After Christchurch: Safety for kids, support for parents

By The Family Zone Team on 3/26/19 4:18 PM

The world is still reeling from the terror attacks at Christchurch last week. Needless to say, the horror is felt even more keenly by those of us who live here in New Zealand - and perhaps most of all by those of us who live here with our children.

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The Porn Curriculum: What it's teaching your students

By The Family Zone Team on 3/6/19 3:48 PM

A new survey has confirmed what many educators already suspect: that boys and girls are consuming online porn at ever-younger ages, and accepting its often brutal “messaging” at face value - with disastrous outcomes for their physical and emotional wellbeing.

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Distracting device use in class linked to academic decline

By The Family Zone Team on 1/31/19 5:32 PM

Devices are turning class-time into fun-time at New Zealand’s largest secondary school - and the resulting drop in academic performance is worrying teachers and parents alike.

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BYOD breaking parents' back-to-school budgets

By The Family Zone Team on 1/24/19 3:37 PM

“Schools tell families what digital devices to buy for the start of term, and parents scrimp, save, borrow and beg to buy them.”

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School extends internet duty of care

By Michelle Polglase on 11/22/18 2:46 PM

St Hilda's Collegiate recently featured in the Otago Daily Times on their decision to join our Partner School Program. 

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Ancient brains in a high-tech world - the impact of information overload.

By Michelle Polglase on 11/19/18 3:02 PM

There is a tsunami of information about the impact of technology on Generation Z (the iGen), now labelled 'neo-digital natives' and primarily using video to communicate.

Humans have always lived in a complex world, but the Information Age has taken distraction to a whole new level. Smartphones are ubiquitous, leading many of us to 'media multitask' by using multiple devices at the same time. 

'The Distracted Mind' is worth a read, as it examines the way our brains have evolved and the consequences of high-tech lifestyles. It explains why our brains aren't built for multitasking, and suggests better ways to live in a high-tech world WITHOUT giving up our modern technology.

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Video game loot boxes a psychological risk

By Michelle Polglase on 11/8/18 3:42 PM

Loot boxes are becoming more prevalent in video games, and are readily available to children even though they approximate gambling.

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The digital divide between rich and poor kids

By Michelle Polglase on 11/6/18 12:32 PM

There's been much discussion about the socio-economic digital divide. But, it's not what we expect. Originally about access to technology, the new digital divide is actually about limiting access to technology.

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Family Zone Partner School Program Roadshow, coming to a location near you

By Michelle Polglase on 11/2/18 8:19 AM

Let the Family Zone team shout breakfast while you learn about Family Zone’s Partner School Program, which provides schools with access to a powerful ecosystem of technologies that ensure no matter what network a student uses to access the internet, they’re kept as safe as possible while online.

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Child-on-child sexual ­assaults in primary schools on the rise

By Michelle Polglase on 11/1/18 11:36 AM

Disturbing acts of sexualised ­behaviour among young children are becoming more frequent in schools as mobile devices result in children being exposed to pornography, says cyber safety expert Susan McLean.

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