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Children’s Commissioner Dr Maggie Atkinson says adults can prevent children becoming trolls on social media

Web's dark side: What parents can do to fight back, by Children’s Commissioner

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Rhodri Marsden: When it comes to saucy pictures, trust no one. Least of all yourself

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Facebook and Twitter light up with tributes when a celebrity dies. Nauseating? Or the spirit of the age?

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Post room: in 2013, 182 billion emails were sent every day. Many of these will still be clogging up inboxes

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Brigid Schulte was drowing in emails until she sought help from four productivity gurus

Rhodri Marsden: Being anonymous online is cowardly, whether you're saying something unpleasant or not

About 12 years ago I sent an anonymous email. As I typed that devastatingly romantic Valentine message, I felt a strange kind of thrill. After all, this was something I would never have dared to say in person.

Snap unhappy: those holiday photos use a lot of memory, so take a few to get the best shot, then edit ruthlessly to free up space

How to free up storage space on a smartphone

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