Don't fall for it: How to protect your kids from online hoaxes

Don't fall for it: How to protect your kids from online hoaxes

We’ve seen recently a rollercoaster of panic from parents trying to protect their kids from a supposed online threat known as the Momo challenge , that has for months been debunked as a hoax .Yet the panic from parents continued, as did reports in the media and even warnings from celebrities – all of which could have been avoided if parents had done a few simple checks before raising the alarm.

How Do We Respond When Others Share Bad News Online?

How Do We Respond When Others Share Bad News Online?

How do others respond if we share bad news on social media, rather than just general personal information or positive events? In a study recently published in Personality and Individual Differences , Lauren Saling and colleagues conducted an experimental study in which participants evaluated other people's negative self-disclosures, imagining that these disclosures were made by a close friend.

Facebook or Face Time?

Facebook or Face Time?

However, other studies have shown that socially active people use Facebook and similar media not as a substitute for face-to-face interactions but rather to enhance them. This result lends support to the poor-get-richer theory, which states that introverts use social media as an aid toward building real-life relationships.

Promoting Safe Online Media Use for Kids

Promoting Safe Online Media Use for Kids

For example, while the amount of time children spend watching television and DVDs, playing video games, and using a computer has gone down in recent years, mobile device use has gone way up.

Sharenting or sharing stories?

Sharenting or sharing stories?

When parents post about their children online, they may be undermining the children’s sense of ownership over their own experiences: The story is being told about them without their input.

Woolworth has 50 per cent off frozen food for one day

Woolworth has 50 per cent off frozen food for one day

How to overhaul your pantry with Mandy Sacher 00:55:05 Supermarket giant Woolworths is helping families fill their freezers for cheap with a half-price sale on frozen foods. Shoppers can stock up on their favourite staples or easy meals with the supermarket giant slashing the price of select frozen foods by 50 per cent.

Cyberbullying: How Social Connectedness May Help Victims

Cyberbullying: How Social Connectedness May Help Victims

A 2018 PEW survey, Teens’ Social Media Habits and Experiences , shares the majority of teens (81 percent) feel more connected to their friends because of social media and 68 percent feel as if they have people that will support them if they are going through a difficult time.

Technology Doesn’t Have to Be a Problem for Kids

Technology Doesn’t Have to Be a Problem for Kids

The researchers concluded, “ Like other forms of maternal withdrawal and unresponsiveness, mobile-device use can have a negative impact on infant social-emotional functioning and parent-child interactions .” Distracted parents—those who keep their devices close and are frequently checking them or responding to phone calls and messages—tend to be less predictable, less reliable, and less attentive.

Teens, Body Image, and Social Media

Teens, Body Image, and Social Media

However, talking about social media with our tweens and teens and encouraging media literacy – filtering , avoiding , being careful of comparisons , and evaluating – is a step towards reducing any potential pitfalls of social media use and raising kids who can take the “reality” presented online with a grain of salt.

Social Anxiety in the Digital Age

Social Anxiety in the Digital Age

A 2016 meta-analysis in the journal Computers in Human Behavior showed a correlation “between social anxiety and feelings of comfort online.” Computer mediated communication offers a few key features that may appeal to socially anxious individuals: “text-based communication with reduced audio and visual cues,” “anonymity,” and asynchronicity (i.e., there is no immediate need to respond).

Sex Trafficking: Should Parents Be Worried?

Sex Trafficking: Should Parents Be Worried?

The Internet fuels sex trafficking by offering direct access to vulnerable youth who can be manipulated online and who eventually become sex slaves.

Does Screen Time Harm Children? How Much Is Too Much?

Does Screen Time Harm Children? How Much Is Too Much?

For those 5 and under, one hour a day is likely quite enough, but for school aged children, the best parenting advice seems to be to negotiate a reasonable limit and encourage other kinds of activities (even screen time other than television).

3 Neutralizing Responses to a Manipulative Adult Child

3 Neutralizing Responses to a Manipulative Adult Child

Do you feel tongue tied or get sucked into saying the wrong things when your adult child throws manipulative, hurtful zingers at you? [READER BONUS: Just in case this one also comes up] Adult Child: You sound like you've read some stupid parenting blog.

My body and I have been in battle for at least half my life

My body and I have been in battle for at least half my life

"I'm scared guys, so scared for my daughters." It’s so common for young girls to have self-esteem issues and for them to eventuate into restricted eating, crash diets and searching for any way or product to 'improve' the way they look in hope that it will 'improve' the way they feel about themselves.

Video Games Are Social Spaces

Video Games Are Social Spaces

Although the players are physically isolated, they’re spending time with friends in the same way that people do when they talk to one another on the phone. Conclusion Children and teens are spending more and more time playing video games online with their friends.

Parenting Adolescents in Today's Computer World

Parenting Adolescents in Today's Computer World

“This is how you navigate, interact, and find out information.” They can supervise for Safety so the young person is mindful of online risks that come with Internet life and know what precautions to take to avoid online harm.

Here's how parents can keep kids safe online without spying

Here's how parents can keep kids safe online without spying

Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about LinkedIn Pinterest Here's how parents can keep kids safe online without spying Parents can control passwords and monitor the content their kids will be exposed to on website and apps to make sure their children are safe online.

Control These 3 Emotions to Better Help Your Adult Child

Control These 3 Emotions to Better Help Your Adult Child

But my coaching of parents of adult children over thirty years has repeatedly shown me that managing your counterproductive feelings and following collaboratively-based plans will go a long way toward reaching positive outcomes.

1 in 10 nursery staff reports toddlers swearing, website finds

1 in 10 nursery staff reports toddlers swearing, website finds

1 in 10 nursery staff reports toddlers swearing, website finds copied! 1 in 10 nursery staff reports toddlers swearing, website finds According to a new survey by Day Nurseries, a site based in the United Kingdom, one in 10 nursery staff say they often hear children swearing.

Christmas lights: Faulty wires nearly kill QLD man

Christmas lights: Faulty wires nearly kill QLD man

The dodgy lights were purchased online and had exposed 240-volt wires which shocked the man at his Cooray home on the Sunshine Coast. The company has warned families against buying Christmas lights that aren't compliant with Australian Safety Standards because they can become a festive death-trap.

3 Signs You're Being Emotionally Abused By Your Adult Child

3 Signs You're Being Emotionally Abused By Your Adult Child

Check out below three signs of emotional abuse experienced by parents of adult children that I often hear about when I coach them to set better boundaries:  

A boy is praised for his reaction to girl getting her period on school bus

A boy is praised for his reaction to girl getting her period on school bus

The mum posted on Facebook page Gurgaon Moms, after her daughter unknowingly started her period while riding the bus home from school. “My daughter started her period on the bus ride home today," posting online, she said.

Social media tips: Internet safety advice for parents

Social media tips: Internet safety advice for parents

Firstly, ask your child about what social networking services they use. In order to open up the channels of communication with your child over their social networking use, don’t be too critical of their online experience or habits to date.

What to do if images of my child are shared online without permission

What to do if images of my child are shared online without permission

If your child is under 18 and the intimate image is being shared on a social network or messaging app, the images are illegal and all service providers must remove the content as soon as possible.

October 2018 deals: Travel, cars, jeans and more autumn steals

October 2018 deals: Travel, cars, jeans and more autumn steals

In fact, October is one of the best months to travel across the Atlantic if you want to save big and avoid massive crowds. For a limited time online only, the retailer is running a buy one get one 50 percent off deal on denim.

Social Media Age Restrictions

Social Media Age Restrictions

In this article, we look at the different age restrictions on popular social media platforms and offer some advice for parents who are considering allowing their child to set up a profile for the first time. Age restrictions vary across social media platforms; usually users should be no younger than 16 years old (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.).