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

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

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

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

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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‘Sexting’ teens: decriminalising young people’s sexual practices

By Danielle Tyson, Monash University; Amy Shields Dobson, Monash University, and Mary Lou Rasmussen, Monash University. Cases of teenagers “sexting” each other have recently provoked panicked responses by media, parents, educators and policy makers in Australia. Now a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the practice has been told it’s better to use discretionary powers to deal.. 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

Facebook for under 13s

A friend wrote to me during the week – ironically, via Facebook – to get some advice about her tween daughter and the social networking site. She said: Hi Rach, I’m wondering if you could get some feedback for me or any advice as to what age is deemed suitable for Facebook. We allowed our.. Read more