Family Games & Technology
Karen Andrews The school and work year has resumed – and probably doesn't feel like it stopped all that long ago! If you want to start off 2015 by keeping on top of daily chores more efficiently or keeping important information just a click away, then these apps will help. I know because they help me. Let's take a closer look.
Michael Liedtke YouTube wants to help parents control what their kids are watching on the internet.
Nick Bilton When you break it down, there are essentially three social media doors that you can unlock for a child. The hard part is knowing at what age you unlock each door.
Donna Leinwand Leger Death may take your body, but it doesn't have to extinguish your online persona.
Isobel Ewing A six-year-old New Zealand boy with a new mobile phone has been receiving text messages intended for a prostitute.
Gabe McGrath Parents in Taiwan can be fined up to $2000 if their children spend too much time in front of the screen, but how would Aussie parents fare under such laws?
The French Monopoly makers have created a handful of special boards which contain real money.
Mary Ward Here's what you need to know to keep your kids safe when they're using Instagram.
Mary Ward Fashion Dads is the Instagram account you need to follow - more for laughs than fashion advice.
Alison Bradshaw Could your family go television-free? Here, one mum tells you why she was the most unlikely to take on such a challenge, but now that she has, she's never looked back.
Shaza Barbar Monash University has launched an educational app for children aged 8 to 12 designed to better engage students in their learning and improve literacy skills.
A 13-year-old girl from Fife in Scotland is at the centre of a paedophile probe after contacting around 200 men online and exchanging indecent images
Michelle Quinn My son knows he's getting a used iPhone for his 12th birthday. He's also getting a contract from his parents with rules, conditions and consequences - here's why.
So-called "sexting" without consent is now an offence in Victoria.
Kerri Sackville Passing laws that hold website and app creators to account for the actions of the user won't stop cyberbullying.
Snapchat and other "smaller" social media firms will not fall under the legal scope of the federal government's crackdown on cyberbullying.
Rachel Olding The police and government are issuing harsh warnings to young Australian drivers for taking part in a dangerous craze of taking "selfies" while behind the wheel.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai A 10-year-old girl from the Philippines, nicknamed Sweetie, has helped authorities convict one Australian on child pornography charges. But Sweetie isn't real — she's a virtual digital avatar created to lure predators as part of a global sting operation.
Judith Newman For a long time many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one. Only she's not entirely imaginary.
Caitlin Dewey Since children are the future, and no one over 21 really knows what they find "cool," researchers have devoted many, many surveys to the exact quantification of what it is teens do online.
Allison Slater Tate Is this the trickiest parenting challenge you face as a Gen Xer? This mother believes so and here is why.
Matthew Knott The federal government is considering fining social media sites over cyber bullying in an effort to protect young people.
Hannah Francis Two teenage school girls are tackling sexism in the gaming industry with their own video game that features tampons instead of weapons.
Dennis Green Kids these days - they're just obsessed with taking selfies.
Katie Cincotta A young Dr Who fan is regenerating an old character.
Kristie Bradfield How honest are you about your life on social media? Why we fake it and the real impact it has on other struggling parents.
Rosa Prince A mother who became frustrated by her teenager's failure to answer her calls has created an app that disables youngsters' phones if they refuse to respond.
Karissa Bell After months of hype, Humin, the free app that promised to completely rethink the traditional phone and contacts app, has finally rolled out to Apple's app store.
Tim Biggs REVIEW: Micromon is the first successful attempt at bringing a Pokemon clone to mobile devices.
Chelsea Stark The next entry in the Skylanders franchise, which brings plastic toys to life in video game form, will also be playable on tablets when the game is released this holiday season.
Catherine Rodie A new study from Oxford University has found that playing a video game for a short amount of time could have a positive impact on children.
Jo Hartley Is wagging school about to become a thing of the past? A new app is helping parents and schools monitor the whereabouts of their students.
Neha Prakash The Fine Bros. sat down with a gaggle of precocious children of the 21st century to teach them about typewriters for the YouTube channel's "Kids React" series.
Adam Ewing If you're wondering why a preschool science app is eating your iPhone battery, you probably have Toca Boca to thank.
Esther Han Children admit to creating fake social media accounts and fudging browser histories in an attempt to keep parents in the dark about their online activities, a new report finds.
Phillip Heath Protecting our children from cyber bullying should begin at home and in the classroom.
Catherine Rodie As parents grapple with questions such as "is my child having too much screen time?" and "should my child own their own smart phone?" experts are warning that we are becoming a generation of hypocrites.
Karen Andews Travelling with your kids can be a stressful time but it can be made a whole lot easier with these six essential apps.
Kerri Sackville The online world can be a confronting and distressing place especially when images that should be kept off social media find their way into our newsfeed.
Selina Wang With smartwatches drawing lukewarm interest from most consumers, some technology companies are trying a fresh approach: market them to kids.
Sarah Macdonald Life with a child is a triumph of hope and a tonne of struggle. Celebrate while you can.
Alison Bradshaw What would our children really be losing if we replaced all books with digital versions in schools and the library became a thing of the past?
Catherine Rodie Google have launched a new program aimed at getting girls interested in computer science but there is one problem.
Catherine Rodie Could texting and auto-correct be having an impact on the way children write and spell?
Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids With all this 'friending' and 'following' has social media eroded the traditional boundaries between the generations, and does this undermine our ability to parent?
Anna Washenko The current trend in multiplayer games is to focus on online experiences, but sometimes you just want to crash on the couch with your favorite people for some co-op play.
Rachel Clun Getting children interested in nutrition can be tricky, but thanks to a new Fart Code app kids will be begging you to learn more before every meal.
Karen Andrews If you always feel like you are struggling to keep on top of all you have to get done in a day here are several apps that will make your life that little bit easier.
Amber Robinson This spoken word video piece about the moments we miss while using our smartphones delivers a powerful message but is it really as bad as we are led to believe?
Cosima Marriner Anxious parents are using technology to monitor every movement their children make, hoping to keep them safe while giving them a semblance of independence, but for a child to develop a sense of independence they need to feel trusted and for their parents to have confidence in them.
Maggie Dent Sometimes, enforcing balance might make you feel like you’re being a mean parent. But it's important we try to get the balance of gaming and real-life right.
Jamie Krug There has been so much put out in the world lately about how the future will look for our children, now growing up in the age of Instagram, Snapchat, YikYak, and Tinder.
Livia Gamble Have you ever had your bank account unknowingly drained by your child? No Problem. Apple is now offering refunds to customers on in app purchases.
Brett Molina A five-year-old boy has helped Microsoft discover a security flaw on its Xbox One game console.
Karen Andrews Here are some of your favourite board games that have been transformed into apps.
Dave O'Neil By using a smart device as a tool to keep the kids quiet we are "spawning a generation of children with dulled brains and negligible social skills." Children should get bored and they should learn how to deal with their boredom, writes Dave O'Neil.
Rachel Browne Proud parents could be unwittingly putting their children at risk by posting images and information online which give away personal details such as where they go to school and which parks they frequent.
Livia Gamble While a lot of focus has been on the effects of the “digital playground” on children, a new study found the use of smart phones are causing parents to ignore their kids.
Matthew Hall Coding and computer science is a fundamental skill that should be taught to children as young as five, according to a start-up team developing programmable toy robots for kids.