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I’ve spoken to some of the world’s worst trolls. Here’s what can help keep your kids safe online

Ginger Gorman has literally written the book on understanding online trolling. In the process she's uncovered entire networks dedicated to harassing individuals off the Internet entirely, as well as poisoning the minds of the young and the vulnerable with hateful ideologies. Sadly, this is just one of the dangers posed by the online world. On [...]

By |2019-09-30T17:30:13+10:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Fighting the insidious rise of deepfakes

Deepfake software has becoming increasingly sophisticated and easy to use, which means nearly anyone can now create explicit material using someone's image. Young Australian Noelle Martin found this out to her horror when she discovered explicit images of her face on the bodies of adult film actresses online. She had never had a boyfriend, never [...]

By |2019-10-21T15:23:10+11:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Consent, Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In a world of cyber threats, the push for cyber peace is growing

Digital conflict and military action are increasingly intertwined, and civilian targets – private businesses and everyday internet users alike – are vulnerable in the digital crossfire. But there are forces at work trying to promote peace online. It will be a tough challenge: In May 2019, Israel responded to unspecified cyberattacks by Hamas with an [...]

By |2019-09-09T12:50:38+10:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

Children can be exposed to sexual predators online, so how can parents teach them to be safe?

Many teenagers use mobile phones and social media almost constantly. And children are gaining access to these devices and platforms at increasingly younger ages. This is a challenge for parents who need to keep up with their children’s use, the evolution of devices, and how this changes how they have to parent. Studies show parents [...]

By |2019-09-02T12:58:09+10:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Youth with a disability face more risk online

Increased digital participation has provided many positives for young people with disabilities, but greater potential risks can also be found lurking online for those who live with a disability, according to latest research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The potential risks – such as exposure to inappropriate content, excessive use, and image-based abuse [...]

Identifying and stopping grooming for abuse

We have never been more aware of the prevalence of child sexual abuse, but unfortunately this has yet to translate into a reduction of new cases. How can parents keep their children safe without being overwhelmed by paranoia? According to child safety experts, it comes down to awareness of 'grooming'. Predators will take various, but [...]

Adelaide academic says it’s time for a new approach to youth cybersafety

A shocking level of disregard for cybersafety among Australian young people has been revealed in a new study carried out by Dr Mubarak Rahamathulla of Flinders University. The students surveyed displayed numerous unsafe behaviours including sexting, public sharing of sensitive personal details and hijacking of their peers' social media accounts. Dr Rahamathulla believes these findings [...]

Online abuse: teenagers might not report it because they often don’t see it as a problem

Protecting children from harm online is high on the political agenda right now. The UK government has set out plans to make social media companies legally responsible for protecting users, and MPs have criticised social media platforms for relying on users to report abuse. This is a serious problem, especially if people who come across [...]

By |2019-05-13T18:39:51+10:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Social Media|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A guide for parents and teachers: what to do if your teenager watches violent footage

The world is reeling in the aftermath of the horrific shootings in Christchurch. The attack has also raised a number of side issues, including the ethics of broadcasting the live stream of the attack, which was later shared on other platforms. As social media is fast becoming the favoured news source among young people, concerns [...]

Kids need to learn about cybersecurity, but teachers only have so much time in the day

Last week, the personal informational of thousands of clients of a large ASX listed company was inadvertently leaked to the dark web. A few days later, our very own parliament house computer system was hacked. Among this increasingly hostile data environment came the announcement of a new cybersecurity program that aims to raise high school [...]

By |2019-03-04T17:35:45+11:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments