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its complicated

Part 1 – ‘It’s Complicated: The social Lives of Networked Teens’ – What I loved

‘It is common for people to label anything unfamiliar as dangerous, and social media platforms and gaming devices are no exception.’

its complicated

Part 2 – ‘It’s Complicated’ – My disagreements with Danah Boyd

In an ideal world our digital persona would not have any effect on the views of employers, friends or colleagues, but no matter how much we hypothesize that this should not be the case pressing the delete button will not alter human conduct.

28 days

febfast digital – I’m in, are you?

Let’s face it, if your day starts and ends with checking Facebook (or emails), then perhaps 28 days of mindfulness around technology is for you?

youth wellbeing

Teens and Pornography

“Parents should assume that their children will see porn,” Dr Flood said.

“And parents should begin the conversations with their children so that when they do, they’re more likely to say ‘this is rubbish’ or ‘this is sexist’, or ‘this doesn’t teach me what I need to know about sex’.”

madiba and Aaron Block

The day Madiba changed a young boy’s life

How do you describe the moment when this name exploded into your consciousness and challenged everything you ever knew, about race? Not simply because of the name, but because of the character, the forgiveness, the humility, the humanness, that this name personified.

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#selfies at funerals

What is the difference between self-expression and self-promotion?

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How much time should children spend with media?

Despite all of the new technology, many parents still seem to have few rules about use of media by their children and adolescents. In a recent study, two-thirds of children and teenagers reported that their parents have “no rules” about time spent with media. (Wow!)


10 Tips for supporting children through trauma – NSW bushfires

Children often ask the adults in their lives to explain what they have seen and to reassure them about what will happen next.

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Keeping Kids Safe on Instagram – Guest post

Something weird just happened. My phone notified me that someone I don’t know “took a photo” of me on Instagram.
I opened the app and found that one of the students from my Home Room class has Instagrammed our recent class photo and tagged me in it.


#selfies – You are worth more than the sum total of your ‘likes’

The numerical value of all their ‘likes’, ‘followers’ and ‘friends’, do not present an accurate picture of the quality of their social experiences, the total of their abilities or a reflection of their worth.


Why technology needs to be out of bedrooms

I am not implying that every child is a suicide risk, or that every parent needs to hang over their child’s shoulder all afternoon.

However, every child will have access to some form of bullying behaviour, other online content and myriad discussions, yet no one knows our children like we do. We can monitor body language, conversations and content, far better in the lounge room than when hidden behind a closed door.

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It’s about teaching boys AND girls mutual respect

There are currently hundreds of articles demanding that young men respect young women – and so they should (I have written, and will continue to write, these myself). Such posts are flooded with approving comments likes and shares. Indeed, because for too long, our daughters have been expected to serve simply as brainless eye candy for many men.

However, something has become blindingly apparent, and this is the major point being missed