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

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

Parents’ Guide to Tumblr

Is your teen on Tumblr? Teenage Tumblr sites are a form of online expression. Our kids are posting images of bands, models and celebrities, pop culture references, quirky or funny images to create a virtual scrapbook that says a lot about who they are. Although Tumblr is a blogging platform, our observation is that teens.. Read more

What happened when 24 teens gave up screens for a week

When teacher Thea Nicholas pitched the idea that her students go screen-free for a week, it was as popular as a flat iPod. “You can imagine the look of disgust on their face when I first told them. Giving up screens is like chopping off their arm – they are completely dependent on them.” With.. Read more

Facebook for teenagers – a parent’s guide

Ready for a staggering statistic? Almost half of all Australians are on Facebook. Chances are your teenagers are using it, and you probably are too. Facebook has ‘friended’ us big time, and it seems we’ve given it the big ‘Like’ thumbs up. But there are still plenty of parents who do not use the site,.. Read more

Is your teen addicted to the Internet?

So, your teenager spends a lot of time online. Most do. We might even joke that they’re ‘addicted’ to Facebook, Tumblr, or World of Warcraft. But as Australian child/adolescent psychiatrist Dr Philip Tam suggests in this article, if your teen’s internet use is taking over their life they may have a serious problem. In recent.. Read more