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Building Kids Social Media User Skills

Today's teens have a reputation for being accomplished, fluent, and effective social media users. But they learn these skills the way we learn most life lessons: through trial and error, by making mistakes and learning from the outcomes. While these trial-and-error experiences can be educational in many contexts, social media makes trials public and errors difficult to [...]

Teacher’s Warning to Parents

"Your kids are living in a world that you are not invited to be part of. And they know how to keep you out." That's the stark warning one teacher has issued to parents about their teens' use of social media, urging them to "wake up". Skipper Coates, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, asked her 14 [...]

Are We Raising Digital Monsters?

There is research that demonstrates that most everything you do on a screen is correlated with unhappiness, Jean Twenge told me when I first asked her whether we're raising digital monsters. Twenge, a professor of psychology and the author of the book, iGen, also noted the exact opposite to be true. Most everything you do off [...]

“I walked in on my daughter self-harming at 14. I wish I had these books to help me then.”

We're pleased to announce that Generation Next have been featured in an article in Mamamia! Here is what Mandy Nolan had to say about us and our Generation Next handbooks: When my daughter was 14 I walked in on her cutting herself. I freaked out. I screamed “What are you doing? Stop that now! Are you [...]

Turning Off is Switched On

Your home is a safe space, for you and your kids. It’s a place where you can all switch off from the outside world, forget about everything and everyone and the only people allowed in are the ones you invite. At least, it used to be. But we live in a time when everyone we [...]

Stymie Website Uncovers Self-Harm Clubs for Year 8 Students

An anonymous website where children can report harmful behaviour is uncovering self-harm clubs, drug dealing, bullying and illegal activity at an increasing rate. Former Sunshine Coast teacher Rachel Downie started Stymie several years ago to provide a safe space for bystander children to speak up without fear. After a school signs up to the program, students can [...]

5 Ways to Promote Mental Health in the Workplace with Technology

Mental illness can prove to be a silent destroyer of workplace productivity and employee happiness. US employers cough up between USD 79 and 105 billion annually to make up for the damage stemming from poor mental health and substance abuse . This can take the shape of reduced productivity, insurance spends and increased absences. In fact, mental illness is [...]

By | 2018-02-12T09:49:34+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Former Facebook and Apple Employees Team Up to Warn About Tech Addiction

A group of ex-Facebook, Google, and Apple employees have announced the formation of The Center for Humane Technology, a coalition designed to fight the growing threat of tech addiction among teens and adolescents, the New York Times reports. The coalition will first launch a campaign called The Truth About Tech. One of the main goals is [...]

By | 2018-02-12T09:50:26+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

New App for Depression Uses Artificial Intelligence

People with depression are counseled to see a therapist, but in-person therapy isn't always an option. A new chatbot app, Woebot, could be an alternative. Treating Depression According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects nearly 300 million people around the world. People of all ages can experience depression, a mental health disorder that not [...]

By | 2018-02-05T10:36:25+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Depression, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

From Distraction to Addiction

I'm sick to death of my phone and I definitely display problematic behaviours toward it. I couldn't find it the other night and spent 20 panicked minutes turning the house upside down. I think technology, and especially social media use, are the recreational drugs of the modern era. Everyone seems addicted. We can't go anywhere [...]