How schools get their classroom social media privacy rights, right?

Classroom management apps like SeeSaw and Class Dojo are commonplace in our classrooms. The apps are mainstream, supercharging their use are enthusiastic teachers seeking to innovate, claw back time and establish a more meaningful connection between education’s ‘holy trinity’ of a student, teacher and parent. Educators love these apps, but what do we give away…

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School social media rocks bedtime reading

Social media benefits bedtime reading and storytelling. You might think that social media and bedtime reading are incompatible. This is not true at a public school in the drought-stricken town of Warialda in far north-western New South Wales.  Principal, Dan Van Velteheizen brought social media and bedtime reading together. Videoing himself in pyjamas reading a…

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Videoing your principal, it’s social media road rage

At what point do we decide it is okay to video school Principal Steve Warner, dragging a student across the playground and posting it online? This type of use of social media only hurts and destroys individuals, families and schools. It creates an undue level of scrutiny and anxiety for the student, the family, Steve…

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Sportsmen you are not porn stars, stick to your footy!

Elite sportsmen cannot swipe their way out of a selfie they sexted their way in too. The damage is done! The use of social media by elite sports organisations and their male athletes requires a rethink. Napa, Swan, Pearce, Cloke, the Burgess Brothers, Carney, Broad and so many more contribute to the long list of…

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Cyberbullying is not a sleeping giant, it’s creating havoc

It should not take the tragic suicide of 14-year-old Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett to get our attention about the catastrophic impact of bullying and it’s sibling, cyberbullying. Nor should it take the undeniable strength of her family to launch an awareness campaign in the immediate days after her death for the loss of a child is…

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Are schools using your child’s image appropriately online?

Teach Queensland struck controversy recently, not only for posting a racially offensive advertisement on Facebook but for using an image of a student without parental permission. Facebook loads 100 million hours of video each day and currently stores 250 billion photos from this year alone. What was once private is now public. Parents and schools…

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Sexting should not be the norm in professional sport

Sexting is as ever-present as the mobile device in our hands. AFL 2017 premiers Richmond Football Club are now experiencing the full impact of Nathan Broad photographing and distributing a shot of a topless woman with a premiership medal around her neck. It’s carnage, as reputations crumble by the day. As Broad took to media…

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Social media, free speech and a fair trial

It is a mantra often heard, ‘It’s my social media channel, I can say what I want. It’s freedom of speech’. Social media is dynamically changing the way in which we share an opinion and advocate a cause. Social media continues to redefine how we entertain, publish, govern, communicate, buy, swap, sell, wage war, find…

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Teen girls pursuing the perfect selfie

It’s a quest for the teenage girl to craft the perfect shot. It starts with a simple selfie. Apply a little make-up, caress the hair into position, lean forward to elevate the developing cleavage, put on some smoking eyes, pout the lips and click. Perfecting the self-portrait is done with a filter, some editing then…

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The snapchat streaker – clothes on or off?

A mother of a teenage boy approaches me and asks about ‘streaking’. A wry smile breaks out across my face as we clarify the context of the term. No, she is not talking about her son taking off his clothes and making a dash in full public view of his peers. She wants to discuss…

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