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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 successful public protest around the slogan “Play with ME, not with your cell phones.”  In Manchester, community leaders observed “unbelievable ...

 
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 | Screen time | Mobile Apps | Cyber Safety | smartphones | digital parenting
Where is the instruction book?! Talking to my teen about digital risks

Recently my 15-year-old son asked me what I thought was a simple question: “Can I stay with some mates for the weekend out in the country?” The occasion was a friend’s birthday - and fair enough too. But I hesitated. One problem was I ...

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