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Happy Unboxing Day! Why kids love watching other kids open toys

Scratch your head all you like, but there’s no denying the hypnotic power of the unboxing YouTube video for a generation of digital children. Experts explain - or try to!

 
Parental Controls | Screen time | Mobile Apps | christmas | school holidays | working families
Retrain your brain - and theirs - to read deeply

Do you find you skim where you used to, well, read?  Welcome to the club. Reading in the age of social media has retrained our brains - and our attention spans - to take text in snack-sized bites. But the good news is, you can increase ...

 
Parental Controls | Screen time | Mobile Apps | christmas | school holidays | working families
Preventing screen-time blowout: A holiday guide for working families

When both parents are working over the holidays, how the heck are you supposed to manage screen-time?

 
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We know what they did last summer - do you?

Last year's summer holidays posed big dangers for kids online. Even when they didn’t go looking for trouble, Family Zone figures show, trouble came looking for them. This year’s numbers are expected to go even higher.

 
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.

 
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Buying a device for Christmas? Experts recommend 5 things to consider FIRST

This holiday season, many kids have only a single item on their wishlist: a new device. But buying a smartphone, tablet or laptop is a big decision for parents. How can you be sure you're making the right one?

 
Cyber Safety | Gaming | christmas | elfontheshelf
Christmas Apps plus Elf on the Shelf

A little review on Santa's little helper in time for Christmas and the School Holidays This week one of our resident Mums at Family Zone,  Jess,  has reviewed Elf on the Shelf and a few other super fun game apps for your kids to play ...

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