Family Games & Technology
Katie Carlin For all those parents who complain their teenager spends too much time on their smart phone they might just be creating the most thoughtful Christmas present for the whole family you have ever seen.
Surprises always go down a treat with kids especially when it is a Nintendo 2DS. As I handed the gift to my daughter I knew it was going to be what my husband likes to call “a family favourite”.
AMBER ROBINSON When my son first put a Nintendo 3DS on his Santa list I had no idea what it meant. We have a gaming console at home, but as he explained, "you can take a 3DS with you".
Sim Sim Wissgott Sexual orientation, private debt, medical records, even your favourite ice cream flavour: do you know much of this personal information is out there and available for sale?
Cosima Marriner Police have described it as ''the No.1 social media problem involving teenagers'', but most parents would barely have heard of messaging app Kik before last week.
Melody McCabe If you haven't seen this picture on your Facebook feed yet, it is only a matter of time.
Josefa Pete New research reveals that children on YouTube are three clicks away from landing on disturbing adult content and while supervision is good there are other steps you can take to protect children from seeing this content.
Kyle Russell We've rounded up the best apps for keeping your kids engaged while providing valuable educational or creative content.
LUCY BATTERSBY Leading children's author Mem Fox finds it ''heartbreaking'' to see small children left alone with smartphones and tablets to entertain themselves.
Genevra Pittman Families should make a "media use plan" and set clear rules about TV, cell phones and other devices.
Lauren Smelcher Sams One teen magazine editor dissects Facebook's growing 'like for rate' trend.
Kate Hagan Time spent in front of screens affecting sleep of children as young as two, research shows.
Ashley Feinberg How you can lock down your Facebook privacy settings now that old posts are searchable.
Kasey Edwards Here's why you should't feel so guilty about it.
AAP A Canadian family is going viral with a novel idea. It has banned all technology that was made after 1986 as a way to get the young children to play outside more.
Dr Kate Highfield breaks down the confusion over screen time and the best types of apps for children to play on tablet and mobile devices.
Francesca Newby Every era has its own moral panic, and there’s no doubt in many minds that the peril stalking today’s children comes cloaked in the garb of social media but is it deserving of its bad reputation?
Staff writers A new interactive game hit our shelves yesterday and if you are a fan of the many colourful Disney and Pixar characters you will be just as excited as us to get your hands on one.
Nina Funell Teenagers are anonymously posting cruel remarks about themselves on social media.
Ruby Karp The social network is losing teens. I'm 13-years-old and I think I know why.
LUCY BATTERSBY Australian children will be spared the usual advertising scare tactics to protect them from online bullying and identity theft, when a new internet safety campaign hits their inboxes and Facebook newsfeeds from this week.
Cosima Marriner Where once a teenage girl would scrutinise herself in her bedroom mirror wondering if she was pretty, now she only has to post a selfie online and the whole world will tell her. Social media the mirror that talks back, US academics say.
Katrina Whelen Apple introduces a Kids category to the App Store that will make parents' lives that little bit easier - the only thing we need now is a ban on in-app purchases.
Sandy Smith Parents who share too much information on social media could be risking their child's safety as well as alienating their friends.
Emma Macdonald It's a case of believe it or not for parents of teenaged children. An Australian study has found kids love spending time with their mother and father more than their best friend on Facebook or Instagram.
Amanda Hess Facebook is the living dead: the most popular, least relevant social network where people gather out of fear of missing out on things that don't even make them happy.
Justin Jouvenal Some parents and rights groups are calling for a new law that would distinguish sexting from child pornography.
Michelle Maltais Although our family encourages sharing, Apple really doesn't when it comes to its devices.
Camille Bautista Five-year-old Danny Kitchen accidentally racked up more than $2500 in add-on purchases on the family iPad.
Jenneth Orantia Simple account safeguards and a sound method of letting older children spend their pocket money can stop little ones purchasing big on mobile devices - whether inadvertently or deliberately.
SARAH MACDONALD Pathologising technology is 'clearly stupid', but how much is too much?
Staff writers Watch Argo and all the other Oscar nominated films re-enacted by adorable and hilarious children.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN Digital freedom comes responsibility, so let's take a look at the ways you can work with your child to keep them safe online and offline.
Alex Kidman Sony and Microsoft are preparing their next generation of consoles, with plenty of online speculation as to what you'll be doing with the next generation of games.
DEBORAH GOUGH Parents who buy into their children's online disputes can continue the tirade long after their children have made up, warn bullying experts.
You don't need to be a grown-up to have the drive to innovate. Jenneth Orantia talks to three young app creators making digital waves.
Adam Turner As students head back to school, it's time to look for a notebook that won't break your back or your budget.
Jessica Wright The federal government's scheme providing high school students with laptop computers is on the brink of collapse, leaving parents with hefty bills and educators with a chaotic start to the school year.
The original Toy Story movie has been brought to life in this fan-made tribute film that uses live-action and stop-motion animation to recreate the family favourite.
Blogger Janell Burley Hofmann found fame in the US when she gave a her son Gregory an iPhone for Christmas. It came with a few conditions ... 18 to be precise.
ASHER MOSES Hundreds of the most popular children's smartphone and tablet apps are collecting or sharing personal information - including geolocation, phone numbers and device identification - with third parties, without notifying parents or asking for permission.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN If you're breaking out in hives at the thought of spending summer trapped indoors, we have some great technology suggestions that will keep your kids entertained AND get them out of the house.
Young people think the penalties for sexting and cyber bullying are too harsh, a survey has found.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN When you're planning your Christmas shenanigans this year please, for the love of the light in your child's eyes, take this list with you.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN Apple’s long-awaited announcement of the iPad Mini is here but is this year’s Christmas ‘must have’ really a good choice for our Gen Zs?
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN It’s true that the online world can be a dangerous one for kids, but banning social media all together is not the only option.
Sam Grobart Unlike R-rated movies or a learner's permit, there are no clear rules that dictate when a child can or should have a phone.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN It seems that the grown-ups are not the only ones who have caught the blogging bug with children as young as seven joining the blogosphere.
A nine-year-old blogger has won a food fight with authorities in her Scottish town, after an online outcry prompted officials to lift a ban on posting photos of her school lunches.
Child sex offenders are posing as children on social networking and gaming sites to lure in their victims, Queensland police have warned after making seven arrests involving child porn.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN After losing her daughter one too many times under an ever increasing pile of books Anna Spargo-Ryan decided it was time to invest in an eBook reader but with so many options which was the best? Here is what she found out.
Facebook testing ways to allow under 13s on the site without them needing to lie.
Staff writers with Agencies Are you constantly battling your child for your share of time on the family iPad? There are fears that all this time spent on the in-demand device and not enough outside exercising could leave children nearsighted.
Adele Horin Children addicted to video games are more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and social phobias.
Warren Buckleitner Here are a dozen apps for all those well-behaved kids who got an iPad or iPod Touch for the holidays.
Sarah Napthali I confess, I was one of the zillions of well-intentioned mothers who would never allow her sons to wield toy guns. Yet faced with their passion for gun play and research suggesting this was normal, I eventually surrendered. Soon enough, the sounds of ''POW POW'' began to feel normal, innocent even.
Alexandra Smith NILOOFAR VEISZADEH is only eight but she uses the internet every day, accessing a range of sites from her own laptop.
NIck Broughall Whether it’s an educational app or a digital book, an interactive game or a streaming TV service, there are a huge number of apps available for kids to experience on the App Store.
Nick Broughall Something about the large, 3.5-inch screen and simple interactive controls of the iPhone makes it a magnet for toddlers’ sticky fingers. As parents all around the world have discovered, Apple’s smartphone isn’t just a useful tool for adults, but a handy toy for kids of all ages.
Nick Broughall Gadgets are not just for adults these days. From an early age, kids are getting more accustomed to the idea of using high tech (and low tech) devices.