31 episodes

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.

Digital Familie‪s‬ Leonie Smith

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

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.

    Parenting For A Digital Future with Sonia Livingstone

    Parenting For A Digital Future with Sonia Livingstone

    Many parents are really struggling to help and supervise their children's online world and learning. Why are parents being blamed and marginalised for "Bad Digital Parenting" Is this fair? 

    In her latest research and book "Parenting For A Digital Future" Professor Sandra Livingstone asked parents from all sorts of backgrounds about what their hopes were for their children in regard to a digital future. She and her colleague Alicia Blum-Ross found that many parents were really struggling to manage digital technology, and were sadly left out of a lot of initiatives and conversations around their own children's online education. In this podcast Sonia and I discuss some of her findings and discuss possible solutions to help parents find the task of digital parenting easier and more equitable.

    • 39 min
    How To Resolve Family Disagreements Around Digital Devices Episode 30

    How To Resolve Family Disagreements Around Digital Devices Episode 30

    My guest today is Fred Bretthauer. Fred is a senior Family Dispute Mediator with Catholic Care and a committee member of the Family Law Pathways Network in Sydney. He has been resolving family separation disputes for over 10 years, he also runs education seminars for parents who are experiencing ongoing conflict. Family disputes involving the digital world have also been starting to impact the work that he does.

    During this podcast Fred and I talk about how families can have less drama around digital device use, about parents as mentors and negotiating use of technology with better safer outcomes. 

    • 42 min
    Smart Toys & Speakers. Privacy risk or great Christmas Gift idea? Episode 29

    Smart Toys & Speakers. Privacy risk or great Christmas Gift idea? Episode 29

    With Christmas almost upon us, many parents are looking into buying their little one a new smart toy, watch or device. 

    But how do we choose a safe digital toy for our children, what do we need to consider with safety and in particular what about privacy? We know that Tech companies use our data to market to us, this includes where we live, how old we are, location data showing the trips we take each day, and generally where we go online. But children are supposed to be exempt from that data scraping aren’t they? Also how secure are these devices from hackers and spys or over reaching marketing companies?

    Samantha Floreani is a Privacy & Technology Specialist at Salinger Privacy, Samantha also sits on the Board of the Australian Privacy Foundation.

    In todays Digital Families Podcast Samantha lays out her top tips for parents to consider when buying a smart device or toy for their child. 

    • 41 min
    "Cybertrauma", Children & Teens Online with Catherine Knibbs Episode 28

    "Cybertrauma", Children & Teens Online with Catherine Knibbs Episode 28

    My guest on the Digital Families Podcast today is Catherine Knibbs

    Catherine is a Clinical Doctorial Researcher, Consultant, Public Speaker, Author and Child & Adult Trauma Psychotherapist. She writes about and works with “Cybertrauma” which is any trauma that occurs through an internet ready device. Catherine is undoubtably one of the most experienced and informed therapists and academics in the field of psychology around online exposure to traumatic online events. Including shared live videos of self harm or violence to others.

    Catherine gives her tips for parents and authorities on steps to take when traumatic content is being shared online, to prevent it from being shared further, or searched for when warnings to parents and educators are issued.

    Find out more about Catherine Knibbs Here: https://cybertrauma.co.uk https://www.catherineknibbs.co.uk

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Online Conspiracies and Hoaxes. Real or Fake? Episode 27

    Online Conspiracies and Hoaxes. Real or Fake? Episode 27

    In the age of digital misinformation and hoaxes being shared prolifically online we are now at a point that we are now having protests on the streets from folks who believe that Covid19 is a hoax and Bill Gates is going to insert a microchip in our veins through a Covid19 vaccination, and flat earthers seem to be gaining voice online.

    In todays podcast I chat with Dr Diana Bossio Senior lecturer and researcher in Media and Communication at Swinburne University of Technology, about where these hoaxes and falsehoods come from, who's pushing them and why? How can we as ordinary users of the internet and social media discern the real from the fake?

    Last years Momo challenge hoax, the blue whale hoax and others like it are spreading on the apps our children are using like TikTok Instagram and Snapchat. How can we as parents help our children to be more discerning and help them with their fears?

    • 33 min
    Kayelene Kerr - eSafeKids - Predators Online - Protection and Empowering Children Online Ep 26

    Kayelene Kerr - eSafeKids - Predators Online - Protection and Empowering Children Online Ep 26

    Kayelene Kerr from eSafeKids is recognised as one of Western Australia’s most experienced specialist providers of Body Safety, Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education workshops.

    In todays podcast Kayelene and myself talk about "Online Child Abuse" How can we tackle this insidious and horrific crime as a community. "Self produced child abuse" is an overwhelming problem for law enforcement which has escalated during Covid19, with more and more children being blackmailed or co-erced to share child abuse material to paedophiles through online channels.

    What can we, as parents do to protect our children whilst they are online, as well as help our children to recognise when they are in danger?

    What are the signs that your child is being groomed? What games and platforms are paedophiles using to contact children? And what is law enforcement doing about this?

    See more about Kayelene Here: www.eSafeKids.com.au 

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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SalesHQ2020 ,

Thank you!

Such good information shared here! All parents of young kids and teens should listen this podcast!

Bollycaro10 ,

So much value

I look forward to listening to this podcast so much as I learn something new each time and I also get the opportunity to see things from a different perspective. Thank you thank you.

coffeeloverLM ,

Really informative!

Really enjoying this podcast series. I work in Cybersecurity and I’m finding these perspectives really helpful but this content would also be really helpful for anyone wanting to learn more about how to stay safe online!

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