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Cyber-bullying Campaign Launched After Suicide of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett

A 14-year-old girl from a well-known Northern Territory cattle family who took her own life last week has been remembered by her family as a "kind, caring and beautiful soul" as they launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of bullying and harassment. The family of Amy "Dolly" Everett, who was once the face [...]

By | 2018-01-15T14:17:00+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Suicide|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Apple: New Parental Control is Coming

Earlier this week Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, two Apple shareholder groups, posted an open letter to Apple asking for more and better parental controls for iPhone. "More than 10 years after the iPhone's release, it is a cliché to point out the ubiquity of Apple's devices among children and [...]

By | 2018-01-15T15:58:21+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Depression, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media Destroying Society

A former Facebook executive is making waves after he spoke out about his "tremendous guilt" over growing the social network, which he feels has eroded "the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other." Chamath Palihapitiya began working for Facebook in 2007 and left in 2011 as its vice president for user [...]

Facebook: Now For Young Children Too

How young is too young to be on social media? Strictly speaking, only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook. But the prevention methods are trivial, meaning more than 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network. So on Monday, Facebook launched its first app tailored for young users. It's a [...]

By | 2017-12-18T10:04:33+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Child Exploitation: Live Streaming an ‘Urgent’ Threat

Sex offenders are increasingly using live online streaming platforms to exploit children, police have warned. Children need to be educated on the risks associated with streaming sites, the National Crime Agency said. It said offenders were learning how young people communicated online and "using this knowledge to abuse them". In one week, authorities identified 345 [...]

One-Third of Teenage Girls Sexually Harassed Online

Nearly a third of teenage girls have been sexually harassed online by children their own age, a study from charity Childnet suggests. Some 31% of girls aged 13-17 have been targeted with unwanted sexual attention, compared with 11% of boys. One in 10 of the 1,559 teens interviewed reported receiving threats of sexual violence, including [...]

By | 2017-12-11T13:29:05+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Building Student Confidence and Self-Esteem

Online learning environments have been a game changer for Australian distance educators whose ‘classrooms’ cover thousands of square kilometres, but it’s more than just a case of being able to reach isolated areas. The technology is also allowing teachers to provide one-to-one support and immediate feedback to students who are struggling with issues such as [...]

Heard Of ‘Sextortion’? Here’s 6 Things You Need To Know To Protect Your Child

Angela Reynolds's daughter Ashley was a high school freshman in 2009 when a stranger calling himself "Captain Obvious," with a profile that made it look like he was a teenager, messaged her through social media. He claimed to to have nude pictures of her. Ashley ignored him at first, but he became more insistent, threatening [...]

By | 2017-10-30T16:13:46+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

“A Volcano Inside of Me”

"A washing machine tummy”; “a volcano inside of me” – these are some of the ways young children can describe anxiety and other mental health issues, according to staff at YoungMinds, a mental health charity. In 2016, Childline reported a 15 per cent in suicidal calls, with children as young as 10. There has been a steep [...]

Teenagers Engaging In ‘Digital Self-Harm’

In past decades, teenagers struggling to deal with their emotions might have coped by taking a razor blade to their forearm or extinguishing cigarettes on their skin. Today’s teens, products of the internet era, have found an additional outlet. Approximately 6% of adolescents between 12 and 17 years old engage in a practice known as [...]