Author: Joanne

MC and speaker: privacy of young people growing up in the digital age

I had the privilege to be MC and speaker for an event supporting the privacy of young people growing up in the digital age. On the panel were the Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner, the ‎Australian eSafety Commissioner at Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, and 2 youth ambassadors. Great discussion! My summing up is that a screen can mediate what we think is Ok to do and say online. The anonymity of technology can influence people and industry to act differently online; at times, less ethically and less caring. A key idea we discussed was that...

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The benefits of kid’s video games

I was asked by The Conversation to reply to a 9 year old child who wanted to know why adults don’t want him to play with video games. Bo aged 9 years wrote into  and asked: I want to know why adults think video games are bad because the adults around my neighbourhood are ANNOYING me by saying “READ A BOOK! NO VIDEO GAMES”. Why can’t they say “it’s time to play video games now”?  Here’s my reply. Here’s a link to the published article  Parents and children can have different ideas when it comes to video games. Children like...

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Our aim should be to support kids to succeed, not to trip them up so that they feel that they can’t.

How do you think the recent announcement to Year 9 students to score highly on NAPLAN or face the consequences, will effect kids of this age. Here I am being interviewed for Channel 7 news on the issue. The threat is that they must pass these tests in order to be eligible to sit the HSC in 4 years time. Re-sitting the test in much more than inconvenience. There is huge pressure on kids to know how important these tests are and that they are not to fail them. If they do, being deemed a failure at just 14...

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Parenting can be complex when things go wrong

  I presented on @TheTodayShow on the weekend. Smacking is banned in 49 countries and Australia is being asked to join that list. My comments were that physical punishment works in the short term however there is a plethora of research that shows it has little effect long term. Research shows that it models to the child that physical punishment is needed to sort out problems. Research also shows that consistent use of physical punishment can lead to anxiety, and strained parent-child relationships. The best way to ensure your child understands  appropriate actions is to model them yourself and...

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Technology, trust and privacy

  Tracking technology allows you to monitor where your partner or kids are. In an in-depth radio segment today (listen to the above podcast of it), which I co-hosted with Mark Pesce, I discussed how the uses of tracking tools, which are often used in the name of safety and convenience, are affecting trust and privacy in our relationships. In my recent research exploring technology use in family homes, I’ve found that the majority of parents wonder if they should use an app or a location service to keep tabs on family members. Heavy marketing around these services makes...

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