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For today’s kids, the Internet is full of endless promise and potential, an exciting place to explore, learn, create, and share. For parents, however, the Internet can be a place full of threats to children’s safety and... Read More


Should I Ban ‘Gaming’ Screen Time During the Week

My 7 year old is a technology addict. He loves playing IPAD, computers, watching YouTube tutorials and, if left with no other option, my phone. Family life has become a constant negotiation about technology use, and it is a negotiation that rarely ends well. This is the story of how I banned technology (for the …

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How to Teach Kids How to Use a Mouse

Kids nowadays are pretty tech savvy, and when it comes to touchscreen technology they seem to be born total whizzes, somehow inherently knowing how to slide, swipe, pinch and tap (and getting annoyed when this doesn’t word on old-school interfaces)! Yet the prominence of touchscreens in the devices they have regular access to is meaning …

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Pokémon GO in Brisbane

Brisbane Kids get out into the fresh air, and get vitamin D and exercise thanks to Pokémon GO It’s only been out for a few days, but Niantic’s engaging new game Pokémon GO for iOS and Android devices has quickly become a smash hit with Brisbane Kids of all ages. For those readers who grew …

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Review of GROW with Nature Play App, Nature Play Queensland

Need help getting your children back into nature? There’s an app for that! There is a growing body of research that points to nature play as an essential component of ensuring a child’s well-being and development. Contact with nature invokes a number of health benefits for children, including improved cognitive function, increased creativity, reduced symptoms …

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Calm Kids with Mamaphant – A mindful breathing app for 3 – 6 year olds

Let’s face it, as busy parents we can never be with our child every moment of every day to make them feel calm and safe. So what if your child could learn a skill that could help them feel calm when you can’t be with them? That’s where the Calm Kids with Mamaphant App may …

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Snapchat 101 for Parents

Snapchat is a free app that allows users to capture and send text and short videos. After the message is received, it self-destructs in from one to ten seconds, with the time-frame specified by the sender. According to the Pew Research Centre (US), Teens Technology and Social Media Review 2015, 41% of all US teens …

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Revolutionary Mobile Phone App Making Driving Safer For Teens

How Using Your Phone Could Actually Make You a Safer Driver | S-Drive from Samsung We love to share cool things, especially when they are tools or resources that can help protect young people and save lives. Which is why we really wanted to spread the word about a new safe-driving programme from Samsung, S-Drive. …

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Radio Station For Kids | Kinderling Radio

Kinderling Radio is an exciting new radio station, specifically for children 0 – 6 years and their parents. It was launched in June 2015 and is available in two formats – on DAB (digital radio) and via live streaming from your PC, laptop, mobile or tablet device. Lorna Clarkson, music director for Kinderling Radio describes …

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Release Date News for Minecraft: Story Mode!

For the millions of Minecrafters out there, the latest game based on the crazily popular video game Minecraft can’t come soon enough. The excitement is certainly building for Minecraft: Story Mode, with everyone desperate to find out when the release date will be. Well, guess what … we may know! While Telltale Games, which has developed the …

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Kids’ Literacy Learning Apps | LessonBuzz

Many kids struggle with literacy or find themselves at a level that is higher or lower than their class at school. Helping them to focus, develop and be challenged can be difficult, but now there is a collection of iPad apps that are not only engaging for kids but also an amazing cohesive, developmental and …

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Poki – the free gaming portal for kids | The Review

A few weeks ago, we were excited to review Disney’s Inside Out movie. Not too soon after the movie’s launch, we were tipped off that there’s more to Inside Out than just the movie though! Did you know that there are also Inside Out games you can play? This free gaming portal hosts a neat …

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Pre-schooler App: PlayKids

If your pre-schoolers are already grabbing your phone and you’re looking for a fun, educational, safe and age appropriate app, then PlayKids is the one!  It’s easy to see why PlayKids is the global #1 app and why it’s popular with both the little ones and parents.   It ticks all the boxes to gain your …

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A Watch To Help Your Kids Tell the Time

I have an 8 year old son who has a gift for Maths. Jack pretty much loves all things involving numbers except for telling the time. I too remember finding it challenging to learn to tell the time and understand it to be a fairly common situation for kids. I can see how it is important to get …

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How To Stop Screen Rage Attacks

Screen rage is the broad term describing the anger or ‘rage’ that little people, and some big people, experience when they are forced to stop using an electronic device. Screens and interactive devices stimulate our visual, auditory and tactile senses which in turn activate the ‘reward’ centres in our brains to give us small immediate …

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Where can I find on-line game information I can trust?

Knowing where you can find online game information is essential in ensuring you keep your children safe while online. Did you know Playstation online activity, including Online ID and public statements, may be recorded and distributed outside PlayStation Network by Sony or other users? Did you know that Xbox Live’s default safety settings are determined based …

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Mobile Phones For Kids

Giving your child a mobile phone seems a little crazy, but, according to the 2012 ABS Sensis, 818,500 children aged 5 to 14 years (29%) had a mobile phone- which means now 3 years later you are assured that the number of kids using mobile phones has increased substantially. If it seems shocking remember that mobile internet …

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Must Know Information About Kids Downloading Apps

When choosing apps for children, it is important for parents to do their own research. Fortunately there are a number of excellent app review sites available to help. Check reviews of Apps first Commonsense Media is a US-based non-profit organization that provides advice to families and educators to promote safe technology and media for children. …

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What Is Cyberbullying

As a parent, the thought of your child being bullied is heartbreaking. Most of us can probably remember one or two schoolyard bullies, as well as the golden rules for avoiding them. But fast forward just one generation and our kids are now threatened by a new breed of bully: the cyberbully. Harder to catch …

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Fundamental Minecraft Tips for Parents

“Are your kids obsessed with Minecraft? Need to learn how to install mods? Looking for party ideas? Don’t have a clue what a spider jockey is?” You can find the answers to these and many more Minecraft related questions on Bec Oakley’s MineMum website. Bec has a knack for explaining technical issues in simple parent-friendly …

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Help! My Child wants to Code

If you have a young child who wants to learn a digital language and don’t know where to start, help is at hand with a range of free apps. Two of my personal favourites are the related apps – Scratch (for ages 8 to 16, web-based) and Scratch Junior (for ages 6 to 8, available …

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How To Survive The First Night Of Minecraft

In Minecraft, gameplay consists of cycles of day-time, followed by night-time. Each day-night cycle is 20 minutes long. Whether you survive the first Minecraft night is determined by the decisions you make during the first Minecraft day. When you initially enter your Minecraft world, there are many things to do in preparation for ongoing gameplay …

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Collins Big Cat Titles Using Apps To Help Kids Read

There’s a lot to like about these award-winning apps from Collins Big Cat (an imprint of Harper Collins Publishing, UK). To begin with, they’re free. 8 Different Collins Big Cat Titles Around the World At the Dump Playing In the Garden It was a Cold, Dark Night The Farmer’s Lunch My Bike Ride The Steam …

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Minecraft Terminology for Parents

Does it sometimes seem like Minecraft is a different language? This list of basic Minecraft concepts and elements will keep you up-to-date with any Minecraft dinner table conversation. While all the terms below relate to Survival Mode, in Peaceful Mode a player only needs to craft and mine as there are no threats and in …

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Toca Box for Autism Awareness | Apps for children with ASD

April is Autism Awareness month, which is the perfect time to share the great app tool kit created by Toca Boca. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically present with a range of traits and characteristics that can include difficulty with social interaction and expression, rigid mindset and struggles with creativity and imaginative play. Toca Box …

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The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft for Parents

When I logged into my Minecraft Account a few days ago, the statistics page said over 19 million people had purchased the game. Including 8,000 in the last 24hrs. So that’s well out of date by now. Minecraft is incredibly popular, an undisputed creativity tool that many kids want to spend all day playing. In …

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Positive Penguins | A positive thinking app for Kids

Children often experience feelings of worry, anger, sadness, insecurity and frustration as part of their every day social and emotional development. These feelings are normal and affect all children differently. Sometimes these feelings can build up and cause the child difficulty managing their emotions, resulting in negative thoughts and possible increases in anxiety or anger. Teaching children how …

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What Is Spelling City?

Spelling City is an award winning game based learning tool for spelling, vocabulary and writing. Spelling City can be downloaded as a companion app for the Spelling City website and  can provide an opportunity for students to learn their weekly spelling lists, whilst having fun at the same time. Featuring activities for Prep to Year 12 …

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Are Tablets better than Television for Toddlers?

At CommonSense Media, a respected US non-profit organization that promotes safe technology and media for children, the youngest age category for iPad reviews is 2 years. Is this surprising, confronting or comforting do you think? The more you think about it, this age category for reviews is not surprising at all. Walk along the toy aisle in …

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How to Create House Rules for the Internet

Young Kids Online: Getting it right from the start Today’s kids are born as global digital citizens. The Internet places a smorgasbord of experience within easy reach from the moment they are old enough to watch a You Tube video or hold a touchscreen. A recent report showed 87% of 5-7 year-olds in the UK …

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Apps for new parents

Life with a newborn can be a chaotic time for parents, especially when doing it all for the very first time. However there are some great phone and tablet apps available in both the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store to make life a little easier. Babytime – Baby journal for breastfeeding, bottle …

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Phonics Apps for Kids

These days there is an app for everything and everything is in an app. For parents who perhaps aren’t quite up there and savvy with the world of apps it can be overwhelming to even know where to start looking for the right apps for your child. The number of phonics apps available is vast …

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iPhone gaming apps that kids and parents can play together

The iOS market is packed with apps and games for avid players of all ages. Some of them are quite educational and can easily be enjoyed with parents. Advanced technology is everywhere these days, and parents can’t force their kids to stay away from tablets and smartphones anymore. Rather than forbid them to access these …

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Best Spelling Apps for Kids

The world of Apps is big. Enormous. Endless. Kids love to learn and kids love apps. Parents love apps because it can give them a few quiet minutes in a busy, never-ending day. Here are some  of the Best Spelling Apps for Kids that will combine all of the above, learning, fun, and hours of …

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Latest research: Guidelines for the use of interactive devices by children

Tablets, smartphones, hand-held games – today’s kids are exposed to far more varied and complex forms of electronic entertainment than previous generations ever were. The humble television has been surpassed by a plethora of gadgets that are not only portable, but also interactive; both of which add greatly to their appeal. Love them or loathe …

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How To Play Minecraft

Is your Brisbane Kid asking about Minecraft and you don’t even know how to explain it? Minecraft is a game for kids without instructions, unless you count the books and youtube videos that will assist with Minecraft Tutorials. In the meantime we asked one of our team, Ben, who is 7 years old to explain …

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Teeth Cleaning App for Kids | Review of Macleans Nurdle

Macleans are known for being one of the leaders in tooth and gum care, with their extensive range of dental care products, so it was only a matter of time they took to the digital world with a phone App. The Macleans Nurdle Time app is available in the iTunes Store to download free of …

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Top 10 best-selling educational iPhone apps that are designed for children under the age of five

The iOS marketplace is packed with all sorts of apps for kids. Some are entertaining, some are educational, and some are both. Advanced technology makes learning so much easier these days, and it’s a definitely a good idea to instill a passion for learning in your child from a very early age. Here are 10 …

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How to Find the Best Apps for Kids with Autism

With more than 580 autism-related apps in iTunes and nearly 250 for Android^, how do you find the best apps for kids with autism? The world of technology is thriving and age restrictions in the mobile app world are becoming increasingly difficult to find out. That is why Autism Queensland paired up with a team …

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10 Science Apps for Kids

You don’t have to be a scientist yourself in order to help your child learn the basics.  Sure you can get out the old Bunsen burner and telescope if you are keen for some at home live demonstrations but, for most of us, trying to get our little people interested in the world of science …

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Maths Apps for Toddlers and Kids

Mention the word “maths” and you are usually greeted with an array of groans and fake yawns.  Most kids (and let’s be honest – adults too) find the idea of teaching or learning maths tiresome but there are actually some fun apps out there that will have your kids learning the basic skills whilst having …

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Fun Learning Apps for Kids

As of 2013 there are literally a million apps out there for you to choose from and with thousands more being created daily how do you go about choosing which ones are best for your kids?  Most parents look for something fun and entertaining that will hold the interest of their child but also teach …

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