Kids now spending more time online than watching television, survey shows

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)

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Top Story: Secret “sexting” codes kids are using

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

Impact! How to Make a Difference (Cyberbullying) – Media Smarts and Telus

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.

Explore Impact!

via MediaSmarts News for November 18, 2016

Twitter adds new options to curb abuse, harassment

NEW YORK — Twitter, long criticized as a hotbed for online harassment, is expanding ways to curb the amount of abuse users see and making it easier to report such conduct.
Twitter said Tuesday that it is expanding a “mute” function that lets people mute accounts they don’t want to see tweets from. Now, users will be able to mute keywords, phrases and conversations they don’t want to get notifications about. Users who decide to mute things won’t see them.

via Twitter adds new options to curb abuse, harassment | CTV News

Students get lesson on online safety, ‘sexting’ – Seguin Gazette: News

“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

How working together can help keep kids safe from digital dangers | National Post

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 Movie | Growing up in the digital age

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“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