» GAMES FOR CHANGE: Go to the PLAY section for a list of great indie and educational games.
» COMMON SENSE MEDIA: For reliable and balanced information on games and apps, including reviews
» AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND MEDIA: Tonnes of resources & information on healthy media choices.
» LET’S PLAY: Parenting app detailing a range of activities to promote early childhood learning (sort by age and type of activity).
» MARS (Mobile App Rating Scale): For Health Apps, developed by the Young and Well CRC
» IARC (International Age Rating Coalition): A ground-breaking global rating and age classification system for digitally delivered games and apps.
»SMILING MIND: An excellent Australian app teaching mindfulness.
»SEND THIS INSTEAD: Pressured to send explicit texts/s3xts? Send these visual messages instead!
»RESCUE TIME: For monitoring where your time online actually goes.
»MY MENTAL SPACE: Stop wasting time online and start managing it
»CHORE WARS is a great way to gamify your households chores and HABIT RPG is another app which allows you to set up rewards for completing tasks.
»LEARNMETER: Monitor the activities each device and the human operating it is doing. Rates the activities based on their learning potential. Australian owned and operated!
»OURPACT: a tool for parents to harness the power of their child’s mobile device to their advantage. Limits app access and time online. I really like this one because it talks about the power of agreements and communication.
There are hundreds of these apps and bits of software that you can use to help shape your use of technology. I get asked quite regular to trial them and write about/sell them to you. They can be useful to increase awareness of the habits.
»PAUSE: Pause the digital, start the real. It gamifies your time offline against your mates.
»DIGITAL DETACH: for Android temporarily turns your smartphone into a dumb phone that limits everything except calls and texts for a period of time that you choose.
»BREAKFREE: Tracks your time spent using your smartphone, sends reminders and limits (Android only)
»CHECKYAPP: How many times a day do you check your phone?
»QUALITY TIME: Discover your smartphone habits. Manage your Digital Diet (Android only)
»DUMBPHONE: Makes your smartphone work like its 2002.
»Facehooked by Dr Suzana Flores
»Growing Up Social
»The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
»GENERATION LIKE (2014) – documentary by the very excellent Douglas Rushkoff (who made The Merchant’s of Cool in 2001) on the way social media shapes teenager’s identity and the marketing of products.
»WEB JUNKIE (2014) – documentary that looks inside the Daxing Video Game Addiction Reprogramming clinic in China.
»Sir Ken Robinson, education and innovation theory dude.
»Dr Dan Siegel, author of a bunch of emotion control and brain development books on parenting.
»Dean Groom, he writes a blog called playable which will flip your thinking on the EdTech movement.
»David Ryan Polger, the @TechEthicist and his Mental Food Plate as well as the DIGCITSUMMIT
»Diana Graber and her very excellent Digital Citizenship program CYBERWISE (based near LA)
»Devorah Heitner from RAISING DIGITAL NATIVES (based in Chicago).