Finding the ‘good’ in social media

It’s a frantic phone call from a good friend, Trudy. ‘Can you help me with my Facebook Profile? I have three accounts, and since purchasing my new phone, I can only access one. It only has one friend! I would like to be able to receive my birthday wishes on the correct account and delete…

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Building Social Media Bridges for Generations

We are quick to judge negatively the use of technology by younger generations. As a university student in the late 80s, walking into the pit of a lecture theatre and staring at the elevating pitch of chairs was a great experience. Fast forward 27 years, ‘plugging-in’ for a guest lecture about the impact of social…

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Dealing with the Dark Side of Social Media

‘Teen boy allegedly sexually assaulted drunk girl while mate filmed attack’ is a fearful reminder that parents and schools hold a responsibility to identify social media risk and help teens understand the implications of their online actions. In no way is a man raping a woman ever okay. To video such acts and then distribute them…

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How can a school honour tragedy online?

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

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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 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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Schools can successfully embrace social media

Social Remediation distils Peter’s five years of working with over 250 schools in Australia and internationally, as well as with Cyber Safe Kids, and non profits, to roll out best practice social media programs for schools and their students. “The stories we hear about schools and social media tend to focus on the negatives like…

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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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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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