A new study shows twice as many of us worry more about online bullying than we do about COVID, the economy or crime.
It’s a cultural phenomenon - and if you have a school-aged child, you’ve probably watched it unfold in miniature before your very eyes.
Together with his 12-year-old brother Brady, Fortnite fan Finn Gilbert, aged 10, racked up nearly US$1000 on in-game purchases before they - or their parents - realised what was happening.
“Your baby is too big! We should operate right now!”
True gaming addiction is rare and extreme.
Dark patterns are the techniques companies use online to hook customers - whether to sign up, prevent cancellation of subscriptions or fork over additional cash or personal info. And kids are being targeted directly.
When life itself becomes a brief and boring interlude between gaming sessions, it’s time for mum and dad to take action. But how? Experts say teaching kids how technology really works may be the most powerful intervention of all.
It’s understandable that we put the blame on ourselves - or on our kids. But the truth is, it’s not us.
So many of our children are online almost constantly. So it was only a matter of time before scammers homed in. That time has come.