Family Games & Technology
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.
Karen Andrews We review five of the best new apps for primary school aged kids.
Michaela Whitbourn A NSW school teacher has made legal history with the first Twitter defamation battle to proceed to a full trial in Australia.
LIVIA GAMBLE A new survey finds Australian children are surfing the web and streaming online content without adult supervision.
Emily Bazelon The release of a new tablet game called IF has been designed to help children manage their emotions, cope with stress and conflict, even deal with bullies.
KATIE CARLIN We hope you’re not already feeling particularly old today because these modern-day kids’ reactions to a phone we all used to use will take you there.
Emily Bazelon An American academic argues that parents need to loosen the reins when it comes to their kids' online lives.
Nick Abrahams As a parent if you don't know your planking from your owling, then today is the day to get up to speed with all things internet.
BIANCA WORDLEY If you have school-aged kids and haven’t heard of geocaching then this post is for you. It’s one of our family’s favourite hobbies. I mean, who doesn’t love searching for treasure?
Samantha Murphy Kelly Google is once again encouraging kids to submit a logo design for its Doodle 4 Google contest, but this year the selected winner will see their work animated and interactive on the homepage.
Rachel Clun We know that texting while driving is bad, but a study has found that texting while walking can also be hazardous.
Staff writers A new ad campaign aimed at keeping kids safe online is using images of human faces distorted into giant Emojis to ask parents a very important question.
KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS Nagging your children into submission can be a thing of the past thanks to a new app that claims to make children listen.
Rachel Browne Spending hours on a computer is not all bad for children.
Eva Recinos For parents thinking about getting their child a cell phone for safety, the FiLIP smartwatch and phone hybrid may stave off that need for a few years.
Joanne Orlando iPads again top kids' wish list, but juggling technology in the home is an issue for parents.
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.
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.
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.