Go ask Google

If you want help then don’t fear, it can be found with the simple click of the computer keys. You can access online shopping, counselling, news, teaching, advice and even a church service.

And what parent hasn’t responded to a child’s request for help with “Go ask google”.

But the simplicity of access doesn’t necessarily correlate with quality. On more than one occasion I have taken info sites as gospel only to later discover that the ‘facts’ were completely erroneous. Which is even more embarrassing to reflect on when I know I then shared that information with others.

Perhaps this acts as a metaphor for life.

There are times when we all need help but it remains our responsibility to ensure the sources we choose are reliable, accurate and share our values. And that we teach our children to do the same. This is one of the adjustments of the technology age – not a reason to run for cover – but it is a reason to practice diligence and wisdom.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.