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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 Fortnite and other video games

How to set boundaries on Fortnite and other video games

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

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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Party game: cool-fun backyard photo scavenger hunt

Party game: cool-fun backyard photo scavenger hunt

My kids have always adored a scavenger hunt, no matter how old they are. My friend Ella gave me the idea for this photo scavenger hunt and it's been a real hit. This photo scavenger hunt is fantastic fun at a party, but you could play this game anytime,...

Help! My Kid is a Gamer! – so what happens next?

Help! My Kid is a Gamer! – so what happens next?

This year, more than any other, gaming has been a constant companion for some kids. The increased time spent online playing games and socialising in digital spaces can be confronting for parents who hate not understanding what their kids are up to. It's tempting to...

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