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Parents, Teens and Tech: Three Simple Ways to Achieve Digital Zen

5 August, 2018

Technology is part of our lives and the way we live, so it’s important to understand how parenting can fit positively in the digital landscape.

On The Digital Zen Podcast we’ve spoken to an amazing line-up of leading psychologists, youth experts and parenting authors to find out how parents, teens and tech can live together in harmony.

While it can be frustrating, unnerving or even a little scary to navigate the digital space as a parent, here are some simple ways for you and the teens you love to achieve some Digital Zen.

#1  Keep your own relationship with technology in check.

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Emails, phone calls, meetings, appointments – the list goes on and on. As much as you might not realise it, your own relationship with technology influences your teen’s relationship with their technology.

If you’re constantly checking your phone or computer during breakfast or at the dinner table, your teen might see this as validation for always checking their Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook.

Dr. Justin Coulson advises parents to encourage real and meaningful time with their teens.

Set a positive example and make breakfast time, dinner and any other moments when the family is together a mobile free zone.

Sometimes you need to disconnect online in order to reconnect with those you love.

As Australia’s ‘Queen of Common Sense’ Maggie Dent puts it:

Unless we put family relationships as something that’s really important, the Internet will steal that space.

#2  Change your attitude towards the role of tech in your teen’s life.

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Is technology really having a negative influence on our teens or are there some positive influences?

For NPR Education Correspondent and Author, Anya Kamenentz, she views the digital landscape empowering teens to support big social movements, teach themselves new skills online and a way to encourage entrepreneurial initiatives.

Unfortunately however, if parents do not support or fully understand their teen’s activities online, these little sparks of inspiration and creativity sadly fade away.

In her research, Professor Sonia Livingstone saw many instances of missed opportunities where teens would stop pursuing a particular interest online such as coding or creating YouTube videos because they didn’t receive enough support, resources or recognition from the adults around them.

Instead of immediately discounting the positive role of technology and approaching your teen’s keen interest in his/her screen as a negative, take a small step back and simply ask them about it. Through your careful guidance and support, your teen’s small hobby can turn into a lifelong passion or pathway to their future career.

#3   Be curious and embrace the tech your teen is using.

Parents want to keep their teens safe offline and online. However, with new apps, social media platforms and more popping up everyday, it is definitely hard to keep up with the latest digital trends.

Instead of looking at news stories, research or other external sources for information about the digital world that teens engage with daily, Clinical Psychologist Jordan Foster advises parents to be curious and simply ask your teens some questions, allowing them to play the role of the expert.

Australia’s first cyber cop and author of Sexts, Texts and Selfies, Susan McLean reinforces this message.

Embrace technology the way your children have because you need to be a part of their world… Be that active and involved participant in their world.

 

Having a genuine interest in your teen’s activities online can not only help you become more knowledgeable about the digital landscape, it can also allow for a more open and positive dialogue, helping you understand why the digital space is so important to them. Take these three steps and you will certainly start to welcome more Digital Zen into both your life and the life of the teen(s) you love.

 

Written by Sallie Rodriguez

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5 Common Personal Branding Mistakes To Avoid

12 February, 2018

 

Have you given much thought lately to your Personal Branding and how it might be holding you back in your business?

You’ve likely been ‘putting yourself out there’ for a while now. Logo and your business cards, tick. Website. Tick. Social media activity. Tick. And it’s game on. But guess what? Everyone else is doing that too. And it’s a very crowded, noisy marketplace out there. So, how do YOU stand out?

Your personal brand is your super power. It’s so much more than a logo. It’s your voice, your style, your message. And as Jeff Bezos says, ‘It’s what people say about you when you leave the room.’

There are some common Personal Branding mistakes that could be holding you back, losing you valuable clients and income. By avoiding these mistakes, you can fast-track creating a personal brand that has your name all over it. Here are five you can address right now.

Mistake #1
Unclear Communicating Your Purpose

Sure you know what your purpose is but are you communicating it effectively? Is it clear from your work what’s really important to you and what problem you solve for your clients?

Tip. What do you want to be known for? Pick your subject matter and stick to what you do best. Develop your Signature Offer or Program and build from there.

Mistake #2
Nowhere to be Seen In Real Life

It can be so easy to forget to get offline as you build your online empire. I have certainly been guilty of this one at times! But there’s nothing like meeting people face to face for real connection and lasting relationship building.

Tip. Don’t forget your in-person presence as well as your online presence. Face to face connection will do way more for your business than any Facebook or Instagram post will.

Mistake #3
Letting your Personal Brand Evolve Organically

Organic growth is good, right? But thinking that your Personal Brand will simply evolve organically is dangerous.  That’s like letting a complete stranger write your bio and choose how you will be perceived online. Things outdate very fast so keep it fresh and current, reflecting where you are now in your business.

Tip: Shape your reputation and take control of how you want to be perceived, both online and offline.

Mistake #4
Losing Your Story

You know already that being authentic in your communication is key but this can be tricky to maintain with scheduling apps and automation. Plus it takes time and commitment to show up and be the real you.

Tip. Stay true to you by showing some of your vulnerabilities and being a little more ad hoc ‘in the moment’ with your online activity.

Mistake #5
Being Just Another Vanilla

With saturation online comes a lot of the samey-samey. Something that works is hard to ignore, so it can be easier to ‘adopt’ another voice or style, rather than risk voicing our own.

Tip.This world needs more ‘weird’ and in the words of Seth Godin…’find your own kind of weird’ then incorporate THAT into your Personal Brand.

 

Avoid these mistakes and your Personal Brand will certainly be more reflective of what you want it to be. All the authentic and best parts of YOU.

And to take this further and get clearer on how you can magnify Your Personal Brand get my FREE Stand Out Personal Branding workbook

Remember, your personal brand IS your superpower in business, so take control of it. Or someone else will.

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