Michael-Carr Gregg 'Real Wired Child'Michael Carr-Gregg is an Australian Psychologist with much experience of working with children. This book was written (in 2007)  with the support of the Australian police – nice simple read with a lot of practical advice, but no screen-shots (as digital changes too fast).

The book is generally written from a positive perspective, assuming that the people reading this are parents unsure whether the online world is helping or hindering their children’s experiences…. Carr-Gregg definitely feels that it is of benefit, but that we need to understand the “issues” so that parents can deal with them appropriately . 

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There’s interesting information about how the teenage brain develops, and that we shouldn’t give too much responsibility to kids too early – we should trust them but understand that they still need support, encouragement and guidance. He identifies the internet as the biggest thing since the printing press, but that the adolescent brain is a work in progress. “They are generally not good at impulse control, prioritising or assessing risk.” Particular problems are that:

The following basic principles are given:

He’s very keen on the idea of a family internet contract, and that schools also need to work on defining appropriate policies in conjunction with parents. Lots about online gaming & dealing with issues of (cyber) bullying – either child as a victim, or child engaging in it.

Some further interesting links:

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