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Child health issues: What parents think

A 2021 poll of Australian parents’ top ten child health problems has excessive screen time holding onto the number one spot. Parent concern about screen time has jumped more than 30% in the past six years according to the Royal Children’s Hospital poll.

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Avoid screen time before school: Study

A French study has found that screen time in the morning can negatively impact a child’s language ability. Dr Manon Collet says children who were exposed to screens before school were three times more likely to develop primary language disorders.

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Stepping away from parental peer pressure

Many parents have felt pressure to follow what other parents are doing, but social media has added a new layer of complexity. From comparing childhood milestones to “keeping up with the Joneses”, Associate Professor Fay Hadley discusses how to cope.

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Baby apps: helping or hindering mums?

Replacing the safety pin which reminded new mothers which side to next breastfeed on, apps designed to track everything an infant does, including breastfeeding, are widely available. But while they can reassure new mothers they may also overwhelm them.

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Privacy and your child's rights online

It’s not unusual for parents to share hundreds of photos and personal details about their children on social media, but questions are now being asked about a child’s right to choose what is shared, in light of children's rights in the digital age.

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Screen time and the science of learning

Screens are not good babysitters, but is there such a thing as healthy screen time? How do we understand the benefits and challenges or decide when screen usage might aid learning? Author, speaker and academic Dr Michael Nagel, looks at the research.

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Techno-tantrums? We’ve got some tips

Dr Kristy Goodwin says a techno-tantrum describes when children emotionally combust and throw a tantrum when you ask them to digitally disconnect and switch off technology. But what is normal behaviour and and how can parents manage the response?

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Bluey

Bluey: Children's favourite Blue Heeler

Since launching late last year, the animated adventures of Bluey the irrepressible six year-old Blue Heeler have become a huge hit with Australian children and their parents. The ABC television show is a home-grown production, produced in Queensland.

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