Introducing Dr Kristy!
I’m thrilled to have been invited to be a Nick Jr. Parents Resident Expert.
As a children’s technology and brain researcher and a mum I’m passionate about finding healthy, safe and even educational ways to use technology with young children. Technology is here to stay, so banning it or fearing it is not the solution. Instead, we need to look for the best and safest ways to use these new technologies with young children.
Through my business Every Chance to Learn, I’m on a mission to help parents navigate their children’s digital world. We are the first generation of parents who are raising complete ‘digital natives’.
Our children are growing up with an avalanche of screens. Their daily lives are saturated with media. So we need to know the best ways to navigate this digital world. And that’s exactly how I can help you. I want to eradicate the unnecessary ‘techno-guilt’ and confusion when it comes to raising young children in a digital age.
Instead, I want to arm parents with evidence-based information to empower them to make confident and informed decisions about how they can use technology with their children.
No more techno-shame or confusion. I believe that today’s parents have enough to worry about without adding technology to the mix.
Every Chance to Learn was conceived just after my first son was born. I experienced first-hand how confusing it is to figure out how young children learn and develop in a digital age. Parents are bamboozled. There’s so much conflicting information about whether technology is healthy, safe or even appropriate for young children. And that shouldn’t be the case.
You see, the good news is that young children can (and do) learn from well-designed technology when it’s used appropriately and intentionally. We have the research evidence that clearly tells us this. For example, we know that young children can learn from quality TV programs. Yes, TV can be educational!
Technology can be used in ways that are healthy and supports, not stifles, young children’s development. And parents need to know this vital information. That’s my mission at Every Chance to Learn: I want to help ease the unnecessary techno-guilt that many of today’s parents suffer from.
So I translate the latest research about how young children learn and develop in a digital age into practical information and ideas for parents. I want to help parents feel confident and informed as the traverse this digital terrain.