Category Archives: broad concepts

The big picture behind social media. What social forces lie behind social media? What can social media tell us about Human Nature and how can we utilize this new medium of communication to upgrade human culture ? – Peter Sutton takes on board the hard questions that impact human interaction in the modern world – Peter Sutton [ writer, author, public speaker, educator and social media consultant ].

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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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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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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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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Like us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter..! Then what?

Small business retailers need to answer this question. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and #Hashtag logos are now all common place with small business retailers. They are fast becoming synonymous with the shop front window and the advertising space on an endless stream of motor vehicles. Yet, when you visit the social media channel of a small…

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Social media business success, it’s time to halt carpet bomb marketing.

Social Media is redefining our approach to how we connect and consume information. Organisations are grappling with the impact of social media transforming how they communicate internally with their colleagues and externally with their customers. It is an ongoing, rapid and dynamic shift. Some industries have been quick to realise the impact and opportunity which social…

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Social media for CEOs: You’re spooked by Twitter

Public disclosure, social media horror stories, employee issues and brand damage are all wonderful conversation blockers to the use of Twitter across a large-scale organisation. Reputation sensitivity is vitally important to a public company and how social media impacts upon this is only beginning to emerge. Yet this should not be an excuse for CEOs…

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