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Mobile Apps teens on social media

Social media and depression: A relationship status update

Sometimes it seems there’s another distressing headline about social media every time you check your newsfeed.

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Mobile Apps teens on social media

Worried about social media? Your child may be too

Does it sometimes seem like your child spends every waking moment online?  It could be because she is.

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Mobile Apps literacy

How children learn: A tale of three media

Once upon a time, when the internet was just a twinkle in the eye of the US Department of Defense and a tablet was something you took for a headache, prophetic Canadian critic Marshall McLuhan announced that “the medium is the message.”

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Mobile Apps teen safety

Snapchat does it again. Now it's a porn channel inviting kids to "take your sex life to the next level"

A new X-rated channel that asks the question “Can we turn your phone into the best sex toy ever?” launched last week on social media app Snapchat - and it’s impossible for parents to turn it off.

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Mobile Apps netflix

"13 Reasons Why, Season 2": 13 things to think about if your kids want to watch

It was last season’s teen TV phenomenon: a 13-part series exploring the fictional story-behind-the-story of a teenage suicide. Kids couldn’t get enough of it. Adults were outraged. In both cases, there were plenty of reasons why.

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Mobile Apps Screen time

Tech-savvy kid - or techno-brat? The warning signs parents need to watch for

Parents can be rightfully proud of their tech-savvy little ones, who have often learned to swipe before they can speak. But where’s the line between healthy and balanced digital kids - and full-blown techno-brats?

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Mobile Apps sexting

"Porn pressure" leading to sexting as early as Year 7

Kids are now sharing naked photos online as young as 11 and 12 - and so-called “porn pressure” is a likely reason why, say experts.

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Mobile Apps unlimited data

Buying an unlimited data plan for your child? Get set for unlimited distraction

No-limits data plans may be a boon for Australian consumers. But the move could put students at risk, freeing them from reliance on protected school networks to go free-range on their own data.

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