Phone addiction in children is like drug abuse

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Phone addiction in children is like drug abuse

We are living in a giant uncontrolled experiment with a generation of Australian children growing up exposed to an addictive technology. This article first appeared in the Daily Telegraph.

Would you like to improve your relationship with your child’s teacher?

As a parent, it is often hard to have the degree of contact and the type of relationship that one may wish to enhance your child’s potential in any given class. Equally, as a teacher, it is frequently difficult to have the opportunity and the level of engagement with a parent to make a difference…   read more >

Do you recognise we are living in a huge uncontrolled experiment?

Man blowing fire in a warehouse

One which may be having adverse effects on the structure of the brain. It is imperative that we become aware of the signs and changes in our thinking and behaviours to mitigate potential concerns, before irreversible damage is done. These changes become even more critical in our children. Science is proving that the result of…   read more >

Do you really know the hidden cost of video games?

Blue brain & motherboard

Are video games just that, games? Are online games, like Fortnite, ‘just kids having fun’? Is the World Health Organisation being dramatic declaring video gaming as a mental health disorder in June 2018? And can we afford to dismiss this compulsion to game on-line as ‘just a phase’? On the eve of 60 Minutes going…   read more >

The Impact of Devices, Distractions & Diet in the Classroom

Brain with a brightly coloured right hemisphere and a left hemisphere covered in numbers

On 8th November 2018 I will be sharing my latest research on neuroscience and its affects on learning and well being in my new program “The Impact of Devices, Distractions & Diet in the Classroom”. I will be conducting this full day program for Independent Schools Victoria for interested educators and other professionals. The night before,…   read more >

Children at risk: 60 Minutes Australia special

Jill Sweatman appears on 60 Minutes

On 60 Minutes on September 2 I was interviewed about what is really happening in the minds of our children who are addicted to gaming. This topic is of critical importance in so many homes across the globe. Congratulations to 60 MINUTES for their highly professional efforts to bring gravity to what is sometimes termed, ‘the silent…   read more >

Choices – Are you making the right technological choices for yourself and your family?

We are living in an environment of unprecedented technological and cultural change compounded by soaring multimedia use and rapid transfer of information. Living in the digital age, we don’t yet know the long term impacts of high screen usage. But we do know the short term impacts. Many of these affect families globally with the…   read more >

What is the number one skill required to become world class?

Statue of David from Florence

Are you aware we are living in a data-rich yet attention-impoverished world that is affecting our lives, especially our brains? We need to be judicious about the interruptions we allow and how we deal with them. Studies show workers are interrupted every 11 minutes, 44% of workers interrupt themselves and we deal with interruptions immediately…   read more >

Advice to my students graduating from university

Gold mechanical globe

Wouldn’t it be a perfect world if every student graduated from university and progressed straight to a fantastic job? Yet in this brave new world with retrenchments, downsizing and business failures, are there even enough jobs available today for every university student who graduated last year? Unfortunately, the answer is no – and this is…   read more >

Is it too easy to blame Generation Y

Is it too easy to blame Generation Y? Perhaps. Here’s why. A Younger Generation engaging their Essence, saving us from our Ego! Boy 16 knifes and kills 17 year old on train. Hoons goad police with vanity videos. Female party goers increase drug abuse. It’s all too easy to blanket or taint our perception of…   read more >