Digital Families

Digital Families

By Leonie Smith
A 30min weekly podcast hosted by Leonie Smith "The Cyber Safety Lady" in conversation with parents, students, children, cyber safety experts, family councillors, child protection experts, wellbeing coaches, psychologists and more about maintaining a healthy and safe environment around digital technology in families.
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Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit on bullying prevention and help
Today I chat with Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit about bullying, especially cyber bullying amongst young people, why it is happening and we can do to try and prevent it and help mitigate the behaviour. Also, what are the key steps parents need to take if they find out their child is displaying bullying type behaviour, or if their child is being bullied? How do you help your child navigate tricky relationships or negative behaviour towards them so that they build a great set of skills and resilience to all life may throw at them. 
44:17
May 28, 2020
Digital Families with Jacqui Loustau from Cynch Small Business Security
New Digital Families Podcast with Jacqui Loustau from Cynch Small Business Security. We chat about what families need to put in place to ensure that if you are running a business from home, or working remotely, your family and your buisness will be secure online. Are you noticing more spam in your inbox? Are you aware of the latest scams to either disable your computer or steal money from your company. I put Jacqui from Cynch through a set of questions that I often hear from folks working from home at the moment. No question to dumb!!! Do you have the right equipment like your router/modem computer antivirus right now to stay secure? Should your phone have antivirus software? What happens if you do get targeted? Where to go for help? And more.  Share with other remote family members! https://cynch.com.au/ and for remote workers http://www.cynch.com.au/remote
43:06
May 21, 2020
Locked In Digital Families a Panel discussion
Guests of the podcast today are Collette Smart psychologist, qualified teacher, speaker and internationally published author, Tricia Munn a Cyber Safety expert from Eyes Open Social Media Safety, Jenny Hoey “mum of 3 and Parent Awareness Advocate at Porn Resilient Kids, an initiative of Youth Wellbeing Project” and Caitlin Lamour ICT Integrator at St Catherines School and Caitlin Lamour ICT Integrator Twitter @caitlinlamour at St Catherines School Sydney. Todays podcast we talk about the increase of Cyber Bullying and children being exposed to dangerous media like porn during Covid19. The office of the eSafety commissioner has reported a steep increase in reports of cyber bullying, extortion and image based abuse since lockdown. “The number of people reporting behaviour such as cyberbullying, image-based abuse and sex-based extortion has more than tripled since coronavirus restrictions took effect, according to the eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant.” We also discuss the future of technology and schools after Covid19 What influences might the lock down have on technology in education? What worked what didn’t and will parents find it difficult to pull back from being involved in their child’s learning in order to allow schools to do their jobs? How are HSC students coping with this new way of learning and a more uncertain future?
1:09:51
May 14, 2020
Digital Families with Martine Oglethorpe "The Modern Parent"
My guest today is Martine Oglethorpe from "The Modern Parent". Martine is a mother to five boys with a background in secondary education and a Masters in Counselling. Through her personal and professional work with families raising children, she recognises the important role technology plays in the lives of young people today and thus the role we can play in not only their safety but their social and emotional wellbeing. In todays podcast Martine and I talked about what parents can do when they feel overwhelmed by screen time and tech in their home. If you have a child that throws a wobbly every time you try to get them to do something else other than using a screen, Martine has some very helpful tips. Martine and I also talk about how to develop positive relationships with the screens in your home, particularly during this intense time.  Martine also is an Author of several books, her latest is titled "The Modern Parent" Found here for sale in hard copy or eBook https://themodernparent.net/the-modern-parent-book/ Find out more about Martine Here www.themodernparent.net 
40:27
May 7, 2020
Digital Families Podcast with Tricia Munn from Eyes Open Social Media Safety
In todays Vodcast/podcast Tricia Munn from "Eyes Open Social Media Safety" and I chat about how to keep your children safe from online predators, how "sharenting" where parents share news and photos about their children online can be done with more consideration to safety. Why is it that social media safety advocates keep banging on about protecting your child's personal information and even photos online? We talk about why learning about the privacy settings on platforms are so important, and what can happen if you don't set those settings to most secure. Live streaming is the BIG issue of the moment according to Trish, and we talk about how you as a parent can be more aware of what your child is doing online, especially now with Covid19 and the difficulties with us all being online more often.  Find out more about Tricia and Eyes Open Social Media Safety Here! www.eyesopensocialmediasafety.com.au
38:02
May 1, 2020
Digital Families Podcast with Kim Maslin ICT Educator
Kim Maslin is a passionate educator and author currently living in Esperance, Western Australia. Her background is in ICT, and has taught learners aged 5 to 85-year-olds how to use digital technologies. She has worked as a specialist Science & Technologies teacher. Kim also runs her own Digital Technologies Education Business, providing digital marketing workshops and consultancy, plus graphic and web design services.  In this Vod/Podcast I talk to Kim about how this pandemic is effecting teachers and learning remotely. Kim discusses the sorts of issues she is seeing in schools as they learn how to use new technology to teach students, in ways that they never envisioned they would have to learn. We discuss how important it is for parents to also understand the difficulties from educational staff. 
33:51
April 27, 2020
Digital Families Podcast With Kayelene Kerr from WA Child Safety services
Kayelene Kerr from WA Child Safety Services, draws on over 23 years’ experience of study and law enforcement investigating sexual crimes, including technology facilitated crimes, to deliver quality, sought after education programs. Kayelene is recognised as one of Western Australia’s most experienced specialist providers of Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education workshops. In this Podcast Kayelene Kerr and I chat about how parents can identify when their child might be upset about something online, how to help your child open up about anything that bothers them online. We chat about how children might learn about balancing their time on screens, and how they might filter what they see online to protect their mental health during this pandemic, where they are possibly exposed to some very frightening imagery. We also talk about how parents can be part of their Childs online world in fun ways! Some great tips and advice here from Kaylene. WA Child Safety Services have some great resources on their website www.wachildsafetyservices.com and some helpful free content to share with your family on their YouTube Channel. Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDd8_wBJcb_eprUeZ9Tbvw
37:24
April 24, 2020
Digital Families Leonie Smith with Jordan Foster from YSafe Cyber Safety
Jordan Forster is a Clinical Psychologist from Perth Australia 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 compulsive gaming. During this chat we talk about what parents can do to create a safe place for children to report anything that they might find upsetting or challenging online. We talk about how to decide on safe apps for kids and much more and what to do if if your child does see something awful online! www.ysafe.com.au
34:37
April 16, 2020
Digital Families Podcast Leonie Smith With Holly ann Martin Safe4Kids
Holly ann Martin along with her husband Roger run The Safe4Kids Child Abuse Prevention Education Program. For this podcast/vodcast I chat to Holly ann, about ways parents can talk to their children about the icky subjects like strangers, seeing upsetting content like pornography online and body protection. We also talk about the signs to teach our children to look out for, for "tricky" strangers online.  Holly takes us through some great easy ways for children to build a safe network around themselves and demonstrates how she teaches children to use find a trusted support group to help them when they need it wherever they are. She also talks about how to encourage children to come to us when they are afraid of something, or have made a mistake and they need us. Safe disclosure.  You can find out more about Holly ann at www.safe4kids.com.au She has a lot of resources for parents and schools on her website including picture books that parents can use to help teach their children about safety using appropriate language and messages. Find her bookshop here https://safe4kids.com.au/product/safe4kids-book-bundle/
39:37
April 9, 2020
Digital Families with Michelle Mitchell, educator, author and speaker
In this episode Michelle Mitchell and I chat about wellbeing in the era of Corona virus. Teens and Tweens are  being exposed to scary content online, parents new responsibilities in the home with caring for children, particularly with home distance learning and soon with holidays and bored kids stuck inside. Michelle gives some great tips on connecting with your children and helping them with their fears, and also for parents also looking after themselves during this stressful time. Find out more about Michelle Mitchell Here. www.michellemitchell.org "They aren’t just any tween or teen. They are yours. And that makes them the most important child in the world".
30:43
April 2, 2020
Distance Learning & Covit-19 with Collett Smart Author - Teacher - Psychologist
Collett Smart is a family Psychologist, a teacher/lecturer and Author of They’ll Be Okay’ 15 Conversations to Help Your Child Through troubled Times (Hachette) https://collettsmart.com Collett and Leonie discuss the issues around home schooling and technology in the age of COVIT-19. Distance learning and the traps for families using tech more now than ever. After coming straight from a lecture, Collett also talks about how Universities are also handling distance learning with all the new challenges. We also discuss the digital divide with different families both rural and city families struggles to able to access distance learning and support with the devices and services available. 
30:36
March 27, 2020