Giving Your Child a Smartphone is Like Giving Them Cocaine, Says Top Addiction Expert

Giving Your Child a Smartphone is Like Giving Them Cocaine
You wouldn't let your child disappear to their room with high-grade narcotics would you?  Yet somehow, we are comfortable to hand them a smartphone (or tablet) and allow free reign. The two things aren't all that different. Well, that's according to Addiction Expert and Director of the UK's Harley Street Rehabilitation Clinic, Mandy Saligari. Saligari recently addressed an education conference in London. She...

Could screen time be impacting your child’s school readiness?

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Today, children have more access to technology and screen-time than ever before. Families watch television through their smartphones, tablets and electronic devices at an unprecedented rate. However, researchers from New York University are warning that excessive television viewing impacts children as they prepare to enter school. Research has revealed that excessive television consumption can lead to lower levels of school readiness amongst children...

Online Safety for Families: How to Keep Your Children Safe Online

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Technology has changed our lives in so many positive ways. However, the safety of our family is always a challenge when children are online.  Research by CoreData and Choosi shows over 77% of people claim modern conveniences (and their accessibility) make their lives easier and the internet was noted as the main influence on contemporary life that makes our existence easier. From monitoring our...

New App Fights Against Skin Cancer: Melanoma Diagnosis App

What if you could get that weird-looking mole on your back checked out almost instantly? Well now you can. A new Australian app gives you the chance to get a virtual consultation from almost anywhere! Melanoma is serious business. This is especially true in Australia, where (along with New Zealand) there are the highest world-wide rates of this type of skin...

Mums on Social Media – 5 Reasons Facebook Is Actually Good For You Mum!

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Sick of the stigma around mums on social media? Tired of people saying it’s unhealthy and only distracting mothers from their job at hand? Well, me too! Here’s 5 totally credible reasons social media is not the enemy. It can in fact be a mum’s best friend! Ahhh mums on social media and parental guilt… that old chestnut. There are a...

One of the Hottest Items From The 90’s is Back: Nokia 3310 Returns!

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If you're my age, ahem, which is late 30's, you'll no doubt remember the Nokia 3310. The 'IT' phone of our generation with endless battery life and an indestructible build. Selling 126 million units in its time, this was the "must have" phone of the 90's. And guess what? The Nokia 3310 returns! Did someone say nostalgia tech? Oh...

The Winners: Olympus E-PL8 & Elf on the Shelf 2016 Photo Competition

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If you've followed our Elf on the Shelf competition sponsored by the Olympus E-PL8 you'll no doubt by now be desperate to know who the lucky winners are!  Well wonder no more, we're delighted to reveal to you our favourite - and winning - top three entries! If you haven't seen the twenty shortlisted finalists you can check them all out...

Scrap the Phone Bill Blues for a Whole Year with Limited Edition ALDImobile Special Buys!

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Sponsored by ALDImobile Whether you’re a social media addict or an ABC iView binge-watching-toddler, if heavy-duty mobile phone use has taken you to the dark side of billing it’s time to check out ALDImobile’s latest Special Buys out Saturday 4th February! It’s no secret at Mum Central we are big, big fans of ALDI. From our enthusiasm for their Special Buys to our...

WIN a Samsung Galaxy J2 with the Perfect Back to School Boost Mobile Deals

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As a parent the ‘should my child have a mobile phone’ decision is a biggie!  Of course we want our kids to be in reach and easily able to contact us if they need, but what about the risk of a whopping great bill? Here’s what you need to know (and how to win 1 of 2 pre-paid Boost Mobile packs!) The world...

It’s Like Tinder for Mums Because Meeting Other Mums Isn’t Always Easy

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You’re hanging with your baby, and you’re totally blissed out with mummy fun! That is until it’s the 134th day in a row, and you seriously need to talk to someone who can talk back. That’s what two mums from the UK were thinking when they created a genius Tinder-like app for finding new friends. Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz...

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