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Survey Raises Worries About how Screen Time Affects Kids’ Brains

Nearly two out of three U.S. kids spend more than two hours a day looking at screens, a new analysis of activity levels finds. And those children perform worse on memory, language and thinking tests than kids who spend less time in front of a device, the study of over 4,500 8- to 11-year-olds shows. [...]

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 [...]

Are ‘Swipe Left’ Dating Apps Bad for Our Mental Health?

Dating apps have taken the world by storm, but has the trend for swiping right or left to like or reject potential matches contributed to many people's unhappiness and low self-esteem? Following the end of her last relationship, Kirsty Finlayson, 28, did what many people do - she turned to dating apps to find love. [...]

By |2018-09-17T10:08:50+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Should You Be Worried about Gaming Supplements?

Just when you thought that the Fortnite video game was worrying enough, think again. Supplement companies are now making caffeine-loaded gaming stimulants and drinks. The most worrying thing? These companies are using popular Instagrammers to target young people. Using hashtags such as #gamersupplements #reactiontime #insomnia and #fortnite, Instagrammers are promoting the products, which claim to [...]

Terrified Parents Slammed for Not Stopping Children’s Gaming Addictions

Parents of teens who haven’t gone to school for as long as two years because of their gaming addictions have been slammed for their efforts to stop the problem behaviour. Logan Ford, profiled last night on 60 Minutes, is one of several teens in Australia confined to their bedrooms because of gaming addiction. The 14-year-old [...]

The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women

Have you ever been harassed in the street? Received a crass message on a dating app? Had a coworker make a comment about your appearance that just didn’t sit right? You’re not alone. With the #MeToo movement, it’s easy to log onto Twitter or Facebook and see just how many women are victims of sexual [...]

By |2018-08-20T17:07:34+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Finding It Hard to Focus? Maybe It’s Not Your Fault

It was the big tech equivalent of “drink responsibly” or the gambling industry’s “safer play”; the latest milestone in Silicon Valley’s year of apology. Earlier this month, Facebook and Instagram announced new tools for users to set time limits on their platforms, and a dashboard to monitor one’s daily use, following Google’s introduction of Digital [...]

Will Censuring Colleagues Who Work in Tech Save Kids From Screen Addiction? These Psychologists Think So

In 1991, a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco accused the company of targeting children with its “Joe Camel” ad campaign. The ads featured a cartoon camel character that the suit said lured children to become smokers. Six years later, the company settled out of court and voluntarily ended the Joe Camel campaign. This week, a [...]

By |2018-08-13T11:23:10+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|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 [...]