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Childline: More Children Seeking Help for Loneliness

Childline has seen a 14% rise in the number of children contacting the charity about loneliness. In 2017/18, the charity delivered 4,636 counselling sessions on loneliness, compared to 4,063 the year before. Nearly 80% of sessions went to girls. Some said watching their friends socialise without them on social media made them feel increasingly isolated. This [...]

Feeding the Trolls? – The Roles and Benefits of Online Trolling

New University of Canterbury research into the behaviour of online trolls has revealed the many actors involved and a surprising number of benefits to trolling – and not just for the trolls. When University of Canterbury (UC) doctoral student Maja Golf-Papez left a marketing career in Slovenia to start her research into mischief-making consumer behaviours [...]

By |2018-07-09T10:41:35+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Trolls, Fanboys and Lurkers: Improving Online Commenting Culture

"Do you call that a haircut? I hope you didn't pay for it." "Oh please this is rubbish, you're a disgrace to yourself and your profession." These are just two examples of comments that have followed articles I have written in my career. While they may seem benign compared with the sort of violent and [...]

By |2018-06-07T19:36:46+00:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2018-03-12T14:22:35+00:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Sarahah: Anonymous App Dropped From App Stores After Bullying Accusations

A wildly popular anonymous messaging app has been removed from the Apple and Google stores after accusations that it has been facilitating bullying. But the company's chief executive denies the claims and says the app isn't meant to be used by younger teens. Katrina Collins was appalled by the anonymous messages her 13-year-old daughter was [...]

By |2018-03-05T14:00:57+00:00March 1st, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Oz Poll Reveals Alarming Impact of Online Abuse Against Women

New research by Amnesty International has revealed the alarming impact that abuse and harassment on social media are having on women in Australia, with women reporting stress, anxiety, or panic attacks as a result of these harmful online experiences. The organisation commissioned an Ipsos MORI online poll which looked at the experiences of 502 women [...]

By |2018-02-09T15:57:52+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

UNICEF Calls For Urgent Action to Protect Children Online

As more than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – a new child every half second – UNICEF, the UN Children’s Agency, warned today that digital access means they are exposed not only to a wealth of benefits and opportunities, but also to a host of risks and harms. These risks [...]

By |2018-02-12T09:51:53+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

NSPCC Calls for Immediate Action on Children’s Online Safety

A children's charity has criticised the UK government for failing to implement proposals to make young people safer online - 10 years after they were made in a government-commissioned report. The NSPCC says 11 of the 38 proposals were ignored and seven were partially implemented - four are now out of date. It says a [...]

By |2018-02-05T11:36:29+00:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Parents Can Do More to Stop Cyber Bullying

In Australia 25 per cent of our children currently experience bullying and 33 per cent experience an online threat. We see the extreme outcomes of cyber bullying, in cases like the tragic death of Amy "Dolly" Everett, but what exactly are these kids going through? One case I've worked on involved a teenage girl who [...]

By |2018-01-29T16:21:25+00:00January 29th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Cyber-bullying Campaign Launched After Suicide of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett

A 14-year-old girl from a well-known Northern Territory cattle family who took her own life last week has been remembered by her family as a "kind, caring and beautiful soul" as they launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of bullying and harassment. The family of Amy "Dolly" Everett, who was once the face [...]

By |2018-01-15T14:17:00+00:00January 15th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Suicide|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments