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Some online platforms are starting to measure ‘student engagement’ at school, writes Chris Zomer. Here’s what you need to know. There is increasing concern children are less focused in school. This is often blamed on smartphones and social media. At the same time, there is significant pressure...

Marilyn Campbell and Elizabeth J Edwards looked at all the recent evidence on mobile phone bans in schools – this is what they found. Mobile phones are currently banned in all Australian state schools and many Catholic and independent schools around the country. This is part...

One incident served as a stark reminder to Victoria Baker of the risks associated with innocently sharing children's information online. In a digital age where sharing every moment seems like second nature, my husband and I have made a conscious decision to protect our child's privacy...

How to know when your child is ready for ‘phone privacy’, writes Joanne Orlando Smartphone ownership among younger children is increasing rapidly. Many primary school children now own smartphones, and they have become the norm in high school. Parents of younger children may occasionally (or routinely) look...

While it's not realistic to avoid screens entirely, being mindful of how screens impact eye health and managing risks on a day-to-day basis is essential. According to Professor Isabelle Jalbert from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Medicine & Health, “There is a genetic...

Are you sure you want Frozen again? You’ve already seen it 20 times!  Laura Scholes knows the feeling! Do you find your children asking to watch the same TV shows and movies or play the same video games over and over (and over again)? Perhaps you...

It already is – and not without issues, writes Rob Nicholls. Businesses are increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) to generate media content, including news, to engage their customers. Now, we’re even seeing AI used for the “gamification” of news – that is, to create interactivity associated...

There are going to be many times in your child's life when you won't have control of stopping bad influences. But there are a few solutions that may help some of today's modern-day problems....

Will ‘overcharging’ make it explode? Ritesh Chugh debunks common battery myths Shutterstock In the world of lithium-ion batteries, smartphones take centre stage. Yet they’ve also sparked an ongoing debate: does prolonged (or overnight) charging wreak havoc on your battery? A number of factors determine a phone battery’s lifespan,...

Tatachilla Lutheran College has pioneered the introduction of an iFarm, a cutting-edge initiative aimed at advancing agricultural science and STEM education. Developed by innovators Steve and Kate Mansur, the iFarm serves as a fully computerized outdoor farm research station, featuring eight automated garden beds. These...