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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 

Brotherhood of St Laurence reveals new approach to youth unemployment

With more than 580,000 young Australians either underemployed or unemployed, the BSL is holding a seminar on 4 September in Melbourne on Future Foyers and how they can provide support to unemployed young people. Original article

01 Sep 2014

What’s it like being a young Dad?

As Fathers' Day rapidly approaches, ReachOut.com interviews a young father who talks about the challenges and joys of fatherhood. Original article

01 Sep 2014

Experts call for more rural mental health services

Mental health experts have called for more mental health nurses, more effective telehealth services and more ‘home grown’ mental health workers to deal with the higher rates of mental health issues, including higher rates of suicide among young men, in rural communities. Original article

01 Sep 2014

Unleashed awards celebrate Australia’s young leaders

AUSTRALIA’s most dynamic and inspiring young leaders have been honoured at the Unleashed Festival, which  celebrated the massive, powerful movement of young people creating social change.

The Unleashed awards recognise 13 to 28 year-olds who are shaping positive social change in innovative ways.  Original article

01 Sep 2014

Research grants aimed at preventing Indigenous youth suicide

As part of a scheme that enables the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to target urgent health priorities, four new grants will allow research aimed at stopping escalating rates of Indigenous youth suicide. Original article

01 Sep 2014

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