Is Your Child A Bystander or Upstander?

Bullying. Despite prevention programs in schools, funding from governments and not for profits to solve this complex problem, children and young people continue to take on roles other than perpetrator and target. They are silent witnesses to the bullying experiences of their peers online and face to face as bystanders. […]

When Does Monitoring Cross the Privacy Line?

The question of whether or not parents should monitor their children’s social media often triggers a lot of follow up questions. At what age should parents stop monitoring their child’s social media? Should they tell their child that they’re doing it, or hide it from them? It’s all too easy […]

Empathy. Walking in the Shoes of Others

In the article, ‘How to Help Teenagers Develop Empathy’ the authors direct some pertinent questions to parents: Ever feel like your teenager has little or no compassion for others? Do they find it hard to see things from another person’s point of view? Do you struggle to get your adolescent […]

Media Balance & Wellbeing

Unlike ‘happiness’ which is often short-lived, our sense of wellbeing is a complex combination of social, personal and environmental factors. With technology playing such a significant role in our daily lives, it too impacts on our wellbeing to the point that digital wellbeing has been identified as a significant issue […]

Thinking About Inking the Digital Tattoo?

“In the future, your digital footprint will carry far more weight than anything you might include on your resume.” – Chris Betcher While you’ve probably come across the term ‘digital footprint’ before, this phrase is losing popularity after a recent shift in the way that researchers, educators, and policy-makers view […]

How Gambling has Become Normalised for Teens

According to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, up to 80 per cent of 13 to 17-year olds gamble. ‘This includes gambling with friends, playing lottery tickets, raffles and sweeps’. Young people may gain access to gambling sites by accidentally clicking on a pop-up or ad, or they may deliberately choose […]