In their early developmental years, children don’t fully comprehend how their actions affect those around them. Their area of focus is primarily on themselves and their immediate needs. As a child grows, they become more aware of others and their needs, and have a greater capacity for emotional intelligence.
We live in a digitally and socially-connected age, now more than ever. According to the latest report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 91 percent of Australian teenagers aged 15 to 19 are using social media, with some spending up to 18 hours each week online.
5 ways to keep your child safe on the internet
The internet has grown exponentially in the past decade alone. We can now submit assessments, sign digital permission slips and take quizzes all online. Our children have grown up with the internet and may often be the ones helping us with computer problems, but that doesn’t mean they know what is and isn’t safe online.
Are young people engaging in politics?
The unfortunate truth is that the world of politics can be a confusing place for adults, let alone young people. With less experience of politics and life in general, it is true that youth are likely going to have less understanding and therefore interest in the current political climate and its effect on everyday life.
How to talk about cyberbullying with your child
From 2004 to 2016, 28 percent of students between the ages of 11 and 15 have been cyberbullied, according to research. This includes children who have been threatened online, had rumours spread about them, or experienced mean and hurtful comments or pictures of them online.
How to teach your children about social media
Social media is a fantastic tool to stay in contact with friends and easily access content you are interested in. Like everything though, it has its pros and cons.
A recent study by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at Oxford University revealed that of 515 interviewed 12 to 15 year olds, 14 percent had had a 'negative' online experience in the past year, eight percent had been contacted by strangers, almost 4 percent had seen someone pretend to be them online, two percent had seen sexual content that made them feel uncomfortable, and three percent had seen something that scared them.