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Steep Rise in Child Abuse Images Online

The Internet Watch Foundation says it is finding more images of child sexual abuse online than ever before, according to its annual report. It found over 78,000 website addresses containing child sexual abuse in 2017, up from more than 57,000 in 2016. The charity actively seeks and removes these images from the net as well [...]

By | 2018-04-23T15:28:50+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Video Game Addiction Concerns Mental Health Experts

Lisa Pont, a social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, has heard plenty of skepticism about video game addiction and whether it’s truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease, as the World Health Organization plans to officially do in a couple of months. “Some people think it trivializes other [...]

By | 2018-04-13T11:55:18+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Gambling, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Building Kids Social Media User Skills

Today's teens have a reputation for being accomplished, fluent, and effective social media users. But they learn these skills the way we learn most life lessons: through trial and error, by making mistakes and learning from the outcomes. While these trial-and-error experiences can be educational in many contexts, social media makes trials public and errors difficult to [...]

Teacher’s Warning to Parents

"Your kids are living in a world that you are not invited to be part of. And they know how to keep you out." That's the stark warning one teacher has issued to parents about their teens' use of social media, urging them to "wake up". Skipper Coates, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, asked her 14 [...]

Are We Raising Digital Monsters?

There is research that demonstrates that most everything you do on a screen is correlated with unhappiness, Jean Twenge told me when I first asked her whether we're raising digital monsters. Twenge, a professor of psychology and the author of the book, iGen, also noted the exact opposite to be true. Most everything you do off [...]

No End to Negativity

Glued to screens and with nothing else in town to entertain them, Warwick youth carry their problems everywhere and there is no escape. Former Warwick State High School student and young leader Jacob Meiklejohn said many adults did not understand the unique challenges millennials faced in an age of social media. On the National Day [...]

Social Media More Harmful To Girls Than Boys

It’s no secret that social media isn’t great for mental health - studies have shown it again and again, and some of the developers of social media have sounded warnings about the addictiveness of certain features. Now, to add to the growing body of evidence on how it affects mental health, a new study finds a link between [...]

“I walked in on my daughter self-harming at 14. I wish I had these books to help me then.”

We're pleased to announce that Generation Next have been featured in an article in Mamamia! Here is what Mandy Nolan had to say about us and our Generation Next handbooks: When my daughter was 14 I walked in on her cutting herself. I freaked out. I screamed “What are you doing? Stop that now! Are you [...]

Turning Off is Switched On

Your home is a safe space, for you and your kids. It’s a place where you can all switch off from the outside world, forget about everything and everyone and the only people allowed in are the ones you invite. At least, it used to be. But we live in a time when everyone we [...]

Students Get Cyber Safety Lesson

Cyber safety was at the forefront of a presentation for McGuire College students last week. Shepparton police Leading Senior Constable Dean Lloyd and Word and Mouth project manager Jim Gow were at the school, talking to years 7, 8 and 9 students about the importance of digital safety. ‘‘The tour covers a number of different [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:22:35+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments