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Facebook and Instagram Introduce Time Limit Tool

Facebook and Instagram are releasing a new tool to limit how much time people spend on their apps. The announcement follows concerns that excessive social media use can have a negative impact on mental health. Users will now be able to check how much time they've spent scrolling, set a reminder for when they've reach [...]

Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Grow Up With Social Media

I’m kind of glad there was no social media around when I was a teenager … because I was a jerk. Off the top of my head I can think of half a dozen dumb-arse things I said and did that would have got me chased off the internet today, and no I’m not going [...]

5 Ways Mental Health Apps Are Messing With Our Heads

Even before you download an app to help you meditate, or to manage your depression, it's speaking to you. Apps' marketing often implies that everyday stresses should be seen as mental health issues, and that you're on your own (with the help of the app, of course) to fix whatever is wrong with you. These [...]

By |2018-07-23T15:26:37+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Disrupted Childhood Report

The Disrupted Childhood Report explains commonly-used strategies, and highlights how automated technology both leverages and reinforces human instinct, in order to trigger habits and behaviours. Variously called ‘reward loops’, ‘captology’, ‘sticky’, ‘dwell features’ and ‘extended use strategies’, persuasive design strategies are deliberately baked into digital services and products in order to capture and hold users’ [...]

By |2018-07-23T14:58:31+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , |0 Comments

Bad Social Media Experiences Increase Depression Odds

In young adults, negative social media experiences may be strongly and consistently associated with higher depressive symptoms. But, positive experiences seem to have a weak link to lower depressive symptoms, according to research led by the University of Pittsburgh. The study titled "The association between valence of social media experiences and depressive symptoms" was published in the journal Depression and [...]

Feeding the Trolls? – The Roles and Benefits of Online Trolling

New University of Canterbury research into the behaviour of online trolls has revealed the many actors involved and a surprising number of benefits to trolling – and not just for the trolls. When University of Canterbury (UC) doctoral student Maja Golf-Papez left a marketing career in Slovenia to start her research into mischief-making consumer behaviours [...]

By |2018-07-09T10:41:35+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Social Media, Increased Depression, and What Parents Can Do

The risks associated with social media are regularly reported in the media, and you may have experienced some of them already yourself or with your kids. A new study (Primack et al., 2018) adds important research to the discussion, finding that negative experiences on social media are significantly correlated with increased depressive feelings (a greater [...]

Here’s How To Tell If Your Child Might Be Addicted To Gaming

A mum has urged the NHS to diagnose her 15-year-old son with gaming addiction, as she says he has become so consumed by online games that he has not been to school for a year. Kendall Palmer, from north London, told The Telegraph she has fought for three years to have her son’s condition recognised [...]

By |2018-06-18T17:24:29+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Trolls, Fanboys and Lurkers: Improving Online Commenting Culture

"Do you call that a haircut? I hope you didn't pay for it." "Oh please this is rubbish, you're a disgrace to yourself and your profession." These are just two examples of comments that have followed articles I have written in my career. While they may seem benign compared with the sort of violent and [...]

By |2018-06-07T19:36:46+00:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Dark Web Handbook

Brett Lee, a former undercover internet detective and police office of 22 years, is passionate about keeping parents and guardians informed about the risks facing children in the online world. Now the founder of the child safety organisation Internet Safe Education, Brett keeps his audiences informed of new technologies and trends to keep children out [...]

By |2018-06-04T13:52:20+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments