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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 

Education not fines for underage drinkers

Young people caught by police for underage drinking in the Lake Illawarra region of NSW attend a two-hour face-to-face education seminar with their parent or guardian. Sessions are run by expert drug and alcohol workers and police. Original article

19 Dec 2014

Education First Youth Foyers evaluation

Preliminary findings from an evaluation of Victoria's Education First Youth Foyers show that there is considerable variation in young people’s social connectedness. Original article

19 Dec 2014

Fears held for vulnerable youth

Youth workers are concerned that hundreds of vulnerable teenagers will be at risk of falling through the cracks when Youth Connections, a national youth support program, closes at the end of the month. Original article

19 Dec 2014

Young people urged to be flexible

The head of PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, Luke Sayers, says being flexible is critical for young graduates. He also suggests they try new things, take risks, start their own business, and know who they are and what they value. Original article

18 Dec 2014

Gillard to become a director of beyondblue

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is to join the board of the national mental-health not-for-profit beyondblue, which was founded by former Victorian  Premier Jeff Kennett. Original article

18 Dec 2014

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