Category Archives: Social Media

Mean Games Girls Play on Boys

Guest blogger, parent and teacher Damien Atkinson-Buck writes: As a parent of a toddler, I’m fortunate that I don’t have to worry about his adventures in the cyber world for now, but I do have nieces and nephews in their early … Continue reading

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What is Ask.fm? Parents and Teachers warned: Website linked to Cyberbullying

Teens and Anonymity – they are not a good mix! I encourage parents of young teens in particular, to join this website, ask.fm and search for the names of your children. Or ask your child if they know about it. If your teen … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Teens – Keeping you in the Picture

A 2012 Report conducted by independent research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres, and commissioned by mcafeecybered.com   found that almost 80% of parents said they are having conversations with their teens about their online activities however… 66.5% of teens said their parents … Continue reading

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Have you Googled your Child’s Name?

Not many know that as well as teaching Literature I also dabble in teaching Year 7 Multimedia. One lesson I teach is a Digital Reputation class.  I start by ‘googling’ my own name and showing the class what is on the internet about me.  We talk about how they … Continue reading

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Grrr….Now Facebook has Invaded the Dinner Table!

And you, like I, thought the family dinner table was sacrosanct!  Surely the dinner table is the last bastion of family togetherness and now Facebook is challenging even that! While the family sit around at dinner table chatting about their day, a teen obsessively checks her … Continue reading

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Mum, Dad – Do you know if your child is on Kik Messenger?

What is Kik?  Is your child on it?  Do you know who your child can contact and who can contact your child?  You need to! Most parents think that their child needs a mobile to text, send and receive pictures. They feel safe in … Continue reading

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Spring Clean Facebook……Chores for the Modern Teen!

We all know that teens can ‘post’ without thinking.  Soon many who are turning 15 or above will be  searching for a part time job.  Some well-known companies ask applicants to log in to their Facebook page as part of the interview … Continue reading

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:) Like what you Hate! :( What is Hater?

Yet another new App was launched last week.  It looks a lot like Instagram. You can take a picture or upload a photo from your phone, share it with a caption, and view and respond to other posts from the Hater community. … Continue reading

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Instagram is the New Black with Tweens!

Just as parents seem to have finally got the message that their child should be off Facebook until 13 or be heavily monitored, Tweens have hijacked Instagram. The explosion of iPod Touches, iPads and the iPhone 5 (the tweens and teens get the hand … Continue reading

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SnapChat Pictures no longer Safe! Be warned!

Some time ago I wrote about SnapChat fast becoming the most downloaded app with a reputation for being sext-friendly! I hinted that teens may not use it just to post funny cat pics, and that they needed to think about where their pics may end up despite the company’s … Continue reading

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What is Wickr? A Disappearing Text Version of SnapChat? Mmmmm…how might Teens use this Magic?

Wickr is a relatively new app currently available for the iPhone but soon to be released for Android use. The makers of this app argue that our electronic communications should not be catalogued and stored forever on some distant, untraceable server. The Wickr App is free … Continue reading

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Naughty Instagram Slammed With Class Action!

This is a timely warning. Even if you are not an Instagrammer your teenager certainly is! They will have uploaded hundreds of photos of themselves. They will have signed up and ticked the Terms of Conditions box with barely a glance. … Continue reading

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Will you get off that iphone, ipad, Laptop, Play station, Wii! Managing holiday screen time for tots, tweens and teens

How many times have you said (okay, yelled) something along these lines? How many days of the holidays are left? Perhaps it is time to sit  down and make a plan. Read this eminently sensible article, by Larry Magid and … Continue reading

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Brilliant New CyberBullying Resource ‘Tagged’!

Do your teens roll their eyes when you mention cybersafety, cyberbullying and digital citizenship? So get them to watch this instead! After winning 3 international awards the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s short film Tagged has now scored top marks at home. Using drama … Continue reading

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What is Kik Messenger? Is your teen on it?

Kik describes itself as, ‘the fastest, simplest, most personal smartphone messenger out there.’ It is an app that can be downloaded onto a smart phone, an iPod, or iPad and users can text others for free. This is one of its allures! … Continue reading

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