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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 

Parliamentary committee finds six-month wait for welfare benefits would breach human rights

A bipartisan parliamentary report has found the Federal Government will breach its international obligations if it goes ahead with its budget proposal to force young jobseekers to wait six months for unemployment benefits. ABC News report  ACOSS and AYAC joint statement

30 Sep 2014

Reports on youth unemployment

The latest unemployment figures show that youth unemployment has hit a 12-year high of close to 15 percent. More information

30 Sep 2014

The National Survey of Professional Stakeholders: headspace Evaluation

The headspace program is currently being evaluated by researchers at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of New South Wales on the extent and impact of collaboration between headspace and local services. Original article

30 Sep 2014

E-homework is widening the gap for disadvantaged students

More and more teachers are turning to technology when assigning homework. But while e-homework can make out-of-class learning more fun and interactive, research suggests that it might further disadvantage students from low socio-economic families. Original article

30 Sep 2014

Game for anything

This article from The Age looks at MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) and their addictive nature and their effect young people's mental health. Original article

30 Sep 2014

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