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Teens on Digital Detox – The Shocking Results

I never realised just how damaging our obsession with smartphones and our switched-on lifestyle was, nor how addictive screen time was, until I put my teenagers on an extended digital detox. The results were swift and shocking, raising the question of just what is happening to the selfie generation and whether we have more to fear [...]

Twitter Posts May Reveal Onset of Depression

Here’s a phrase that psychiatrists will either love or hate: “State-space temporal analysis suggests that onset of depression may be detectable from Twitter data several months prior to diagnosis.” Indeed, a team of researchers from the University of Vermont, Stanford, and Harvard found that depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can often be detected by [...]

By | 2017-11-13T09:26:45+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

beyondblue App Helps Keep Exam Stress At Bay

All through her VCE year, Emma Missen felt like she was drowning. A high achiever, Ms Missen had won a scholarship to her private school and felt under pressure to perform well in the exams. Those close to her knew what she was going through, but most friends at school had no clue. "I think it would [...]

By | 2017-11-06T15:14:32+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Heard Of ‘Sextortion’? Here’s 6 Things You Need To Know To Protect Your Child

Angela Reynolds's daughter Ashley was a high school freshman in 2009 when a stranger calling himself "Captain Obvious," with a profile that made it look like he was a teenager, messaged her through social media. He claimed to to have nude pictures of her. Ashley ignored him at first, but he became more insistent, threatening [...]

By | 2017-10-30T16:13:46+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

‘Panic Button’ Mental Health App Released

An app that allows teens battling mental health issues to send an alert to a personalised support crew is set to launch. Wellington firm Melon Health, formerly Social Code, has designed and developed Code Blue to encourage youth struggling with bullying, anxiety or depression to reach out in their time of need. The app has been years in [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:29:40+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Teenagers Engaging In ‘Digital Self-Harm’

In past decades, teenagers struggling to deal with their emotions might have coped by taking a razor blade to their forearm or extinguishing cigarettes on their skin. Today’s teens, products of the internet era, have found an additional outlet. Approximately 6% of adolescents between 12 and 17 years old engage in a practice known as [...]

Boys and Gaming: Finding the Balance

Gaming on a computer or device is a wildly popular pastime for kids in Australia. In fact, 94 per cent of children between 6 and 15 play games and, while girls are fast gaining on them, gaming still remains more popular with boys. It seems that although (almost) everybody’s doing it, a lot of parents feel [...]

By | 2017-10-16T12:53:59+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Business of Addiction: How the Games Industry is Learning From Casinos

The video gaming industry has transitioned from a group of backyard innovators to an industry of multi-billion dollar companies, hiring psychologists, neuroscientists and marketing experts to turn customers into addicts. The latest trend is the creation of "whales", people so addicted to games that they spend their entire life savings to keep playing. But the video gaming industry, [...]

By | 2017-09-18T16:32:54+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Gambling, Society & Culture, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Here’s Why Facebook Shuts Down 1 Million Accounts Every Single Day

Mark Zuckerberg’s social network removes in excess of one million accounts every single day, that breach the user agreement, but is still struggling to stem the tide presented by so-called “threat actors”. This is according to Facebook’s security chief, Alex Stamos, who appeared at at conference on Wednesday evening, saying that he believes in the [...]

By | 2017-09-04T15:52:30+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

‘It Makes Me Feel Angry’: Kids Speak Out About Their Parents’ Phone Use

Many Australian parents worry about their children having too much screen time, but perhaps they should look a little closer to home. If the six- and seven-year-olds of Manor Lakes College, west of Melbourne, are anything to go by, many children feel "sad", "ignored" and "angry" about their parents' mobile phone use. "When my dad's [...]

By | 2017-08-21T15:25:00+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: , |0 Comments