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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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Is screen-time literally shrinking your child's brain?

Are three hours a day on screens damaging your child’s brain? How about six hours a day? And what if they’re online pretty well constantly?

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Taming the square-eyed monster: Holiday screen-time survival tips

The long lazy days of summer holidays are just around the corner. Don’t let screen-time battles get in the way of your kids’ good times - or yours either ;)

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My 9-year-old wants a smartphone. We want to keep her safe. But how?

A couple of weeks ago, my nine-year-old launched a lobbying campaign to persuade her dad and me that she really, really, REALLY needed her own smartphone for Christmas. But we really, really, REALLY need to keep her safe.

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My 9-year-old wants a smartphone. Now what?

When my nine-year-old told me she was learning to write “persuasive text,” it never occurred to me she’d use her new skills to lobby for a smartphone.

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Buying a device for Christmas? Experts recommend 5 things to consider FIRST

This holiday season, many kids have only a single item on their wishlist: a new device. But buying a smartphone, tablet or laptop is a big decision for parents. How can you be sure you're making the right one?

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There's no such thing as a free app

They may not come with an upfront cost, but those “free” games may be profiting from your child’s personal data, selling it to the highest bidder in an increasingly cut-throat digital marketplace.

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Your school holidays screen-time contract

For kids and parents alike, school holiday time is all about freedom. Freedom from rules and routines. Freedom the tyranny of the clock and the uniform and the packed school lunch.

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