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Facebook Ignored Kids’ Spending Problems, Internal Documents Reveal

A trove of internal documents have revealed how Facebook was concerned children were spending large amounts on in-app payments without parents’ permission - but seemingly chose not to act. Discussions showed the firm decided not to implement certain safeguards as it might affect overall revenues from people paying for games. The documents formed part of [...]

By |2019-02-04T10:25:16+00:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Social Media, Teens and the Direct Link to Depression

A new study from the U.K. examined the link between social media use and depression-type symptoms in almost 11,000 14-year-olds. Researchers found that girls were two times more likely to be depressed than boys, primarily because of cyberbullying and harassment issues. Why are the results of this study so surprising? Almost 40 percent of the [...]

We Finally Started Taking Screen Time Seriously in 2018

At the beginning of this year, I was using my iPhone to browse new titles on Amazon when I saw the cover of “How to Break Up With Your Phone” by Catherine Price. I downloaded it on Kindle because I genuinely wanted to reduce my smartphone use, but also because I thought it would be [...]

Can AI Train Forensic Interviewers to Unlock Child Trauma?

Forensic interviews are intended to gather evidence from minors who may have information about a crime under investigation. But many children who have been traumatized—often by those in a position of (supposed) care and authority—are unable to express, or explain, what has happened to them. Even highly trained professionals are at times ill-equipped to decode [...]

By |2019-01-25T15:41:05+00:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Students Find ‘Workarounds’ for School Phone Bans

A Department of Education review of smartphone policies around the world has found that students manage to find "workarounds" when devices are banned at school - yet the NSW government has prohibited phones in primary schools. The Department's review of the evidence on phones in classrooms notes that schools across Australia and around the world [...]

Porn making teen boys ‘impotent’

Teenage boys as young as 16 are experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction due to excessively viewing violent and hardcore pornography, an expert has revealed. And the ready access to porn on every device at any time of the day is teaching dangerous lessons about what healthy sexual relationships should be like. Psychologist and writer Collett [...]

By |2019-01-14T20:42:33+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Memes are Taking the Alt-Right’s Message of Hate Mainstream

Think of an internet meme and you’ll probably smile. The most memorable viral images are usually funny, from Distracted Boyfriend to classics like Grumpy Cat. But some memes have a much more sinister meaning. They might look as innocuous as a frog, but are in fact symbols of hate. And as memes have become more [...]

By |2019-01-14T19:13:01+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Tech Giants Need to Take more Responsibility for the Advertising that Makes Them Billions

Last week I was followed around the Internet by a pair of shoes. I had looked at them online as a gift for my father-in-law, but he didn’t like them, and neither did I. Yet no matter what site I visited, there they were, staring at me in their full moccasin glory. Digital advertising can [...]

By |2019-01-14T19:13:32+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Could smartphones be making us more stupid?

Smartphones. Facebook. Reality TV. It’s easy to look at our changing world and come to the following conclusion: we’re all getting stupid. That’s not the case. In fact, over the last century, the average Australian IQ has dramatically increased. Compared to Australians who lived 100 years ago, we’re a nation of geniuses. But now, some [...]

By |2019-01-14T20:06:37+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

‘Everybody is a Potential Target’: Fake-Porn Videos Weaponised to Harass Women

The video showed the woman in a pink off-the-shoulder top, sitting on a bed, smiling a convincing smile. It was her face. But it had been seamlessly grafted, without her knowledge or consent, onto someone else's body: a young pornography actress, just beginning to disrobe for the start of a graphic sex scene. A crowd [...]

By |2019-01-07T15:56:49+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments