How the NBN is helping parents
For those of you who are fortunate enough to have grown up with the internet, or had it available when you had your children, think yourself very lucky. You have had the benefit of instant access to advice ranging from general parenting, pregnancy and birth, medical, child behaviour and even online forums allowing you to share colloquial advice from other parents! In fact, around 62% of Aussie parents believe they couldn’t live without the internet (with 76% saying the internet is an important part of their life) and 60% say that the internet has allowed them to make better parenting decisions.
Prior to the internet, parents that wanted advice had to either source and read a book, see their doctor or speak to their limited group of family and friends. If it was the middle of the night and your child suddenly developed a rash and fever, you had no choice but to either wait until morning to see a doctor, rush your little one to the hospital or call up your mum for advice. Often, a combination of the three occurred and you’d end up at the hospital (recommended by your mum, of course) with a baby who had a minor illness and were told to go home and see the doctor in the morning. How exhausting! These days, you can search an illness based on symptoms in minutes and make an informed decision based on that (assuming you use a reliable source). Of course, the advent of the NBN is only improving this ability and soon, we will be able to simply talk to a doctor via HD-video conferencing in real time, when something similar to the above occurs.
If we are able to gain advice, set up a Centrelink payment, order nappies and find a stay at home job on the internet now, just imagine what we’ll be able to do in years to come over the NBN enabled internet! Until then, we have compiled a helpful list of parenting sites to help you when you most need it:
Birth – a comprehensive pregnancy and birth site that allows you to source reliable advice, chat to other parents, share stories, calculate your due date and follow your pregnancy progression week to week.
Bubhub – this very popular site is a font of parenting advice, covering every stage of parenting from pre-birth to teens. The forum is highly populated and the shopping guides are excellent.
Careermums – looking to work from home while pregnant or find a new parent-friendly career after the birth of your bub? This is the place to find it!
Essentialbaby – The name says it all – this is the essential site for pregnancy, birth and parenting advice.
Family Assist – There’s no better place than the source to find out about payments and assistance for parents. The Australian Government Department of Human Services website allows you to apply for payments, log on and manage your Centrelink account and find out about Paid Parental Leave.
FoodStandards – It can be so confusing to know what you can and cannot eat during pregnancy (curse you, listeria!). This site makes your food choices during pregnancy easy. Also great for after bubs is born.
Healthdirect – So, you don’t want to call your mum at 2 am to ask about the inflamed looking lump on little Johnny’s ankle? Fear not, Health Direct’s 24-hour helpline is available to assist you! The site also offers a plethora of health and parenting information and is a ‘must-visit’ for every parent.
Kidspot – Another highly comprehensive community parenting site offering advice, reviews, news, recipes, product recommendations and more!
Nappyonline – want to save money on nappies or you’re just too exhausted to go out shopping after a night of worrying about little Johnny’s ankle lump? This is the site for you. Buy nappies and other baby items in bulk, the easy way.
Raising Children – Another ‘must-visit’ site for parents. This is the ultimate reliable site for advice throughout every stage of parenting.