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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...

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

We need to start talking to tweens about the risks of porn

The risks of porn on our tweens and teens is far greater than most parents realise. Today teenagers are viewing far more pornography than their parents realise. And the porn they’re watching is much more “hardcore” than mums and dads could possibly imagine. These were...

Managing screen time is about more than setting limits

Managing screen time is about more than setting limits

In today’s media-rich world (or media-saturated, depending on your view), you rarely have to look far to find parents concerned about their kids' use of technology. Recently, managing screen time seems to be on everyone’s mind – particularly during school holidays...

13 Reasons Why Season 2 review: What parents need to know

13 Reasons Why Season 2 review: What parents need to know

13 Reasons Why Season 2 was certain to incite debate. Season 1 provided considerable discussion about the graphic depiction of suicide, in addition to a range of associated issues including social exclusion, bullying, regrettable behaviours, alcohol and other drug...

How to set boundaries on video games and screens in general

How to set boundaries on video games and screens in general

There's a lot of talk in the media about 'gaming addiction', spurred on by games like Fortnite. Kids are stealing credit cards,  screaming like toddlers, wetting themselves and failing school. Schools are issuing warnings, people are worried about...

12 apps that will give you a happiness boost

12 apps that will give you a happiness boost

We know we use screens too much and everyone I know is trying to cut down on their kids' screen time. With good reason: too much screen time decreases our productivity and interferes with relationships. But rather than labour beneath the guilt of 'I should' or 'I...

A mum’s guide to Fortnite by a teenage boy

A mum’s guide to Fortnite by a teenage boy

We asked a 16-year-old friend to write this guide to Fortnite. We wanted to show the game from a teen's perspective. There's a lot of fear-mongering out there about this game, which we hope this guide to Fortnite helps put into perspective. You can find a useful guide...

16 really good podcasts for tweens

16 really good podcasts for tweens

We want the kids to be on screens less, right? Well, these podcasts for tweens should do the trick. The beauty of a podcast is that you can listen while simultaneously doing something else. I like to listen to podcasts when I drive, but I'm pretty sure your tween...

Our strategy and rules for screen time for teens

Our strategy and rules for screen time for teens

Setting screen time for teens is no easy task. We spend a good portion of our kids' early years steering them away from technology. There's a lot of research suggesting that kids 0-2 years of age shouldn't have screens at all and older children's time on screens...

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It’s about to get a whole lot harder for kids to vape

It’s about to get a whole lot harder for kids to vape

Great news! A decision made by the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) means that from next month, it's going to be much harder for kids to vape. From 1 October it will be illegal to import e-cigarettes into Australia without a prescription. Which means that,...

21 ways to make time for each other

21 ways to make time for each other

It's R U OK? Day today. A great opportunity to reach out to those near and far and say "I see you, how do you feel today?" And a reminder to keep doing that each and every day, not just once a year when the charity so thoughtfully reminds us. It shouldn't take a...

Tropical banana Nutella pancakes for Saturday breakfast

Tropical banana Nutella pancakes for Saturday breakfast

You know what makes me happy? Nutella pancakes. And you know what makes me extra happy? Banana pancakes smothered in a thick layer of Nutella and sprinkled with passionfruit and toasted coconut. Doesn't that sound like the perfect way to kick off a weekend? Saturday...

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