Technology

Up-skill to Tech

Chemical Engineering graduate and mum of two, Julia Pye, worked in the food and beverage manufacturing industry for over 20 years, from product development to packaging design, process optimisation and operations management.  When Julia found out about SIGNAL ICT Grad School’s SHIFT programme based in …

Keep kids safe online

Get to grips with what’s happening online for your children, with these handy hints and tips from Netsafe. As young people use more digital technology, it’s crucial parents teach them about online safety. While there might be a gap between what your child knows about …

Addiction and the adolescent brain

DAVID GILLESPIE explains that, due to major changes in their brains, adolescents are particularly susceptible to addiction, and yet they have 24/7 access to highly addictive software that exploits this vulnerability. By KATE BARBER. Since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007, our kids have …

Choice App

The electricity sector has a significant role to play when it comes to how we take those big, positive steps towards a more sustainable society. This is especially true when it comes to carbon emissions. While New Zealand has hit its stride with renewables – …

Safety net

JOHN PARSONS, New Zealand’s leading authority on cyber safety for children, responds to fears around the impact of the Christchurch shootings and our kids’ exposure to distressing material on the internet. By Kate Barber. The Christchurch shootings, and in particular the images and commentary that …

A parent’s guide to Instagram

Learn more about Instagram and how you can help keep young people safe as they share their life in pictures. Although young people are often digitally savvy, they’re still developing. They may need your guidance on appropriate online behaviours and how to navigate challenges. Netsafe’s …

Avoiding tech tantrums

Kids love playing video games but the resulting “tech tantrums” can be anything but lovely! DEBORAH WARD looks at why online gaming can be addictive and how we can help our kids play without getting hooked. Online video games have never been so popular. More …

From health sector 
to new tech role

JESS WREN says transitioning to a tech role was made possible by the school friendly hours of SHIFT. Jess is a mum and qualified radiation therapist, who was looking to change her career direction. She completed SHIFT in 2018, an innovative one-year course to allow …