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Why It’s Time To Ban Pornography

ShutterStock It is time to ban pornography. Nothing can shock us except this suggestion. We find it perfectly acceptable that smut, no matter how bestial or misogynistic, should be widely available. We even think it a moral imperative, a dictate of freedom. It does not trouble us that children can view acts of [...]

Google’s Efforts To Cultivate Safe And Responsible Digital Behaviours

Google Australians are increasingly active online, taking advantage of the economic, social and cultural benefits that the Internet offers. Australia has a healthy and promising digital economy which is set to provide further growth and opportunity1. Based on our experience, we believe that ‘over the top’ digital service providers are motivated to work [...]

Major Depression Might Be Averted By Online Help

Credit: Syda Productions/Shutter Stock People who may be sliding toward depression might be able to prevent the full-blown disorder by completing some self-help exercises online, a new study suggests. Researchers found that men and women who had some symptoms of depression and used a web-based mental health program that was supported by an [...]

Cyber Smarts – Using Social Media Wisely

Stock Photo You have access to the world’s largest museum, art gallery, library and social group ever created. You also have access to ways to expand your intelligence and your influence that your past generations could have never imagined. To gain these massive benefits you need to have your wits about you and [...]

By |2016-03-24T16:28:02+11:00March 24th, 2016|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Tackling Compulsive Gaming In Boys

Flickr/Renata Vaz I recently conducted a parenting night at Trinity Grammar School in Kew, Melbourne about Boys and Gaming. More than 450 parents turned up to find answers to the challenge of getting their boys off their devices. A parent shared with me the following: “My son is actually scaring me. I can’t even [...]

No Excuses When It Comes To Kids And Porn

Pornography is easily accessible to children online. Photo: Phil Carrick The sooner parents realise the risk their child will be exposed to pornography online is real the better. No longer is it OK, if it ever was, to say, "I don't understand tech", or "I don't use it, so I don't get it". The [...]

Online Cheating Site AshleyMadison Hacked

Ashley Madison: up to 1 million Australians could be exposed. Large caches of data stolen from online cheating site AshleyMadison.com have been posted online by an individual or group that claims to have completely compromised the company's user databases, financial records and other proprietary information. The still-unfolding leak could be quite damaging to [...]

Could We Please Stop the Moral Panic Over Social Media ‘Addiction’?

Roy Mehta via Getty Images If we learned anything from ex-Instagram model Essena O’Neill’s meta-announcement that “social media is not real life“, hopefully it was that media literacy is an essential skill that many people are still a bit crap at. Given we’re in an information age where we consume about 174 newspapers worth of knowledge daily, we’d benefit [...]

By |2015-11-30T23:10:32+11:00November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Playboy ‘To Drop’ Naked Women Images

Gettyimages Playboy magazine is to stop publishing images of naked women as part of its redesign, it has emerged. Its US owners say the internet has made nudity outdated, and pornographic magazines are no longer so commercially viable, the New York Times reports. Playboy's circulation has dropped from 5.6 million in the 1970s [...]

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 [...]