Another school has banned mobile phones but research shows bans don’t stop bullying or improve student grades

Joanne Orlando, Western Sydney University This week, one Sydney high school made headlines for banning mobile phones during school hours. Phones can come to school but must stay in locked pouches allowing teachers to “focus on educating students”. This follows other recent phone bans at both public and private schools around Australia. In 2020, Victoria [...]

By |2022-08-15T11:36:24+10:00August 15th, 2022|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Education|Tags: |0 Comments

Child sex offenders preying on Australian boys for money

The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) is warning that Australia is seeing a global trend in the crime of sexual extortion, with a spike in the number of Australian boys being preyed on by international sex offenders, who are grooming them into producing explicit images and then extorting them for money. The ACCCE [...]

By |2022-06-20T11:26:50+10:00June 20th, 2022|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture|Tags: |0 Comments

How to encourage cyber-safe behaviour at work without becoming the office grouch

Nathalie Collins, Edith Cowan University; Jeff Volkheimer, Duke University, and Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University Business etiquette has one golden rule: treat others with respect and care. The same is true for encouraging cyber safety at work, on everything from password security to keeping valuable information like tax file numbers safe. But how can you [...]

By |2021-03-18T09:38:36+11:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

Calls for Twitch to Police ‘Sexual Streaming’

Scroll through the In Real Life (IRL) section of streaming site Twitch and you could be forgiven for thinking, now and then, that you have landed on a camgirl site. Scattered among the artists, cooks and professional eaters are a growing band of young women wearing revealing clothing while they game. Some go further and [...]

By |2021-02-22T16:51:55+11:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Young people are exposed to more hate online during COVID. And it risks their health

Joanne Orlando, Western Sydney University COVID has led to children spending more time on screens using social networks, communication apps, chat rooms and online gaming. While this has undoubtedly allowed them to keep in touch with friends, or connect with new ones, during the pandemic, they are also being exposed to increased levels of online [...]

By |2021-02-25T15:53:50+11:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety, Social Media|0 Comments

Examining the extent, nature and impact of tech-facilitated abuse

Technology-facilitated abuse refers to the use of mobile, internet and surveillance technologies in interpersonal harms, such as online sexual harassment, stalking, partner violence, and image-based abuse. Australian research has shown that technology-facilitated abuse is a growing problem – in particular, as a tool used by perpetrators in violence against women. Our previous collaborative research into image-based [...]

By |2020-09-22T15:29:33+10:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

Media reporting on mental illness, violence and crime needs to change

Anna Ross, University of Melbourne; Elizabeth Paton, University of Newcastle, and Michelle Blanchard, University of Melbourne The media is a key source of information about mental illness for the public, and research shows media coverage can influence public attitudes and perceptions of mental ill-health. But when it comes to complex mental illnesses such as psychosis [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:38:48+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Still think yours is secure?

Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University and Brianna O'Shea, Edith Cowan University Passwords have been used for thousands of years as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times, to computers. It’s a simple concept – a shared piece of information, kept secret between individuals and used to “prove” identity. Passwords in [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:30:48+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

New research shows trolls don’t just enjoy hurting others, they also feel good about themselves

Evita March, Federation University Australia There is an urgent need to understand why people troll. Recent Australian estimates show about one in three internet users have experienced online harassment. Across several research studies, I have attempted to construct the psychological profile of those who trolls to harm others. In my most recent study, conducted with [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:23:24+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

Is cancel culture silencing open debate? There are risks to shutting down opinions we disagree with

Hugh Breakey, Griffith University Feature image: Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Earlier this week, 150 high-profile authors, commentators and scholars signed an open letter in Harper’s magazine claiming that “open debate and toleration of differences” are under attack. Signatories included JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Gloria Steinem and Noam Chomsky. While prefacing their comments with support [...]

By |2020-07-14T13:59:32+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments