Big idea for families

One company reckons it's time for tablets to bring families together rather than isolate them. So they've gone big.

Tampon game destigmatises

Two New York school girls have created a video game that features tampons instead of weapons.

Child safe Google

Reports suggest Google is preparing to launch child-centric versions of some of its services.

Pinning and pooping

Sometimes the only place to quietly scroll Facebook or Pinterest is in the bathroom.

Baby name domains

Website domain availability is apparently the new way to choose your child's name.


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Too much screen time?

Experts are warning parents not to become hypocrites when it comes to screen time.

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Teens adept at hiding online lives

Too many parents falsely believe they are the technology leaders in their family.


Just what the teacher ordered

One dad thought he'd need to buy one laptop for his six kids to share - instead he leased four.

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The 15 photos new parents share

From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share.

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Raising kids in a 'low media' home

Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.

Dumber by the day online

Countless hours spent online could be making us dumber, a new study has found.

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Keeping records

At the moment I'm in the middle of trawling through about 10,000 family photos so I can make photo books for Miss A and Miss K.

Digital classrooms

Are all these shiny iPads and laptops actually improving our children's education?

Who teaches kids net safety?

NZ teachers want parents to take more responsibility for teaching children about online safety, study shows.

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Bullied teen to meet net giant

A homeschooled Hutt teen's anti-bullying video has got the attention of Google bosses.

Playful advance in toy market

Kiwi educational games company Junior Learning is making a play in the highly competitive US toy market.


What's wrong with this picture?

One mother never thought an innocent snap could be considered 'explicit' material on social media.

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Friending your child on Facebook means you can keep an eye on them - but it also gives them access to your online world.

To share or not to share

Fitzgerald Swanson is barely 6 months old, yet he has his own private Twitter and Instagram accounts.

BOSS LEVEL: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month.

All-girl schooling key

Girls keen on technology can get a major boost towards their careers by studying alongside other girls.

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