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An Online Decency Moderator’s Advice: Blur Your Eyes

"When I left, I didn't shake anyone's hand for three years. I'd seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn't want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity." Roz Bowden is talking about her time as a content moderator at MySpace, viewing the very worst the internet could throw at her [...]

By |2018-10-15T12:55:58+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Push for Schools to Teach Cyber Safety

Australia's e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant has called for all students to be taught about cyber safety at school after the latest data showed one-in-five young people are victims of online bullying. One-in-four complaints to the e-safety office involve direct threats of violence or harm targeting a child, she said, adding that four per cent [...]

How Online Predators Stalk Unsuspecting Kids

To those who grew up in the age of analogue, the world wide web can feel like the Wild West. With new apps being released on an almost daily basis, it’s hard for parents and teachers to keep up. Even more frightening is the possibility that our children are open to exploitation from online predators. [...]

By |2018-09-28T17:22:45+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Twitter Asks Users for Help to Crack Down on Hate Speech

Twitter on Tuesday reached out to users for help crafting a ban on comments that dehumanize people and set the stage for real-world violence. A policy change that Twitter has been working on for several months is intended to broaden hateful content restrictions at the service to include barring tweets dehumanizing people based on race, [...]

By |2018-09-28T10:42:05+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘You Coming to Papa?’ US Man Grooms Sydney Girl for Sex

A 40-year-old man from the US has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, after he groomed a 16-year-old girl from Sydney on social media to travel to New York for sex. Price was found guilty of four charges in December last year, including interstate and foreign enticement to engage in sexual activity, and attempted [...]

Sinister ‘Momo’ Online Game Linked to Two More Child Suicides

TWO child suicides in Colombia have been linked to a sinister internet game that’s been sweeping South America. Local media reports a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy took their own lives in the town of Barbosa. RCN Radio claims the two children were playing a challenge based game — believed to be the ‘Momo’ challenge [...]

Tumblr Bans Non-Consensual Creepshots and Deepfake Porn

Tumblr is to ban content that results in the "unwanted sexualisation or sexual harassment of others". The social network says this includes non-consensual "creepshots" - sexually suggestive photos of clothed victims. In addition, it said it covers "deepfake" pornography, in which computer-generated images of a subject's face are transplanted onto explicit photos or videos of [...]

By |2018-09-10T12:22:19+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sick WhatsApp ‘Momo Suicide Game’ Spreads Throughout the Internet

THE horrific Momo WhatsApp ‘suicide game’ linked to the death of at least one teen has appeared in popular online game Minecraft. The terrifying bird-woman icon associated with Momo has been added to Minecraft, an online game that is wildly popular with kids and teens. The sick icon has been added by so-called modders, people [...]

By |2018-08-20T15:05:37+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]