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Fortnite Addiction is Forcing Kids into Video Game Rehab

Debbie Vitany is fighting a losing battle against Fortnite. Her 17-year-old son, Carson, has been logging 12 hours a day on the video game, searching for weapons and resources in a post-apocalyptic world where the goal is being the last person standing. Teachers complain he falls asleep in class and his grades have plummeted. "We'd [...]

By |2018-12-07T14:43:44+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Ensure Your Child Grows up a ‘Healthy Gamer’

Children have endless access to video games via their devices and consoles, and for many it has become a key activity in their daily routine. According to the Digital Australia Report 2018, an astounding 97 per cent of homes with children have access to computer games and 60 per cent of households have five or [...]

By |2018-12-07T14:09:30+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Logged Off: Meet the Teens Who Refuse to Use Social Media

For 17-year-old Mary Amanuel, from London, it happened in Tesco. “We were in year 7,” she remembers, “and my friend had made an Instagram account. As we were buying stuff, she was counting the amounts of likes she’d got on a post. ‘Oooh, 40 likes. 42 likes.’ I just thought: ‘This is ridiculous.’” Isabelle, an 18-year-old student [...]

By |2018-12-07T13:46:20+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sexting Law Changes to Protect Consenting Teens from Criminal Convictions

Sexting among teens could be considered legal in some cases under new laws aimed to reduce the risk of consenting children being convicted of possessing child pornography. The changes will reduce the risk that children engaging in "normal sexual development and experimentation among teenagers" becoming criminalised, the Government said. The laws also provide a "similar [...]

By |2018-12-03T14:49:36+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘Warped Views on Reality’: Private Schools are Banning Mobile Phones

Newington College has joined a growing number of schools banning mobile phones, saying they lead to lower concentration, higher stress and "warped views on reality". The inner west school told students to keep phones in their lockers from the beginning of term four after an attempt to encourage boys to use them responsibly failed. But [...]

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 [...]

Eyes on WA school students accused of sex offences

Dozens of WA school students have been convicted or accused of sex offences and need to be monitored under risk assessment management plans, Education Minister Sue Ellery has revealed. She told a hearing at State Parliament last week there were 72 students under RAMPs. “The department has been notified about 72 cases where students are [...]

By |2018-11-20T10:29:04+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Violence towards women in the video game Red Dead Redemption 2 evokes toxic masculinity

-Jessamy Henricksen, CQUniversity Australia and Dr Marika Guggisberg, CQUniversity Australia It’s common practice in the world of gaming for serious video game players to upload videos of their gaming experiences to YouTube, usually for purposes of providing tips to other gamers, walkthroughs and highlights. Last month, the YouTube channel “Shirrako” uploaded a video capture of [...]

By |2018-11-20T10:27:34+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Technology, Uncategorized, Video|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why Facebook is so Hard to Resist

Why is social media such a hard habit to break? Because it makes us feel good, said Michigan State University's Allison Eden, assistant professor in the Department of Communication. She and researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, conducted two studies of frequent and less frequent Facebook users. They found even [...]

By |2018-11-12T11:41:42+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments