‘Screen time’ for kids is an outdated concept, so let’s ditch it and focus on quality instead

Kate Highfield, Australian Catholic University It is school holidays in Australia and, in many parts of the country, it’s also raining and bitterly cold. This means many children are stuck indoors and many parents will be grappling with how much “screen time” their kids are having. As as early childhood researcher and parent to a [...]

By |2022-07-15T15:13:52+10:00July 15th, 2022|Categories: Education, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

Children and screens – making it through the holidays

By Catherine Draper, University of the Witwatersrand It comes as no surprise that children are spending more time watching screens as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and caregivers in many parts of the world – including South Africa, where I have done research on children’s healthy behaviours – have had a hard time [...]

By |2021-12-15T12:36:12+11:00December 15th, 2021|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Screen Use, Social Media, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

Data protection is a mental health issue for young people

By Dr Piers Gooding, Dr Rys Farthing and Emily Painter  In 2018, a Melbourne high school mistakenly released the personal digital records of hundreds of students. Among the records were details of students’ “mental health conditions, medications, learning and behavioural difficulties”. This was bad enough but globally breaches of privacy like this can be much [...]

By |2021-12-06T14:15:23+11:00December 6th, 2021|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Screen Use, Social Media, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

Studies suggest no causal link between young children’s screen time and later symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity

By Maria Corkin, University of Auckland The possibility that screen time during early childhood could cause poorer attention later in a child’s life is a major concern for both parents and researchers. Earlier studies have suggested links between preschoolers’ screen time and difficulties with attention. But there is by no means consensus among the research [...]

By |2021-11-15T12:42:26+11:00November 15th, 2021|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Screen Use, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

‘Just say no’ doesn’t work for teen sex and drug use, so why rely on it for young driver education?

By Teresa Senserrick, Queensland University of Technology Human behaviour is complex. And yet approaches to road safety education are commonly far too simple, especially for young drivers. They are not only inexperienced but also biologically wired to be among those most at risk of crashing. It is time to explore a new, more proactive approach [...]

By |2021-11-08T12:55:52+11:00November 8th, 2021|Categories: Learning, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

Children live online more than ever – we need better definitions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ screen time

By Kathryn MacCallum, University of Canterbury and Cheryl Brown, University of Canterbury  The pandemic has fundamentally altered every part of our lives, not least the time we spend on digital devices. For young people in particular, the blurred line between recreational and educational screen time presents new challenges we are only beginning to appreciate. Even [...]

By |2021-10-18T12:08:48+11:00October 18th, 2021|Categories: COVID, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Screen Use, Technology, Wellbeing|Tags: |1 Comment

Instagram and its damage to teen girls’ body image

The harmful impact Instagram has on teenage girls and their negative body image perceptions may just lie in the essence of the platform itself. Dr Jasmine Fadouly, a Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, says that Instagram being an image-based platform, makes it ‘difficult to not be appearance-focused’. An internal Instagram [...]

By |2021-09-20T16:03:36+10:00September 20th, 2021|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |0 Comments

Game on: Unravelling the bright and dark sides of online gaming

Impulsivity is the tendency to act or decide quickly, without too much deliberation, usually in pursuit of short-term gratification. It’s a normal part of human behaviour (think about speeding through a yellow light or cracking a joke in a serious work meeting), but when it happens too often or too intensely, it can lead to [...]

By |2021-08-09T14:52:46+10:00August 9th, 2021|Categories: Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

Dark new frontier: In the online world, child sexual abuse is taking hold

“Stranger danger” has always been the go-to parenting mantra to let kids know to be careful with people they don’t know, especially if the “stranger” behaves inappropriately. The stereotype was the bad man in a van picking up vulnerable children off the street. But, as disturbing new research conducted at the Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical [...]

By |2021-08-09T14:51:44+10:00August 9th, 2021|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

‘Anorexia coach’: sexual predators online are targeting teens wanting to lose weight. Platforms are looking the other way

Suku Sukunesan, Swinburne University of Technology There’s no shortage of people online looking to exploit and manipulate the vulnerable among us. One such group is anorexia coaches, or “anacoaches”. They are typically middle-aged, male sexual predators who go online to find impressionable young people to exploit under the guise of providing weight-loss “coaching”. I have [...]

By |2021-08-06T13:17:15+10:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Sexual Assault, Social Media|Tags: |0 Comments