‘We have a fundamental issue in the UK that there are many parents who choose for whatever reason to allow it,’ he told the communications committee of the House of Lords.
‘They know their children are on Facebook. Often they have helped their children get on to Facebook. That is very, very hard, when that happens, for us to know that person is not the age they say they are.’
Mr Milner said Facebook knew many under-13s were using its service but warned there was no easy solution. ‘When millions of parents are making that decision, how can we enforce it?’ he said.
MediaSmarts has created the Impact! How to Make a Difference When You Witness Bullying Online program: a suite of resources for youth, parents, and teachers to support witnesses to cyberbullying. The program, which launched as part of Bullying Awareness Week (Nov. 13 – 19) was funded by TELUS.
The resources include:
· A step-by-step, online interactive decision-making tool that helps students choose effective strategies for intervening in different cyberbullying situations;
· A classroom lesson that supports the decision-making tool, with additional role-playing activities for students;
· A parents’ guide, Helping Our Kids Navigate Cyberbullying, to help parents better support their kids if they’re targets of or witnesses to cyberbullying; and
· A series of printable posters for the classroom that promote low-risk ways of intervening when students witness cyberbullying.
All of these resources build upon the findings from Young Canadians’ Experiences with Online Bullying, a 2015 study conducted by MediaSmarts and PREVNet and funded by TELUS. The research aimed to discover three things: what are the barriers to witness intervention in cyberbullying? What incentives can increase the likelihood of witness intervention? And which interventions are more or less likely to have a positive outcome? The findings informed the development of the Impact! program, which provides advice to youth, families, and educators for effective intervening in cyberbullying situations.
Research at Cardiff University found 72% of children have at least one portable media device in their sleep environment.
Such devices are said to impact on the duration and quality of sleep, which can lead to health problems.
Dr Ben Carter from the university’s School of Medicine said sleep was important for development.
He said their study was the first to consolidate results across existing research and provides “further proof of the detrimental effect” media devices can have on children’s sleep.
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.
Last month, the documentary Audrie & Daisy arrived on Netflix. It tells the story of the sexual assault of two teenage girls, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman. While each girl has a unique story, they share a common experience in the stigma, shame, and harassment they receive in response to their assault and the role technology plays in each of their stories.
“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.”