Children now spend more time on the internet than watching television, according to a survey of young Australians aged six to 13.
In 2016 kids spent an average of 12 hours a week online compared to 10.5 hours spent in front of the TV.
While television was still the number one entertainment of choice at home, internet use was expected to surpass TV in the next two years.
The results correlated with the increased use of mobile and tablet devices by children outside the home such as at school, on the bus, or when “out and about”.
About three-quarters of the children surveyed regularly used tablets, while 74 per cent of 12 to 13-year-olds surfed the web via a mobile phone.
Kids and their devices
- 74 per cent of children aged six to 13 use a tablet.
- 20 per cent of six to seven-year-olds use mobile phones; 2 per cent have their own phone.
- 74 per cent of 12 and 13-year-olds use mobile phones.
- Around 95 per cent of households with children have a computer.
via Kids now spending more time online than watching television, survey shows – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah mother is speaking out about the disturbing trend called Sextortion, where people online use personal pictures to blackmail victims.
Cindy George’s 21-year old son Jake Curtis died by suicide after becoming a victim of one such scam.
He was a month away from graduating from Utah Valley University. He wanted to be a teacher like his mom, but all that changed when he met a girl on Facebook in October 2015.
via Utah mother shares experience of son who died by suicide after ‘sextortion’ scam | fox13now.com
Keeping children safe while they are using their gadgets is very important to parents and grandparents alike. There are numerous inappropriate apps and websites out there that you wouldn’t want a child to be using.
We also need to worry about cyberbullying, online predators, sexting, and even the risk of internet addiction. One way to know what your teenager is up to is to take a look at what they are texting to others. However, monitoring those text messages won’t always tell the entire story.
via Top Story: Secret “sexting” codes kids are using | Komando.com
Teachers in Nottinghamshire are the first in the country to receive training on how to combat ‘sexting’ – as it was revealed children as young as seven sending explicit messages.
Children sending explicit pictures or messages is said to be a major problem in the county’s secondary schools – and even in some primary schools too.
Today, teachers across Nottinghamshire became the first in England to receive training to let them know what to do when they discover cases of sexting – and to prevent it from happening in the first place.
via Nottinghamshire school children as young as SEVEN are ‘sexting’ | Nottingham Post
As Facebook, the social network with 1.7 billion users, has come under fire for how it has handled its editorial role as a “media” company, it is also trying to launch more ways for people to control their experience on the platform. Today the company unveiled a redesigned Safety Center, now localised into 50 languages, aimed at helping people set their privacy controls on Facebook’s social networking platform; and it has updated its Bullying Prevention Hub that Facebook says now has some 60 partners involved to make its tools more accessible.
Those partners include the likes of Childnet International, Connect Safely (an online forum for teens and their parents), and the Family Safety Online Institute.
via Facebook expands Safety Center to 50 languages, doubles down on bullies with 60 partners | TechCrunch
This month, in partnership with Family Channel, TELUS WISE is launching webisodes and PSAs to promote positive online behaviours; advocate for bullying prevention; and promote online resources for Canadian tweens and teens.
#TELUSWISE will continue to do all they can to help our younger generations develop the skills to protect themselves online, while also raising awareness about mental health issues to ensure kids feel secure asking for help in times of crisis.
Link – https://wise.telus.com/en/rise-above/
“As a father, seeing that video about Amanda Todd breaks my heart,” he said. “The reason that I use Amanda Todd is because she was their age. They are just like her. The things that she liked, they liked. The things they want to do, she did. It is important for them to understand that this could happen to one of their peers and it is easier for them to understand that it could possibly happen to them.”
via Students get lesson on online safety, ‘sexting’ – Seguin Gazette: News
Carol Todd remembers a time when teenagers’ insults were written on the bathroom wall or a piece of paper and could be washed away or torn to shreds.
It was a time when bullying was a schoolyard event, when the trials and tribulations of adolescence stopped at your bedroom door and that room was a refuge from the outside world.
No more. Now bullying has become a wider and more enduring problem through the use of technology and social media, says Todd.
“Something physical or face-to-face could happen at school and then they come home, turn on their devices and, boom, it’s right there — pictures, videos, words, the story. And it isn’t just one-to-one anymore. It’s one-to-100,000.”
via Sponsored Content: How working together can help keep kids safe from digital dangers | National Post
“SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”
via Screenagers Movie | Growing up in the digital age