PPP049: Revisiting Digital Parenting with Martine Oglethorpe

We’re doing something a little different on the podcast today. For the first time, we are revisiting a past episode. In fact it’s episode two of the podcast - my interview with parenting and e-safety expert Martine Oglethorpe from The Modern Parent.

Have you noticed a resurgence of interest in the mainstream media lately in video games and their impact on kids?

Specifically, the instances and issues surrounding video gaming as an addiction or disorder?

In late May of 2019 the World Health Organisation officially recognized "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition — adding the disorder to the International Classification of Diseases, or the ICD-11, the organisation's official diagnostic manual.

Screen time, video games and internet gaming are confusing topics. Everyone has an opinion. Parents feel guilt and uncertainty. 'Screen time' creates a huge amount of conflict within families. I wonder whether the conflict, anxiety and stress around internet games and screen time does more harm that the screens themselves?

So I thought it was timely to revisit Martine’s wise advice on the topic, both as an expert and a parent to five teen boys.

In this episode Martine and I talk positively about:

  • Why parents don't need to fear technology when it comes to their kids

  • Why parenting in the digital age is just parenting and the same rules apply 

  • The importance of teaching kids to think critically about their technology use, and 

  • Martine's 9 questions to ask when it comes to kids and screen time.

Martine’s 9 Questions to Ask when it Comes to Kids and Screen time


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