Despite emerging research into the issue, grooming remains “difficult to identify and define”. One definition that is generally agreed upon is that child grooming is the ‘befriending and establishing of an emotional connection with a child, and sometimes the family to gain their trust and to lower the child’s inhibitions […]
Many of us are familiar with the concept of bullying in one way or another, yet we seem to lack a shared understanding of what exactly constitutes bullying behaviour, especially in the context of online bullying. Bullying has always been a pervasive youth problem, but only recent generations have been […]
Fact: 8% of 8 to 9 year-olds have communicated online with people they didn’t know.
Answering the question of why age restrictions for social media are so important entails consideration of two major things: the sheer amount of content that can be seen and shared on social media, and the permanence of the decisions young people make on social media. Social media represents a virtual […]
If you’re a parent and you’re trying to establish cyber safety rules and regulations for your child, you may feel like every new piece of advice you get undermines the previous ones. In situations like this, all a parent can really do is go with their gut and follow the […]
The Australian Psychological Society [APS] has published guidelines for parents, caregivers and teachers as they and the children and young people in their care deal with the aftermath of the bushfires in Australia. ‘Distressing events like tragic accidents in your local area, or that took place in familiar places like […]
The question of whether or not smartphone use affects mental health is multi-layered and complex. Smartphones themselves can affect an individual’s mental health (both negatively and positively) regardless of whether or not that individual has a smartphone addiction.
The digital world offers a whole new set of challenges for parents. Fortunately, parents can help children understand and manage the risks of going online, so they can mitigate potential dangers such as privacy breaches, cyberbullying, stalking and exposure to inappropriate content. This article provides parents with 6 practical online […]
Schools holidays often bring with them the contentious dilemma for parents about deciding when it’s OK to leave their children home alone. In Australia, Queensland is the only state that specifies that a child must not be left alone if they are under the age of 12. The Federal law […]
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. […]