How do schools honour tragedy online?

The weekend news speeds across phone screens in short, panic stricken messages over social media. Tragically 1 teen has been killed and 3 others are seriously injured from a car accident in the early hours of Sunday morning. Information is sketchy but the 4 teens attend two neighbouring high schools and are in their final…

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Principals, it’s time to own your school on social media

Without a sustainable long-term focus on social media, ‘slut shaming’ and ‘sexting’ will be cementing itself in schools and normalising in the minds of parents. When it comes to social media in schools, now more than ever principals need to take direct, strategic action. Owning a school’s online presence is not sending a member of the development…

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Parents, pornography no longer comes in a paper bag

Nor, does it come in a cellophane wrapper and our ability to understand this new landscape is important.  Pornography is online, highly accessible and proliferating. It appears with innocent search terms and provides a plethora of content with a search of intent. Accessibility to pornography is no longer on a dodgy VHS tape or a…

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Teen love online gone wrong!

Teen love, life and social media are inextricable. It is a difficult conversation to be part of, listening to the distress of a parent genuinely at a loss on how to support their teenage daughter. The parent explains the budding face-to-face relationship between his daughter Diane and Jack has gone online and gone wrong. This time through…

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Teen social media sex auctions. Can we help?

Social media can potentially erode the social and moral values of our lives. It is embedding into our culture with the speed, reach and popularity of a viral video. Headlines such as, “Bullying among children on the rise” and “Teen parties in 2016: naked selfies and sex auctions” are two examples of recent commentary on…

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The social media crisis – ‘planning beats banning’ every time!

Police partially block the busy morning traffic as parents hurriedly drop their children at the school gates. Cars slow and adult curiosity spikes as the lights alternately flash on top of the police vehicles. People move with greater urgency than normal. Police officers move to ensure the safety of all. It is a scene that…

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Social media – is it ‘…a seething swamp of vitriol…?

‘If ever we needed proof that Twitter was a seething swamp of vitriol and abuse, this appears to be it’. This was the retort from Sydney Morning Herald journalist Hannah Francis (@han_francisco) – http://bit.ly/1RpGKHQ. Her line was in response to Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence chat bot experiment, Tay. An experiment which managed to scoop-up the ugly…

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