Tumblr saved me

You may think Facebook is where it’s at, but your teenager is most likely spending a lot of their time on Tumblr. Never heard of it? Briefly, it’s an online blogging platform for users over the age of 13 years. Every day for three years, since I was 17 years old, I have logged onto.. Read more

A mother daughter date, with an unexpected conversation

By Rachel Hynes. Sunday was a gorgeous almost-spring day in Sydney, and my daughter and I decided to walk across the Harbour Bridge, just because we’d never done it before. We would catch the train to the north side, and walk back to The Rocks. We would take in fresh air, vitamin D, and the.. Read more

4 steps to take if your teenager is being cyber-bullied

Cyber-bullying is an ongoing issue for young Australians, with 1 in 4 children from year 4 to year 9 reporting that they have been bullied online [1]. Parentline defines bullying as the deliberate psychological, emotional and/or physical harassment of one person by another person or group. It can include exclusion from peer groups, intimidation, extortion,.. Read more

Would you recognise your teen online?

By Katie Adema. Debra* knew her son was active on several social networking sites and had never found a reason to feel concerned about it. However, one afternoon she decided to take a sneaky peek at her 13-year-old’s Tumblr account, which he had left open on his computer. She was horrified to discover that her.. Read more

Secret life of teens

We might think we’re across our children’s online world, but new research tells us that 40 per cent of our teenagers are hiding what they do online from us. Parent perception and monitoring In a survey of 500 teenagers and 500 parents in Australia, security software company McAfee found that most parents trust their teens.. Read more

Do you ‘spy’ on your kids?

What lengths will you go to, to check on your kid’s online activities? Almost half of all parents around the world access their teenagers’ Facebook account without permission. They are doing this to gain insights into their teens’ activities. In other words, they are spying on their kids. Internet security company AVG Technologies has released.. Read more

Lots of Facebook friends linked to narcissism

Do you know how many Facebook friends’ your teenager has? 200, 500, 1,000? Researchers have linked high Facebook activity, including a large number of ‘friends’, with narcissistic personalities. The researchers define narcissism as “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and an exaggerated sense of self-importance”. Creating a narcissistic personality inventory, the team from.. Read more

Researchers link long hours online with poor body image

The long hours teenage girls are spending on the Internet might be contributing to low self-esteem and body dissatisfaction, research by Flinders University reveals. As part of the NetGirls project, Flinders psychologist Dr Amy Slater has surveyed 1,100 adolescent girls from 18 different high schools across South Australia to determine how the Internet impacts their.. Read more

Study: Impulsive kids play more video games

Impulsive children with attention problems tend to play more video games, while kids in general who spend lots of time video gaming may also develop impulsivity and attention difficulties, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. “This is an important finding because most research on attention problems has focused on biological and.. Read more

Social media makes teens more aware of others’ needs

Despite bad press for its role in cyber-bullying, social media can also make teens more aware of what other people go through. More than half the teenagers (55%) surveyed in a recent poll say social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have made them more aware of the needs of others. This is an increase.. Read more