming digital media. What happens to a teen's Emotional Intelligence when they are online. How to create your own Digital Values to guide and support your family. Why we need a Culture of Care in school...

32 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Ep #6 Cybersafety and The Solution to Stop Online Bullying with Rachel Downie

Ep #2 The Secret to Happy Families with Dr. Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson is a dad (of six!), a bestselling parenting author and founder of Happy Families. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Justin consults to the Federal Government's Office of the Children's e-Safety Commissioner and acts in an advisory capacity to well-known organisations including Beyond Blue, the Raising Children Network, Life Education, Intel Security, and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Here's just some of what we cover: How much screen time is too much and what to do about it. The number one concern for parents, carers, educators and youth workers regarding the young people in their lives. Why a one size fits all solution for teen tech wellbeing doesn't work. How to positive parent and why fear and guilt fails to support our children. Why incorporating PLAY is vital and how you can do that with your tweens and teens. The simple love languages you can practice to im...

32 MIN2018 MAY 31
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Ep #2 The Secret to Happy Families with Dr. Justin Coulson

Ep #4 The Balancing Act of Screen Time and Real Life with Anya Kamenetz

Anyais an education correspondentfor National Public Radio (NPR). Shewrote about technology, innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship for five years withFast Companymagazine. Shewas named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by theHuffingtonPostand won2009, 2010, and 2015 National Awards from the Education Writers Association. Here's just some of what we cover: The real state of play with tech in our family lives Why saying it's all social media's fault is not the answer Using tech to enable and empower our young people Behavioural red flags to watch out for before we consider using the word 'addicted.' The TWO things to consider when assessing digital consumption. Why you have more influence over your teens/tweens online habits than you think. What is an Internet Gaming Disorder? The Kill Switch and other great apps to get kids off the screen. Anya's one piece of advice that you can take to introduce some Digital Zen in your life. Right now. You can learn more about Anya ...

29 MIN2018 MAY 31
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Ep #4 The Balancing Act of Screen Time and Real Life with Anya Kamenetz

Latest Episodes

EP #13 Taming Teen Tech Habits with Dr Kristy Goodwin

Dr Kristy Goodwin is one of Australia’s leading digital wellness and digital parenting educators and the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World. Kristy is regularly called upon by the media to translate the latest research about kids, teens and screens into practical and relevant information for worried parents and professionals. She provides parents and professionals with facts, not fears, about how screens are impacting on children’s health, learning, wellbeing and development and also on adult health and productivity. Kristy’s on a mission to empower people to tame their technology habits and not be a slave to the screen! Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: The part of the brain related to personality and expression and when it's at its most active in teens Digital footprints and what you need to know about digital archives Parent dilemma: gaming, plan or ban? How best to manage the boundaries. The growing shift in the power dynamic and why digital rewa...

35 MIN2018 AUG 30
Comments
EP #13 Taming Teen Tech Habits with Dr Kristy Goodwin

EP #12 Parenting Girls Safely Through Their Teens with Kim McCabe

Kim McCabe is the founder and director of Ritesfor Girls which, since 2011, has offered Girls Journeying Together groups, support for mothers and training for women wanting to support girls. Described by Steve Biddulph as 'the creator of an extraordinary social advance', Kim's robust remarkable work gives girls the support they need to see them through their teens. After studying psychology at Cambridge University, Kim worked as a counsellor to teenagers. She has also trained and worked as an assertiveness trainer, a business management consultant and a shamanic dance teacher. Kim contributed to Ten Things Girls Need Most by best selling author Steve Biddulph before writing her own bookFrom Daughter to Woman, parenting girls safely through their teens. For more information please visit Rites for Girls. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: The 4 stages a mother can support her daughter through to help her know herself and hold onto her dreams for her future Creating a c...

38 MIN2018 AUG 18
Comments
EP #12 Parenting Girls Safely Through Their Teens with Kim McCabe

EP #11 Tools to Empower Teens and Build Self Awareness with Christine Wheeler

Christine Wheeler is an expert EFT practitioner and has worked with thousands of people to help them alleviate physical, emotional and spiritual challenges and live with hope and joy. She has also taught parents, school and counselors to put this unique self-help tool into the hands of the people who are caregivers for youth. A Hay House author, Christine's book The Tapping Solution for Teenage Girls is the essential tool for teen girls to help them Stop Freaking Out and Keep Being Awesome. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: What EFT tapping is and why it can help alleviate teen stress and anxiety Why teens don’t know how to manage their stress and what they do instead How we can help our youth better manage their increasing stress levels and build their own toolbox What a stress backpack is and why we need to empty it regularly An alternative option to screen time for hyperconnected teens How to let go of deep-rooted fears You can learn more about Christine and get...

42 MIN2018 JUL 30
Comments
EP #11 Tools to Empower Teens and Build Self Awareness with Christine Wheeler

EP #10 Losing Control and Building Self Esteem with Zack Bryers

Zack Bryers has been a homeless teenager, a soldier in Afghanistan, a gridiron player for Australia, a Churchill Fellow, and now a youth worker. After leaving home at 15, Zack spent time on the streets, before he set a goal to join the army which turned his life around. He spent tours of duty in Afghanistan before post-traumatic stress disorder saw him medically discharged. Within 18 months Zack was playing for the Australian gridiron team in the World Cup in the United States. He then trained as a youth worker. With compassion and consistency and drawing on his own experiences, Zack supports and inspires some of our community’s most disadvantaged and disengaged young people. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: key milestones in Zack's life that led him to receiving the prestigious 2018 ACT Young Australian of the year award the warning signs of a disengaged youth and what to do about it external validation, what it means and why teens crave it ways to improve low se...

30 MIN2018 JUL 21
Comments
EP #10 Losing Control and Building Self Esteem with Zack Bryers

EP #9 Risky online behaviours and bridging the knowledge gap with Jordan Foster

Jordan Foster is formally recognised as one of Australia’s foremost cyber safety experts, providing online safety education to over one hundred thousand students, families and school staff Australia wide. Jordan is a Clinical Psychologist Registrar and the founder of ySafe, a now nationally-adopted household name in the field of cyber safety. Jordan has extensive clinical expertise in working with children and adolescents managing problematic technology use, including cyber bullying, image-based abuse, and Internet Gaming Addiction. Jordan has presented as a guest lecturer at prestigious Australian universities, provides comment in national media stories as a subject matter expert, consults with medical and mental health consortium conferences, and presents as a key note speaker at national education and cyber events. I know you're going to get so much out of my conversation with Jordan, I certainly did. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: values and venting and how ...

39 MIN2018 JUL 8
Comments
EP #9 Risky online behaviours and bridging the knowledge gap with Jordan Foster

Ep #8 Sexts, Texts and Selfies with Cybercop Susan McLean

Susan McLean is Australia's foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people. Widely regarded as Australia’s first cyber cop, she was a member of Victorian police for 27 years and took her first reported case of cyber bullying, amongst Year 8 girls, in 1994! Her best selling book Sexts, Texts and Selfies has just launched a second edition and in this interview she shares all the latest insights. I found this conversation with a Austlalia’s cyber cop so helpful and I think you will too. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: how to deal with cyberbullying sexting, its reality and the new laws surrounding this sextortion and image based abuse – the risks and the reality how to manage your child's digital reputation how to establish and maintain good online habits the good apps and the ones you need to avoid Further Resources: To learn more about Susan, her book and her work visit Cyber Safety Solutions. Cyber Safety Solutions on Facebook.

31 MIN2018 JUN 29
Comments
Ep #8 Sexts, Texts and Selfies with Cybercop Susan McLean

Ep #7 Digital Standards and Parenting Happy Tweens & Teens in the Home with Maggie Dent

Commonly known as the ‘Queen of Common Sense’, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia's favourite parenting authors andeducators, with a particular interest in adolescence and resilience. Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling and working in youth suicide prevention. The author of 10 books, she is a dedicated advocate to quietly changing lives in our families and communities. Maggie is the mother of four sons and a very grateful grandmother. Note: Whilst this episode is audible there were some technical issues on this interview, hence the quality is compromised. It's a great conversation with Maggie and worth listening to, so thank you for your patience. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: The major challenges parents and teachers are facing with young people and their digital lifestyles and what we can do to help Sensationalised and negative news cycles and how best to manage a 24/7 biased news feed. Great actionable tips from Maggie's many books, in ...

39 MIN2018 JUN 24
Comments
Ep #7 Digital Standards and Parenting Happy Tweens & Teens in the Home with Maggie Dent

Ep #6 Cybersafety and The Solution to Stop Online Bullying with Rachel Downie

Rachel Downie is an educator and social entrepreneur who has worked in public and private school settings for over 20 years. She now workshops with students, teachers and parents in school communities in Australia, to tackle issues of bullying and harm, eSafety, cyber wellness and personal safety. She educates through two organisations she has founded:Stymie, an anonymous online reporting system for use in schools nationally andBravely, which focuses on raising confident girls. Here's just some of what we cover in this episode: What Stymie is and how it can help your teen at school. Why teens are device literate but not digital literate and the challenges that creates for them and you. Free Resources to help you have more empowering conversations with your teen about how they are consuming digital media. What happens to a teen's Emotional Intelligence when they are online. How to create your own Digital Values to guide and support your family. Why we need a Culture of Care in school...

32 MIN2018 JUN 8
Comments
Ep #6 Cybersafety and The Solution to Stop Online Bullying with Rachel Downie

Ep #2 The Secret to Happy Families with Dr. Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson is a dad (of six!), a bestselling parenting author and founder of Happy Families. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Justin consults to the Federal Government's Office of the Children's e-Safety Commissioner and acts in an advisory capacity to well-known organisations including Beyond Blue, the Raising Children Network, Life Education, Intel Security, and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Here's just some of what we cover: How much screen time is too much and what to do about it. The number one concern for parents, carers, educators and youth workers regarding the young people in their lives. Why a one size fits all solution for teen tech wellbeing doesn't work. How to positive parent and why fear and guilt fails to support our children. Why incorporating PLAY is vital and how you can do that with your tweens and teens. The simple love languages you can practice to im...

32 MIN2018 MAY 31
Comments
Ep #2 The Secret to Happy Families with Dr. Justin Coulson

Ep #4 The Balancing Act of Screen Time and Real Life with Anya Kamenetz

Anyais an education correspondentfor National Public Radio (NPR). Shewrote about technology, innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship for five years withFast Companymagazine. Shewas named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by theHuffingtonPostand won2009, 2010, and 2015 National Awards from the Education Writers Association. Here's just some of what we cover: The real state of play with tech in our family lives Why saying it's all social media's fault is not the answer Using tech to enable and empower our young people Behavioural red flags to watch out for before we consider using the word 'addicted.' The TWO things to consider when assessing digital consumption. Why you have more influence over your teens/tweens online habits than you think. What is an Internet Gaming Disorder? The Kill Switch and other great apps to get kids off the screen. Anya's one piece of advice that you can take to introduce some Digital Zen in your life. Right now. You can learn more about Anya ...

29 MIN2018 MAY 31
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Ep #4 The Balancing Act of Screen Time and Real Life with Anya Kamenetz
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