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The 12 days of [Screen-free] Christmas

Technology is awesome, and we wouldn’t want to live without it … but too much of a good thing can suck the fun right out of family life, especially at holiday time. To help keep things jolly and bright all season long, here are 12 left-of-centre ideas for taking the troops off-grid.

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Cyber Bullying Cyber Experts

How you can help protect your kids from cyber bullies

There have always been bullies. but how has the typical bully changed since we were kids?

Long before technology became such a prevalent part of daily life, there were bullies. People who prey on those weaker than them to convey to their peer group that they’re stronger, smarter or better than others. They’re insecure within themselves and they feel the need to make someone else feel the way they do.  The psychology behind bullying hasn't really changed. The medium used to act out this behaviour has, and with this, the profile of a typical bully has also changed.

If you'd like to keep up to date on cyber safety advice and app reviews, subscribe to our free monthly newsletter using the link (above right on desktop, below article on mobile). 

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Back to School routines to keep everyone smiling

now The kids are back at school, here are some handy hints on settling them into a screen routine 

In her latest blog, our Education Manager and mother of two Jess shares her experiences on screen routines. If you'd like to keep up to date on cyber safety advice and app reviews, subscribe to our free monthly newsletter using the link (above right on desktop, below article on mobile). 

During the school holidays, my kids seemed to be staying up later and later, and with this came more screen time before bed. But now our little treasures have gone back to school it is time to ensure they are getting back into their good habits and routines.  This includes getting all their homework done, in bed on time and getting enough quality sleep.

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Top 5 key cyber safety issues this school year

A back to school refresher for parents on the most common online risks faced by kids

As the new school year begins, along with reading, writing and arithmetic, these days it’s also important to have a refresher of prevalent cyber safety issues that impact our kids. In particular, for parents of a child entering high school for the first time. We’ve outlined the Top 5 cyber safety issues for parents to be mindful of.

Family Zone's experts make it their mission to review constantly changing apps and risks. Want to stay ahead of what apps your kids are using? Subscribe to our FREE monthly cyber safety newsletter (see the link, top right on desktop or bottom of article on mobile).

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Kids under 8yo spend 65% of their online time on YouTube

the numbers are in for the Most frequently blocked platforms for 2016 by age group.

How much time does the average 14yo spend on Snapchat? Or an 8yo spend watching YouTube videos? We’ve reviewed our data to bring you the 2016 Connected Kids: Social Media Snapshot.

We took a look at the apps parents most commonly choose to block on Family Zone, listed in the table below. We then looked at during the times of day parents allow child access to these apps - for example, 'reward' hours - what proportion of online time kids spent on each. 

Family Zone's experts make it their mission to review constantly changing apps and risks. Want to stay ahead of what apps your kids are using? Subscribe to our FREE monthly cyber safety newsletter (see the link, top right on desktop or below article on mobile).

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5 apps to kick start 2017 as a family

Got a New Year's resolution for your family? There's an app for that!

Keeping New Year’s resolutions for ourselves can be difficult, but keeping those we’ve made for our families is even tougher.  At Family Zone, we feel your pain so we’ve scoured the app store for the top apps we believe will help families keep some of their New Year’s resolutions in 2017 and evermore.

Family Zone's experts make it their mission to review constantly changing apps and risks. Want to stay ahead of what apps your kids are using? Subscribe to our FREE monthly cyber safety newsletter (see the link, top right on desktop or bottom of article on mobile).

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