Cyber Bullying | Parental Controls | Screen time | Mobile Apps | Excessive Device Usage | smartphone | first smartphone

The smartphone arms race - and how to win it

Peer pressure for smartphone ownership is happening at ever-earlier ages. You don't want to leave them out of the loop. But you also don't want to buy into the madness. How to steer that middle course?

 
Cyber Bullying | Parental Controls | Screen time | Mobile Apps | Excessive Device Usage | smartphone | phubbing
Got learning devices? Get 'em ready for back-to-school starting NOW

The start of a new school year is the perfect time to introduce boundaries and reinforce responsibilities around kids’ device use. But don’t wait til summer fun is over to start laying the groundwork. 

 
Cyber Bullying | Parental Controls | Screen time | Mobile Apps | Excessive Device Usage | smartphone | phubbing
How 'phubbing' hurts our relationships - and what to do about it

A growing body of research shows how the habit of looking at our phones - not the people around us - is affecting our relationships in subtle and unconscious ways.

 
Parental Controls | Screen time | smartphone | text neck
A heads-up on "text neck"

Australians spend more time looking at a screen than they do eating, commuting, exercising and getting ready for the day - combined. We spend more time on screens (averaging 9.4 hours daily) than we do sleeping (7.3 hours daily), according ...

 
Parental Controls | Screen time | christmas | school holidays | smartphone | FZ ONE
My 9-year-old wants a smartphone. We want to keep her safe. But how?

A couple of weeks ago, my nine-year-old launched a lobbying campaign to persuade her dad and me that she really, really, REALLY needed her own smartphone for Christmas. But we really, really, REALLY need to keep her safe.

 
Parental Controls | Screen time | christmas | school holidays | smartphone | FZ ONE
My 9-year-old wants a smartphone. Now what?

When my nine-year-old told me she was learning to write “persuasive text,” it never occurred to me she’d use her new skills to lobby for a smartphone.

 
Parental Controls | online predators | digital parenting | online chat | smartphone
Paying attention to screen-time and ADHD

If your teen is constantly online, it may simply be a sign of the times. But it might also be a red flag for deeper issues.

 
Parental Controls | online predators | digital parenting | online chat | smartphone
Monkey see, monkey doN'T!

A new video chat app invites kids to send 15-second videos to strangers. What could possibly go wrong?

 
Parental Controls | digital parenting | screen hygiene | smartphone | FOMO
Looking for an antidote to FOMO? Say hello to JOMO

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is so five minutes ago. Today, the cool kids are all excited about JOMO. Recently popularised by - of all people - the CEO of Google, JOMO is shorthand for the Joy of Missing Out.

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