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Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

Is social media damaging our kids? Chances are you’ve worried about their presence on social media. Who are they talking to? What are they posting? Are they being bullied? Do they spend too much time on it? Do they realise their friends’ lives aren’t as good as they...

Tweens and social media: ‘I wish I was wearing a filter right now’

Tweens and social media: ‘I wish I was wearing a filter right now’

My new research investigated tweens and social media and the issues they face when engaging with social media platforms. It reveals that while children are aware of dangers such as online predators, what tweens are being taught by parents and schools may overlook the...

What’s the ‘right’ age for kids to get a phone?

What’s the ‘right’ age for kids to get a phone?

What's the right age for kids to get a phone? If it seems like all your friends have smartphones, you may be on to something. A report by Common Sense Media found that by the age of 11, more than half of kids in the US have their own smartphone. By age 12, more than...

The rise of the finsta to relieve the pressure of perfection

The rise of the finsta to relieve the pressure of perfection

Fake Instagram accounts, often referred to as a “finsta” or “spam account”, have become the norm for many teens – but their reasoning for creating these is not as sinister as you think. by Dr Joanne Orlando, Researcher: Technology and Learning, Western Sydney...

A Banishing Spell for teen witches by Fiona Horne

A Banishing Spell for teen witches by Fiona Horne

A banishing spell may be just what your teen needs to centre themselves and find a way through emotional upheaval. Fiona Horne is Australia’s best known and much-loved expert in the Art of Modern Witchcraft. She's recently released a book on witchcraft for teens. Teen...

TikTok and please stop

TikTok and please stop

My daughter can't stop doing TikTok moves. From breakfast until bedtime, she's on the move. Little sequences from Renegade, Say So, and Number One Baby. We've renamed it 'tic tok' because I swear it looks like she's got some strange physical tics. All the twitching...

5 types of mean online behaviour and what your kid can do about it

5 types of mean online behaviour and what your kid can do about it

There are many aspects of life on social media that can make a teen feel down. A lot it isn't systematic and ongoing, so it can't be classified as 'cyberbullying'. General 'mean online behaviour' is sadly rife across social media. While most teens report that...

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