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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 teen safety

"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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Screen time Mobile Apps

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 smartphones

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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Mobile Apps online gaming

Is your child hooked on Fortnite: Battle Royale? Here's what you need to know

It’s been called Hunger Games meets Call of Duty. So it’s little wonder that, upon its release as a free download in 2018, Fortnite: Battle Royale has blown away its competitors to become one of the most popular games on earth - praised and criticised in equal measure for its addictive qualities by both kids and adults.

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Screen time Social Media

Make Facebook safe again


A raft of recent scandals has called into question Facebook’s commitment to user privacy. But while the platform plays Whack-a-Mole with allegations of unethical data harvesting, what’s a user to do?

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Screen time Social Media

Why Am I Sharing This?


With online privacy on everybody’s minds these days - thank you, Mr. Zuckerberg - what better time for parents to consider the consequences of what experts are calling “oversharenting”?

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