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How to host a (practically) phone-free playdate

When other children are invited to your home, leaving them to their own devices can be a recipe for trouble. But here’s another consideration: Almost certainly, it’ll be a lot less fun.

 
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Worried about their screen-time? Here's the four things NOT to say

The way we talk to our kids about their online habits can help or hinder in the quest for digital wellbeing.

 
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Which is a bigger worry for parents: COVID or cyberbullying?

A new study shows twice as many of us worry more about online bullying than we do about COVID, the economy or crime.

 
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Why Fortnite has been crowned The King of Dopamine Hits

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. 

 
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In-game purchases on mum's credit card: How it happens, how to fix it

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.

 
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Are these disturbing games on your child's device?

“Your baby is too big! We should operate right now!”

 
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When to stress about their gaming - and when to relax

True gaming addiction is rare and extreme.

 
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'Dark patterns': The online scare tactics that target kids to pay up

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.

 
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Is there a gaming zombie at your house? Top tips for breaking the spell

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.

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