Social media does not make you a horrible person

From your comments on our post Are our kids the me, me, me generation? it’s clear that people feel strongly about the role of social media in our world. Some of you believe adults are just as guilty of living their lives bent over an iPhone; others feel we are entitled to spend our down.. Read more

Are our kids the ‘me me me generation’?

By Katherine Hynes. A new film depicts young people as obsessed with social media, and a recent Time magazine cover declared them the ‘Me Me Me Generation’. The Millennials are taking hits from all sides at the moment. Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring is based on the true story of a gang of.. Read more

How technology will change how we parent, for the better

By Rachel Hynes. The McAfee Tweens, Teens and Technology Report, launched this week, reveals the online behaviour of 8- to 12-year-olds in Australia. One finding that really stood out for me was this: An 8-year-old is adopting technology as fast as a 16-year-old. I would consider myself fairly tech savvy, but my teenager leaves me.. Read more

The computer is not where my brain goes to die

By Robert, 15. Whenever I use a computer you glower at me and start raving on about how when you were a kid you went out and played in the sunshine with a horde of giggling friends and had fun. You use the argument that my brain will shrink and my eyes will go square.. Read more

Internet fail – how I let my teenager down

By Rachel Hynes. I can’t shake the feeling that I may have let my teenager down when it came to how we handled the Internet in our house. In 1998, the year my daughter was born, it really was a new frontier. Australia was one of a handful of countries with a significant number of.. Read more

What online gaming taught my Asperger’s son

By Lisa Young. A few months ago I responded to a forum post on The Kids Are All Right stating that Xbox LIVE has been the best thing we could have possibly had for our Asperger’s teenage son.  I was asked to explain a bit more about this, so here goes…. Our son was diagnosed at.. Read more

Mum’s iPhone for teenager – too many strings attached?

By now, many of you will have read the article doing the rounds about the American mom who gave her 13-year-old an iPhone for Christmas, with an 18-point contract. Janelle Burley Griffin posted her letter to her son on her personal blog on Christmas Day, but it has gone viral since it was republished at.. Read more

Happy birthday SMS, hope you enjoyed your gift

By Rachel Hynes. SMS, or text messaging, turned 20 this week. And this is how I felt about it. It’s true, I went through the bills and added it up. The mobile calls were ten times worse. Thank god for capped plans. She only went over by about $500 this year. We had a bad.. Read more

Internet addiction and how to treat it

Internet addiction is the broad and more common term for what Dr Philip Tam has termed Problematic Internet Use, or PIU. In his first article for The Kids Are All Right, Is your teen addicted to the Internet?, Dr Tam explained what is Internet addiction. In this follow-up article, Dr Tam discusses the treatment options.. Read more

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Video games linked to dangerous driving in teens

Teenagers who play M-rated, risk-glorifying video games such as Grand Theft Auto III and Manhunt (banned in Australia) may be more likely to become reckless drivers who experience increased car accidents, police stops and willingness to drink and drive. This is the finding of new research published in the academic journal Psychology of Popular Media.. Read more