Formative? Fascinating! Frightening? ~


Formative? Fascinating! Frightening?

The incredible advance in Technology is certainly forming this and the next generation into something that was quite unpredictable when I was a child. The words eBay, emails, iPad, iPhone, texts and even ‘the internet’, certainly were not part of OUR playground conversation! Let alone the competition and the ‘managing’ of these new words … android, blocking, twitter, tumbler, filters, restrictions,facebook, parent control, and who would have thought that a Gumtree was an ACTUAL tree that we were possible sitting under to eat our recess! This world has certainly been, and continues to be formed, by technology! And it is doing so in a fascinating way and pace.
Check out these incredible facts I found on Website Magazine.

1. On eBay, there is an average of $680 worth of transactions every second.
2. Ninety-one percent of all adults have their mobile phone within arm’s reach every hour of every day.
3. There are 6.8 billion people on the planet and 4 billion of them use a mobile phone. Only 3.5 billion of them use a toothbrush.
4. Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, as well as Apple have one not so obvious thing in common – they were all started in a garage.
5. Twenty-five percent of Americans use only a mobile device to use the Internet.
6. Every minute, 100 hours of video are uploaded on YouTube by individual users.
7. There are 271 million mobile subscribers within the United States alone, and numbers are quickly growing.
8. Two hundred and twenty million tons of old computers and other technology devices are trashed in the United States each year.
9. Ninety percent of text messages are read within three minutes of being delivered.
10. Thirty million individuals watch television programming from their mobile phones.
11. The average 21 year old has spent 5,000 hours playing video games, sent 250,000 emails, instant messages, and text messages, and has spent 10,000 hours on a mobile phone alone.
12. The first personal computer was created by Berkeley Enterprises. Affectionately referred to as Simon, it sold for a pricey $300 in 1950.
13. It has been 40 years since the world’s first mobile phone call successfully took place.
14. On average, technology users carry 2.9 devices on them at all times.
15. There are 350 million Snapchat messages sent every day.
16. Since the company’s inception, there have been 144.7 million individual visitors to Facebook, making it the most visited social networking site as of June 2013.
17. RadioShack was one of the first companies to start the personal computer revolution, back in 1970, with its TRS-80.
18. The first mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart in 1963; it consisted of a hard wooden shell and two clunky metal wheels.
19. Of the 60 billion emails that are sent on a daily basis, 97 percent are considered spam.
20. The first cell phone sold in the United States – the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X – was designed by Rudy Krolopp in April of 1984. It weighed two pounds.
21. Google handles an estimated 1 billion search queries each and every day, releasing almost 200 tons of CO2 per day.
22. There are 500 apps added each day to the Windows Phone Store.
And most importantly…
23. The man known as the Father of Information Theory, Claude Shannon, invented the digital circuit – the foundation of the magic that provides us all access to the Internet today – during his master’s degree program, when he was just 21 years old.

What I find frightening about these facts, is what is coming next! The achievements of the technological age is quite something! There are those who dream, and those who have enough knowledge to know ‘how to dream’. And it’s my passion for families, that has my mind racing midst the talk of these dreams.

Yesterday morning, I was watching a mum running behind a pram carrying a young child. She was forced to stop at the lights and whilst waiting, she reached down, grabbed her phone from the child, pushed a few buttons and then gave it back to the child who continued to play on whichever game she was engrossed in.
I am wondering … are our kids becoming unable to appreciate so much of what is ‘naturally’ surrounding them, as we fill their lives with the ‘whats next’ or ‘whats latest’ …?
And if we are, how is this going to play out, as we dream about this technological world. My guess is, unless we step up, as parents, to help monitor, filter and control some of this exposure, this is not a pretty picture. Family Filter is keen to see parents do just this – we want to encourage and empower them to take action. JOIN US!!!


Why recreate ‘a wheel’, when you already know ‘one’ that has travelled a great distance, experienced many types of ‘road surfaces’ and been to places that are sometimes both troubled and yet beautiful at the same time.

It’s time I started directing you to some amazing people who have some rich wisdom to share on so many topics that could possibly have bought you to this page … Today I want to call it ‘Smart Thinking!’

Collett Smart is a lady who I admire greatly, as she not only walks the walk with young people in this changing and progressive world, but put of this, she has provided us with some great resources to help us negate this journey of ‘parenthood’ and living as a healthy family in a sometimes, not so healthy world! Allow me to give you a few words / headings that will motivated you and direct you to her website of resources:

Parents are having much farther reaching effects than they know.
You are worth more than the sum total of your ‘likes’
Changing negative thinking patterns
How much time should our kids be on ‘screen’
Empowering parents to nurture Resilience in our kids
Supporting teens with depression
ADHD is still a 4 letter word.

These are some of Collett’s ‘features’ at this moment on her webpage.
DO visit it, as, after 20 years in the game, she is a well travelled ‘wheel’, worth connecting to!

Her website is

Take a look!


YouTube for schools


Ever wondered why schools use YouTube in the classroom? Videos can engage students and spark conversations! iBoss are working with to bring you ~ YouTube for schools. Take a look at this great little video.

To check out the website. Click here

The Parenting Place


A great New Zealand organisation with some super links and resources. Ian Grant, the Founder, is an amazing speaker if you ever get the opportunity to hear him! Watch this space as we are trying to bring him to Sydney 2014 to speak at the Annual Fusion Families’ Conference

Check out the Site

Online Bullying Quiz

Online bullying: identifying target, bully, and bystander behavior

As concerned parents, caregivers, and educators, it’s important to learn how to recognize when kids are involved in bullying online. We have a responsibility to talk with them about appropriate online use and the clear consequences for misuse.

First, take our quiz, which walks through five online-bullying scenarios, designed to help categorize whether the conduct is that of a bystander or an “upstander.” We then offer helpful tips on correcting negative and reinforcing positive behaviors.