Parents' Ultimate Guide to Smart Devices by Common Sense Media

Smart devices are increasingly becoming common place in our homes. In recent workshops with children at National School Level I have been asked questions such as “is it okay to talk to “Alexa” even though I don’t really know who she is?” “Is Alexa always right?”

The following guide from Common Sense Media is a great read for parents who have, or are considering introducing, smart technology in the home. Conversation is key, and this may help to start one.

Today Show with Maura and Dathi

On the couch with Maura and Dathi and the wonderful Author Niamh Ahern

On the couch with Maura and Dathi and the wonderful Author Niamh Ahern

Had a fantastic day @RTE on the Today Show with Maura and Dathi with Author Niamh Ahern, talking about Niamh’s book “Timmys Technology Troubles” and Screen Time.

Niamh’s first book “Timmy’s Technology Troubles” is an exceptional, necessary and must read book. The perfect book to assist parents and children in understanding the impact of technology and managing our use.

Also got to meet the fabulous James Patrice :)

Clarecastle National School Internet & Technology Use Agreement

Congrats to all @ Clarecastle National School for implementing their Internet and Technology Use Agreement. This agreement was informed by students, parents, teachers and the BOM and serves to help and support both students and parents in managing the use of technology. It was a pleasure to work with you on this and I hope it continues to go from strength to strength.

“Parents give ringing endorsement to school’s phone ban”

Irish Examiner article on Agreement


Irish Daily Mail coverage of Clarecastle National School Agreement

Reporter Seán Dunne