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YouTube paedophile investigation deepens

10-year-old Chrissy and her BFF Ella (not their real names) loved splashing around in the backyard pool. They also loved having a YouTube channel. And they really loved it when they saw their latest video of themselves had racked up 400,000 views.

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My Sunday social media detox

Recently I came across a guy called Tony Laulu and his organisation Digital Discipline. (OK, I admit it - I found him on Facebook!)

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Screen-time and sleep: It's an eye-opener

You’ve fetched the fuzzy slippers. You’ve laid out the flannel jammies. You’ve warmed up the Milo. But if you really want to set your child up for a good night’s sleep, there’s one more bedtime accessory you might need to consider.

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All screen-time really IS created equal ... ish

While some recent research condemns the category “screen-time” as too broad  to be meaningful, the World Health Organisation begs to differ. Its new guidelines, released late last month, recommend strict screen-time limits for children under five - no matter what they’re viewing or how they’re viewing it in.

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The 7 secrets of great digital parenting

A generation ago, “parenting” wasn’t even a word. (Back then, people simply “raised” kids, like crops or livestock.)

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Do we need to scrap the whole notion of "screen-time"?

Some recent research condemns the category “screen-time” as too broad and ill-defined to be meaningful. The World Health Organisation begs to differ. Its new guidelines, released late last month, recommend strict screen-time limits for children - no matter what they’re viewing or how they’re viewing it in.

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Hide It Pro: A decoy app to look out for

A decoy app is a sneaky on-device tool that lets anybody hide secret photos,  videos and messages, under the cover of an innocent-looking icon. Hide It Pro is one of the most popular - and easiest for parents to spot.

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