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Good fun - or gaming disorder?

“Gaming Disorder” has just moved up a level. Over industry objections, the World Health Organisation has now designated it a bona fide mental health disease. What are the signs your child is at risk? Members of the UN’s health agency voted last weekend to approve the change as part of updates to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). It cautioned that gaming ...

 
Parental Controls | youtube | online predators
YouTube paedophile investigation deepens

10-year-old Chrissy and her BFF Ella (not their real names) loved splashing around in the backyard pool. They also loved having a YouTube channel. And they really loved it when they saw their latest video of themselves had racked up ...

 
Parental Controls | online safety | Social Media
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. The good news is there are some great options for safe social sharing ...

 
Cyber Safety | kids games | kids gambling | gaming apps | gambling apps | online gambling | Cyber Experts | online gaming
7 Surprising Apps Kids Can Use to Chat with Friends

Built-in chat can easily turn everything from Google Docs to Roblox, in to a social media platform You may be fine with your kid doing a little online socialising. But what if they're chatting on sites and in apps that never occurred to ...

 
Screen time | Cyber Safety | digital parenting | distraction | technoference
Play with me, not with your phone!

“I hate my mum’s phone and I wish she never had one!” Think your kids spend too much time stuck to a screen? They may feel exactly the same way about you. Take 7-year-old Emil Rustige of Hamburg, Germany, who last year organised a ...

 
Screen time | Cyber Safety | digital parenting | privacy
FaceApp facing privacy backlash

It’s more or less a digital party trick: an app that uses artificial intelligence to produce plausible alterations to facial characteristics - either ageing subjects’ images or making them appear younger. But ever since the age filter on ...

 
Screen time | Cyber Safety | online predators | digital parenting | privacy
More and younger Aussie kids targeted by predators in 2019

Twenty-six Aussie kids have been rescued from internet sex predators in the past year, some younger than age five, according to official figures released this month.  The Australian Federal Police received almost 4000 reports of online ...

 
Parental Controls | Mobile Apps | Cyber Safety | teens on social media
Can we talk? 100 questions your teen might actually answer

How was school today? Good. What did you do? Not much. Sound familiar? They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Yet how many of us ask our teens exactly the same questions, ...

 
Parents in denial about kids' true screen-time

The average parent underestimates their child’s smartphone screen-time by more than 250%, according to a new survey. It also found that most parents never check their kids’ devices. The average child with a smartphone spends three and a ...

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