Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Choosing and managing devices for high school

It’s not just pencils and exercise books in the school bag this year – a growing number of schools are continuing to introduce  ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) in the classroom, with many even making this compulsory. From 2009 to 2013, the Federal Government supplied a laptop to Year 9 students in Australian public high schools,.. 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

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

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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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