Kristy Goodwin

Honorary Associate Macquarie University

Dr Kristy Goodwin is known for her straight forward approach about promoting healthy social media use. She notes that, like any technology, “social media has benefits and pitfalls – it’s just a tool. Introduce it to kids too early, or allow them to use it too much, or inappropriately and there are potential dangers and risks to their wellbeing. However, introduce when kids have the social and emotional skills to use it effectively, teach them how to be masters of the media (and not slaves to the screen) and it can be an empowering tool”. As a researcher, writer and speaker, Kristy has spent 14 years studying how young minds process all the stimulation they’re exposed to in the digital world they have inherited.

Honorary Associate at Macquarie University at the Institute of Early Childhood, Kristy has worked as a primary school and early childhood teacher, being awarded a NSW Quality Teaching Award (2004) and an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship for her doctoral studies at Macquarie University (2007).  Her PhD focussed on the impact of digital technologies on young children’s learning.

Dr Kristy Goodwin’s keynote will focus on Technology and Testosterone

Goodwin, K. (2016). Raising your child in a digital world: Finding a healthy balance of time online without techno tantrums and conflict. Sydney, Finch.