The media, including the internet, can exert a powerful influence on your child’s health and development. This influence can be both beneficial and harmful. It's important that children do not use computers, computer games and the internet to the exclusion of other developmentally appropriate tasks, including the need to be physically active. As with other areas of children’s lives, parents have a responsibility to provide guidance and to set clear limits.
There are steps you and your child can take to protect them from mobile phone bullying and there are also things you can do if bullying occurs or persists. If your child is receiving unwanted messages on their mobile phone, you can call 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723).
By the age of 18 years, the average child has spent more time watching television than attending school. Television has a major influence upon the health and development of children in Australia and New Zealand. Different children are affected by television in different ways.