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Parents Asked to Limit TV and Have a Media Plan

<a href="/articles/parents-asked-to-limit-tv-and-have-a-media-plan">Parents Asked to Limit TV and Have a Media Plan</a>

The newly released policy from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) Council on Communications and Media urges parents, schools, doctors and advertisers to recognise media effects on children – both positive and negative. While the Academy remains concerned about research-based evidence about the potential for harm from media messages, it also acknowledges the positive effects from television shows like Sesame Street, which teaches children numbers and letters Read full article

How Schools are Using Social Media

<a href="/articles/how-schools-are-using-social-media">How Schools are Using Social Media</a>

An inforgraphic showing how schools are using social media in a positive way . How teachers are using the social media trends to engage students and connect teachers, parents and students. Read full article

Forum on Effects of Social Media and I.T. Addiction on Mental Health

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/08/28/forum-on-effects-of-social-media-and-it-addiction-on-mental-health">Forum on Effects of Social Media and I.T. Addiction on Mental Health</a>

Wolper Jewish Hospital together with Friends of Wolper are proud to present a Q&A: Investigating the Effects of Social Media and IT Addiction on Mental Health. Join a panel of experts at this free event moderated by journalist, television anchor and radio broadcaster, Steve Liebmann. Read full article

Not Sure About Your Child Using Social Media? This Mum is Okay With It.

<a href="/blogs/lanahirschowitz/2013/08/20/not-sure-about-your-child-using-social-media-this-mum-is-okay-with-">Not Sure About Your Child Using Social Media? This Mum is Okay With It.</a>

One of the favourite memories from my teenage years was coming home at 16 years old to find that my mother had arranged to have my very own phone line installed INTO MY BEDROOM. I can picture my room and the hideous beige/yellow colour of the phone taking up half my desk. (seriously what was it with the colours they used for phones in the 1980’s?), I can feel the huge rush of excitement I felt at my new found freedom and independence and now, as a mother I can almost imagine how thrilled my mother was at my excitement. Read full article

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

<a href="/blogs/leoniesmith/2013/08/04/social-media-for-under-age-children-can-lead-to-unnecessary-social-harm">Social Media for Under-Age Children Can Lead to Unnecessary Social Harm</a>

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: Read full article

Teens–Accept the Dad Friend Request and Improve Your Relationship

<a href="/articles/teens%E2%80%93accept-the-dad-friend-request-and-improve-your-relationship">Teens–Accept the Dad Friend Request and Improve Your Relationship</a>

We know that traditional media can be an integral part of family life – watching television together, sharing the paper on a Sunday, having the radio on in the background – but less is known about what happens when families connect using new forms of media, like Facebook and Twitter. Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah, United States, recently looked at outcomes when adolescents network with their parents on social media. The conclusion? Stronger feelings of connection, leading to more positive outcomes for the adolescent. Read full article

Useful Legal Information for Children and Teens Online

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/07/18/useful-legal-information-for-children-and-teens-online">Useful Legal Information for Children and Teens Online</a>

Lawstuff Australia, in partnership with the Children's Legal Services of Legal Aid NSW, have developed a series of fact sheets to provide children with information on what types of activities are against the law when using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Information on sexting, copyright infringement, defamation and privacy are included. A great resource for your teens, and hopefully for them to share around on Facebook. Read full article

Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2012/04/18/teens-on-facebook-where-does-supervision-stop-and-privacy-start">Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?</a>

‘Shutting the gate after the horse has bolted’ parenting - I don’t know about you, but I’m often guilty of it. I’d been meaning to put an Internet filter on my 11 year old son, Joe’s computer for ages. Joe is on the autism spectrum and approaching puberty so I knew it was only a matter of time before he became curious about sex. "I must do it," I probably said half a dozen times, "but tomorrow." ... As parents we are charged with protecting our kids from danger, but when they become teenagers it can be difficult to know which line to tread. Teenagers expect, and indeed are entitled to, some independence. Read full article

Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/15/laptop-shooting-shaming-naming-and-parenting">Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting</a>

...And this week a laptop shooting dad decided to use YouTube and Facebook to punish and humiliate his ungrateful 15 year old daughter for her disrespectful comments about him and his wife, and about all the chores she was expected to do ... I want to briefly comment on two things: Humiliation or shaming of children .... and mainstream and influential media commentators' comments ... Read full article

Facebook is Not a Safe Playground for Children

Children as young as 8 years old are seeing psychologists. Their parents say they are suffering anxiety as a result of being on Facebook; anxious about what friends are posting about them. I say parents need to remember that Facebook firstly is not allowed for children under 13, and importantly, it's not a safe place for children. Read full article