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Technology

This topic has 2 main areas:

  • young people using information and communication technologies, including cyberbullying
  • the youth sector using information and communication technologies to engage young people 

For information about young people and the media, see the Media topic.

Feature

The highs and lows of social networking

Recent research shows that young people benefit greatly from using social networking sites (SNS) to keep them connected and build up their resilience. But another new report finds that young people do not seem to be very clued up when it comes to the legal pitfalls of using SNS.

Read two reports published by the new Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing (YAW-CRC) that emphasise the benefits of SNS: www.interactivemediarelease.com/ogilvy/yawcrc

Read the report Teenagers, legal risks and social networking sites, published by Monash University, that looks at the legal pitfalls young people may face when using SNS: www.apo.org.au/research/teenagers-legal-risks-and-social-networking-sites

 

Policies, legislation and frameworks

Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety
www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/jscc/index.htm 

Research finds friends count for Indigenous youth

Research from Telethon Kids Institute has found that having a supportive friend who is connected to family and greater community can be the critical factor in protecting and promoting resilience in vulnerable Indigenous youth. Original article 

19 Sep 2014

Youth workers and young people at risk in QLD youth detention centres

A Queensland Government draft consultation paper has warned that the state’s youth detention centres are operating permanently over accepted safe capacity levels. Original article

19 Sep 2014

New campaign to encourage Indigenous young people to connect

Yarn safe is a youth-led Indigenous mental health campaign, coordinated by Headspace Alice Springs, which aims to increase the number of young indigenous people connecting with the service. Original article

19 Sep 2014

Warning that military action against IS may mean more young people join IS

Australian National Imams Council spokesman Sheikh Mohamadu Saleem has said that there is a risk that Australia's military involvement in Iraq to fight Islamic State (IS) militants could result in more young people joining the Islamic State to fight. Original article

17 Sep 2014

Karenni refugee students on Heywire

A group of young Karenni refugees in Mt Gambier have entered the ABC Heywire competition to share their stories with Australia. Original article 

17 Sep 2014

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