Category Archives: human capital

Studies in how social media communications impacts human groups and the everyday world of social interaction – Professor Peter Sutton [ writer, author, public speaker, educator and social media consultant]

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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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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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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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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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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School social media success – it’s in your team

Shop floor shoes jive, as a tennis ball is struck back and forth over the border of a handball court. Teachers scurry with books, papers and smoking cups in hand. The cadence of each stride resonates with the impending start of morning classes. Teachers quip and affirm their daily organisation on the run. The new…

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Social media: parent salvation and the blues

On a Monday night, a 200 strong crowd enthusiastically seated themselves at a school in the New South Wales City of Bathurst. The panel of social researcher, Hugh Mackay, comedian Tim Ferguson, children’s author Mini Goss and poet Stephen Herrick were the key attractions. The crowd physically seating themselves in the room, teens to the…

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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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