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Online abuse: teenagers might not report it because they often don’t see it as a problem

Protecting children from harm online is high on the political agenda right now. The UK government has set out plans to make social media companies legally responsible for protecting users, and MPs have criticised social media platforms for relying on users to report abuse. This is a serious problem, especially if people who come across [...]

By |2019-05-13T18:39:51+11:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Social Media|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Technology and learning in the classroom: six tips to get the balance right

Australia was one of the first countries in the world to have more computers than students in schools. But as the numbers of computers and other technological devices increased, student performance did not. The days of cramming computers into classrooms and expecting improvements in learning are numbered. Some argue there’s little evidence to justify investment [...]

By |2019-04-18T16:23:26+11:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Teens have less face time with their friends – and are lonelier than ever

Ask a teen today how she communicates with her friends, and she’ll probably hold up her smartphone. Not that she actually calls her friends; it’s more likely that she texts them or messages them on social media. Today’s teens – the generation I call “iGen” that’s also called Gen Z – are constantly connected with [...]

By |2019-03-25T11:20:02+11:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A guide for parents and teachers: what to do if your teenager watches violent footage

The world is reeling in the aftermath of the horrific shootings in Christchurch. The attack has also raised a number of side issues, including the ethics of broadcasting the live stream of the attack, which was later shared on other platforms. As social media is fast becoming the favoured news source among young people, concerns [...]

Tim Berners-Lee: ‘Stop web’s downward plunge to dysfunctional future’

Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC. He made the comments in an exclusive interview to mark 30 years since he submitted his proposal for the web. Sir Tim said people had realised how their data could be "manipulated" [...]

By |2019-03-18T16:36:21+11:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Student Wellbeing Program A Review

Generation Next ‘s first Student and Youth Wellbeing Program of 2019 was a huge success. The beautiful creative confines of the Casula Powerhouse Performing Arts Centre provided a backdrop for a day of wellbeing education. It wasn’t just the excellent students from local schools that got to participate, but also more than ten thousand teens [...]

Tech Tent: Is the Internet Bad For Us?

From encouraging suicide to giving young people an unhealthy addiction to staring at smartphones, digital technology has been accused in recent days of doing more harm than good. On Tech Tent we explore the impact of the internet on our mental health - and meet two people with different solutions for dealing with stress. In [...]

Instagram to Scrub its Site of all Graphic Self-Harm Images Following Teenage Girl’s Suicide

The social media site Instagram has said it will remove all graphic self-harm images following the death of a British teenager. The parents of Molly Russell, 14, said she committed suicide in 2017 after she viewed distressing material about depression and suicide. Her family saw the posts when they inspected her Instagram use after her [...]

So Your Child Wants to Be a Youtuber, What Now?

Not that long ago, the height of ambition for many children was to be a children's television presenter. Then there was a brief period when everyone wanted to be an X Factor star. Okay, we may mourn the days when children dreamt about becoming firemen and astronauts, but all of this sounds quaint now that [...]

By |2019-02-11T14:08:47+11:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Instagram: Beware of Bad Influencers…

The sun-drenched beaches of Exuma gleamed as brightly as the skin of the world-famous supermodels stretched out on yachts or dancing around flickering fires in the promotional video for Fyre, the glamorous music festival turned shambles turned scam that became the subject of the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. The likes [...]