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Push for Schools to Teach Cyber Safety

Australia's e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant has called for all students to be taught about cyber safety at school after the latest data showed one-in-five young people are victims of online bullying. One-in-four complaints to the e-safety office involve direct threats of violence or harm targeting a child, she said, adding that four per cent [...]

‘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 [...]

Students Get Cyber Safety Lesson

Cyber safety was at the forefront of a presentation for McGuire College students last week. Shepparton police Leading Senior Constable Dean Lloyd and Word and Mouth project manager Jim Gow were at the school, talking to years 7, 8 and 9 students about the importance of digital safety. ‘‘The tour covers a number of different [...]

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Reality Bytes for Opponents of Digital Parenting

shutterstock Good news for parents feeling the techno-shame of exceeding the hideously outdated screen time guidelines touted by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) since 2001 -- well before digital life, as we know it, began to swipe, tap, beep, and buzz around us. Rather than attempting to squeeze screen time into just two hours [...]

Over 66% under 17s in Australia Using Smartphones for Almost a Day in a Week

A new report released by Australia’s Telstra sheds light on the rampant use of smartphones in the country by kids aged three to seventeen and according to the report over 66 per cent of these kids spend almost an entire day on a smartphone out of a week. According to the report children spend an [...]

Seeking answers on Ask.fm breeds bullying online for Australian teenagers

It is a website renowned for vicious and offensive postings with guaranteed anonymity, and yet teenagers are flocking to Ask.fm. Welcome to the new ground zero of cyberbullying for high school students. "Nothing surpasses Ask.fm at the moment for nastiness among students. Nothing," cyber safety expert Susan McLean said. - Cosima Marriner via Seeking answers on [...]

Pretending to be a cyber-predator

Throughout June I was involved in a project with channel nine to highlight the fact that if we are part of the digital world we already will most likely have a large amount of personal information online and if other users wish to gain access to that information, whether directly or indirectly, it's not a [...]

Last week was Safer Internet Day

It seems that the Internet is a constant source of stress for parents, particularly in regard to three main things.  Telstra released a report last week that stated Aussie kids spent on average, two hours per day online, and this was relatively high when compared to the rest of the world. The amount of time [...]

Teens say social media a positive in their lives

For the vast majority of teens, using social-media sites and texting has become a part of daily life, but they still prefer communicating face-to-face, according to a survey released Tuesday. Overall, the teens who participated in the study painted a positive picture of the influence of social media on their relationships and self-image. More than [...]