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The skills kids need to avoid getting fooled by fake news

One day your kids are learning to walk and the next they're on their own sharing Russian propaganda on YouTube and Facebook. You might think your great-uncle using an old desktop to "surf the internets" is the person at risk of accidentally spreading "fake news" on social networks, but kids these days aren't always faring [...]

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

Tech Tent: Is the Internet Bad For Us?

From encouraging suicide to giving young people an unhealthy addiction to staring at smartphones, digital technology has been accused in recent days of doing more harm than good. On Tech Tent we explore the impact of the internet on our mental health - and meet two people with different solutions for dealing with stress. In [...]

‘If You’d Seen What I’d Seen’: Chilling Message to Parents from Police

"If you'd seen what I'd seen, you would never allow your child alone in their bedroom with an internet-capable device." Detective Inspector Jon Rouse, from Queensland's Taskforce Argos which investigates internet-facilitated crimes against children, has delivered a chilling warning to parents. He was among detectives to speak in a video released by the Queensland Police [...]

By |2019-02-11T12:27:13+11:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

One in Three Australians Say They’ve Been Trolled Online

More than one in three Australians say they've experienced online harassment, which includes abusive behavior, unwanted sexual messages and intimidation, a new study from The Australia Institute has found. The survey, which asked 1557 Australian workers about online harassment and cyber hate, found more than one in three were targeted - the equivalent of 8.8 [...]

By |2019-02-04T11:37:59+11:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Death Of The Private Self: How Fifteen Years of Facebook Changed the Human Condition

In 2004, the social network site was set up to connect people. But now, with lives increasingly played out online, have we forgotten how to be alone? "Thefacebook is an online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges. We have opened up Thefacebook for popular consumption at Harvard University. You can use Thefacebook [...]

By |2019-02-04T11:27:39+11:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety, Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Social Media Should Have ‘Duty of Care’ Towards Kids, UK MPs Urge

Social media platforms are being urged to be far more transparent about how their services operate and to make “anonymised high-level data” available to researchers so the technology’s effects on users — and especially on children and teens — can be better understood. The calls have been made in a report by the UK parliament’s [...]

‘Everybody is a Potential Target’: Fake-Porn Videos Weaponised to Harass Women

The video showed the woman in a pink off-the-shoulder top, sitting on a bed, smiling a convincing smile. It was her face. But it had been seamlessly grafted, without her knowledge or consent, onto someone else's body: a young pornography actress, just beginning to disrobe for the start of a graphic sex scene. A crowd [...]

By |2019-01-07T15:56:49+11:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sex Education Needs to Evolve to Keep Pace with Trends like Sexting, Experts Say

Research published this year suggests one in seven teenagers have sent explicit texts and one in four have received them. It prompted the Australian Medical Association to overhaul its youth outreach program, Dr YES (Youth Education Session), to include more up-to-date information about sexting and health. The program involves medical students visiting high schools for [...]

By |2018-12-17T14:29:16+11:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Middle School Misfortunes Then and Now, One Teacher’s Take

I started teaching in 2009. At that time, public school was very much the way I remembered it. That’s not the case anymore. Smartphones and social media have transformed students into creatures craving one thing: content. It’s a sad state of affairs. But there’s hope. Over the last few years, my students have become increasingly [...]

Where Kids Find Hate Online

Hate speech is all over the internet. Fueled by trolls, extremists, false information, and a group mentality, this kind of cruelty against a religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, race -- or anything, really -- has reached a fever pitch. And while some kids will be attacked, and some may be swept up in the powerful [...]