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Getting the Screen Time Balance Right for Families

By Leonie Smith - 4th March 2014

Screen time is all about balance. It's more about what is being done on the screen than the amount of time spent. Too much screen time can mean that family members aren't really talking to each other or spending time in a productive way. If you're not sure if your family has got the right balance, consider these questions:

Social Media for Under-Age Children Can Lead to Unnecessary Social Harm

By Leonie Smith - 4th August 2013

There's a video doing the rounds on Facebook – an educational video teaching children how to protect their personal information online. While I do think parents and kids should watch it, as a cyber safety specialist, I have a few concerns, particularly with the message I was left with–that it's ok for a 10-year- old to be on a social media site like Facebook as long as they do it safely. The problem with this harm minimisation approach is this:

Posting a Child’s Photo Online – Is it Safe?

By Leonie Smith - 29th May 2013

This post is in response to a recent story about a Melbourne mother’s frustration at not being able to remove her 18-month-old's image from Instagram after she found out it was being misused. Comments on this story include: "why did she post the pictures with a public account" and "why didn't she set her photos to private". And …

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