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Social Media attention span multitasking

Our incredible shrinking attention spans

When’s the last time you read a book from cover to cover? Watched an entire movie without checking your phone or tablet? Put in a solid seven-hour working day uninterrupted by your Facebook feed? Had a phone conversation without scrolling through your inbox or doing a cheeky spot of Googling?

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Can we talk?

Experts are 100% in agreement on this one. The most effective “parental control tool” is open communication. But how, exactly? We've hunted down the top tips for getting it right - and school holidays is the perfect time to start.  

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Krunker has landed - and it's got our kids in the crosshairs

Move over Fortnite. There’s a new free-for-all game that’s blowing up in schools and homes all over Australia. Think Call of Duty-style first-person shooter with a Roblox-like aesthetic that anybody can play free in their browser, on almost any device - no downloads required.

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Alarm bells ringing for TikTok

Only a few weeks ago, the massively popular video-sharing app TikTok was hit by a whopping $5.7 fine for illegally harvesting the personal data of kids 13 and under.  

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Mental health crisis in primary years linked to screen-time, social media

Primary school kids as young as five are self-harming, acting out and suffering from mood disorders at unheard-of rates - and social media and smartphones are being identified as a major contributing factor.

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Does your inbox spark joy?

To be distracted is to be human. But in today’s digital world, the opportunities for distraction have exploded - while our capacity to deal with them seems to diminish by the day. 

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Print or ebook - when it's story-time for kids, does it really matter?

New research  published this month in the prestigious journal Pediatrics found a decisive answer to that question.

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Is social media really making us sad and stupid?

Does social media make people feel lonelier? Or do lonely people spend more time on social media?

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