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Sharenting: Do You Share Too Much About Your Children On Social Media?

As a pediatrician, I get questions from parents almost weekly about how to monitor and moderate their children’s screen time, especially their use of social media. Parents want their kids to spend less time on their phones and more time connecting in real life. However, parents don’t seem as concerned about their own use of [...]

Escalating Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can feel overwhelming to young people, parents and professionals, and it’s common to feel helpless or like there’s nothing in your control to deal with the situation. It can be difficult to know when to seek help, and who to get help from. So let’s take a step-by-step look at when and how to [...]

Cyberbullies Come Out to Play in the School Holidays

As schools break up for the year, police and experts have warned parents to be on guard for cyber bullying, which spikes during the holidays. Police regularly witness an increase in cyber bullying among children when they're off school. "During school holidays kids have more access to, and more time with, the technology," NSW Police Acting [...]

Science Shows That Social Media Is Good For You…Until It Isn’t

Flickr Images Even as we are addicted to checking our Facebook or Twitter feeds and compulsively respond to the familiar ding of new email, we worry about its negative impacts. Cyber bullying, sexting, and victimisation occur. We are bombarded with images of friends who seemingly lead lives far more glamorous than our own. [...]

Do Screens Make Psychotic Adults?

Flickr Images Do your work responsibilities and recreational choices involve a lot of computer use? Are you in the habit of updating social media through the day? Are you finding it weirdly difficult to concentrate on this paragraph? If the answer to all three questions was in the affirmative, this might not be [...]

Children’s Screen Time Doesn’t Have to Be Scream Time

Pixabay Images Parents have been struggling to contain their child's technology use to the recommended screen limit of two-hours-a-day. With schoolwork, homework, communication, social media and fun, that limit doesn't acknowledge our new reality. But the American Academy of Pediatricians's new guidelines acknowledge the dramatic change in our device use and the need for children to use technology [...]

Don’t Feed The Trolls Is Really Good Advice – Here’s Why

Darren Woodward/Shutterstock Images Almost half the population of the planet now has access to the internet, with about one in three of those people regularly active on social media. But this increased opportunity to socialise and communicate in a virtual environment has offered new avenues for antisocial behaviour. The problem of cyberbullying has [...]

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Online Grooming Of Children ‘Alarmingly Fast’, Researchers Find

Flickr Images Online groomers rarely pose as children and can succeed in persuading a child to meet in less than half an hour, according to researchers probing the way in which sexual predators target victims online. The UK-based research team behind the findings say they hope to overturn common misconceptions about how online [...]

Teenagers Are Unhappy As Ever – Is Social Media The Culprit?

Mkhmarketing Images According to a new study done by ChildLine, a child counseling group, today’s children are dealing with new pressures that stem from social media. When the organization first launched 30 years ago, they found that children were most worried about sexual abuse and family planning problems, however these days, ChildLine has [...]

The Secret Life Of Teenage Boys

PhotoPin Images   There are things he's seen on the internet that have disturbed and upset him. But none of it is porn. "My friend showed me something on his phone." Bühre is obviously so uncomfortable about what he saw in the video that it takes him several seconds to explain to me [...]