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Three safe social messengers for kids

There are lots of good reasons mainstream social media platforms aren’t appropriate for kids under 13. But that doesn’t stop them wanting to connect with friends online.

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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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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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What kind of social media sucker are you? Take the quiz and find out!

Everybody loves a good Facebook quiz. You know, “Which Game of Thrones character are you?” Which Disney villain Is actually your alter-ego?” “What kind of pet were you in your past life?”

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Sexting under pressure: Everybody's doing it

Over half of young people don’t want to sext but do it anyway, putting themselves at risk for depression, anxiety and lowered self-esteem.

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Social Media attention span multitasking

Our incredible shrinking attention spans

When’s the last time you read a book from cover to cover? Watched an entire movie without checking your phone or tablet? Put in a solid seven-hour working day uninterrupted by your Facebook feed? Had a phone conversation without scrolling through your inbox or doing a cheeky spot of Googling?

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