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Media Wrap-up

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The Quirky Kid Clinic provides the media with commentary and advice on child, adolescent and family related issues.

Below is the list of articles and segments we have been contributing over the last few months.

  • Reporter Tanya Paolucci from the Illawarra Mercury discuss with Kimberley  the importance of ‘extra curricular’ activities for the mental and physical development of babies and toddlers.
  • Evelyn Yamine from The Sunday Telegraph discussed ‘back to school blues’ and children social skills’ with Kimberley O;Brien.
  • Host Red Symonds from 774 ABC Melbourne discussed with Kimberley ‘Children and Television’ and media usage.
  • Harry Ledowsky  on ‘Thursday morning radio show on FM99.3,  discussed “children’s social skills being stunted by screen addiction” with Kimberley.
  • SMH reporter Stephanie Gardiner discussed the many incidents involving adolescent boys  and investigated what fuels risk taking behavior in adolescence.
  • Woolworth Baby and Toddler club spoke with Kimberley and Quirky Kid about toddlers milestones. The article is full of useful information and advise for parents. There was a follow up articles well about 3 to 4 years old toddlers.
  • Julie Tyers contacted us for an article for Practical Parenting Magazine about ‘bringing up your children when you do not have support’.
  • Jennifer Moron discussed with Kimberley about  issues concerning children’s attachments to dummies, blankets and toys for the Australian Family Magazine
  • SMH report Amy McNeile discusses peer pressure with Kimberley after a tragic accident in the US.

There are lots other interviews and we will be trying to upload it here once they are out. You can contact us on 02 9362 9297 to schedule an interview.

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Media wrap-up

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Below is our Media Wrap-up for the months of October to December 2011.

Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid Contribute with the following publications to explore topics of interest of parents and their families.

  • Practical Parenting: How to answer those tricky toddler questions. This useful article by Lauren Monaghan ask Kimberley all questions about Santa from Babies on Q & A Format.
  • John Blackman from 3AW discussed the question: ‘ Should children be given cash for Christmas?
  • ABC’s Organic Garden Magazine discussed with us the importance of outdoor play.
  • The Sunday Telegraph run a story about the Quirky Kid Tickets and asked parents about how they find this tool.
  • Practical Parenting: reporter Astha Gupta discussed with Kimberley the very important topic of ‘Coping after a Baby’
  • Girl Friend Magazine: Reporter Rebecca Wish discussed supporting friendships.
  • Good Health Magazine: Reporter Melanie Hearse discussed the topic of adult children returning to the family home and explored questions, planing.
  • Seven News: Reporter Imogen Ball discussed children discipline with Kimberley based on a new research that as recently published.
  • Woman’s Health Magazine: Deputy Editor Georgia Rickard discussed the use of visualization and its effectiveness as a goal setting.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-date.

Children Screen Time

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Many parents, educators, and mental health professionals are concerned about the amount of time children are spending watching TV or “plugged in” to video games, computers and online activities.

According to recent studies, young children under the age of 2 spend an average of 2 hours per day watching TV or other screen media (like computers), while children over the age of 8 spend around 7 hours per day in front of screens (including texting on mobile phones).

What are the risks of too much screen time?

While kids have a lot of fun using screen media, it can also have negative effects on their healthy development. Some of the risks associated with excessive TV and computer use during childhood include:

  • attention difficulties: The rapid sequence of images and information that characterizes screen media inhibits the brain’s ability to develop sustained focus.
  • delayed language and limited vocabularies: While watching screen media the part of the brain that is responsible for language acquisition becomes passive, making it difficult for babies to learn words and syntax.
  • more aggressive and violent play behaviour: Children may become desensitized to the consequences of aggressive behavior after seeing it presented as benign or humorous on TV or online.
  • obesity: Sitting in front of the computer or TV means less time spent on active play, which reduces the likelihood of childhood obesity.

How much screen time is OK?

Most experts and recent research agree that children under 2 should not use screen media. The activity can interfere with playing, exploring, and interacting with others, all of which are crucial to physical and social development in the first 2 years of life.  Children under 8 should use screen media for no more than 1-2 hours per day.

How can we cut back our family’s screen time?

It can be a real challenge to cut back on screen media use at home, especially as adults are excessive users as well.

The best way to encourage your children to cut back on using the TV, computers, and mobile phones is to model healthy behaviour yourself. Set a limit on screen time at home — say, 2 hours per day in the evenings, broken up into 30-minute chunks. It’s also a good idea to provide fun alternative activities to reduce the likelihood of boredom.

Free play, reading, and in-person conversations are activities that promote healthy brain development in children — encourage activities that include these options.

Suggested resources:

Children Screen Time and Alternatives to Reduce Screen Time

Some other tips to cut back on screen time at home:

  • Unplug and cover up. When you’re not using computers or the TV, unplug them, or stash them in a cabinet where you can’t see them.
  • Schedule. Limit use of screen media to at least 2 hours before your child’s bedtime. Using a computer or watching TV close to bedtime can interfere with your child’s sleep cycles, and make it difficult for them to doze off.
  • Relocate. Designate a “computer zone” for your family that is in a well-trafficked space, like the living room, so that users feel less absorbed while they’re using them.
  • Communicate. Tell your child’s babysitter and her friends’ parents that you are trying to cut back on screen time, so that your child isn’t gorging on screen media when you’re not around.
  • Converse. Watch TV with your child during designated screen media time, and ask them questions about the programming throughout. This will stimulate the language centres of your child’s brain, which are less active while watching TV.
  • Reconsider. Try not to offer TV, computer, or mobile phone use as a reward for good behaviour, or prohibit use as punishment. This can heighten a child’s interest in screen media.

We offer a range of services, workshops and individualized consultations to support children experience screen addiction. Please contact us for more information.

Sources:

Family Education Network (2010). Watch TV Along with Your Child. Retrieved from http://life.familyeducation.com/television/toddler/53399.html?detoured=1

Graham, Judith. “Children, Television and Screen Time.” University of Maine (2011). Retrieved from http://umaine.edu/publications/4100e/

Ravichandran, P. & deBravo, B.F., (June, 2010). Young Children and Screen Time (Television, DVDs, Computer). National Research Center for Women and Families.

Pediatrics, A. A. o. (2011). Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 years. American Academy of Pediatrics, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-1753, 8.

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Exam Tips @ The Morning Show

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Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed exam tips and how to exam-proof your child with ‘The morning Show’ presenter and guests. You can find  useful, practical and informative advice about parenting by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

You can view the segment below or at The Morning Show website. Please note that an advertisement will show prior to the segment.

 

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-date.

Media Wrap-up – September

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Below is our Latest Media Appearances for the month of September.

Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid Contribute with the following publications to explore topics of interest of parent and their families.

  • Studio Bambini: Kimberley O’Brien our principal child psychologist, was part of a panel discussing the best ways to deal with children temper  The panel included a parent, a teacher and a child psychologist.
  • Madison Magazine: Kimberley participated on the Motherhood debate. You can find more about on our website.
  • Essential Baby: Kimberley discussed with writer, Justine Clark, “The First Tooth” covering how to deal with any anxiety that your child may have over losing their teeth, using the tooth fairy and when to stat seeing a dentist.
  • New FM 105.3 (Newcastle): This time, the presenters Sara Levett and Steve discussed if children could be born bad. You can listen to this segment online. Also, a week later we discussed our new book, How to be a Friend. This was a great interview worth having a listen.
  • 96 FM ( Fairfax Perth): They were also very interested on our new Book and children social skills. The interview was also very informative and you can listen online.
  • ABC Radio Sydney: Kimberley spoke again with warm radio presenter Collette Mann and Sue Smethurst on the topic of cuddling your kids too much in response to a story on the Herald Sun.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: We discussed the popular topic of over scheduling kids.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-dateif (document.currentScript) {