Teenagers as young as 14 are taking drastic measures to stay or get thin according to an Australian government study.

SBS News Australian teenagers as young as 14 are taking extreme measures including vomiting or taking laxatives to control their weight. A new government study found, while a very small minority of mid-adolescents met the criteria for anorexia or bulimia, significant numbers had taken action to try and control their weight. Social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat were considered the most persuasive on young minds. Cyber safety expert Ross Bark said the role of social Read more…

Parents taking over Facebook leads to teens switching off the app

Annabel Hennessy, The Daily Telegraph FACEBOOK is no longer considered cool by Australian teens with its popularity among youngsters plummeting 70 per cent in two years. A new survey by Best Enemies Education of 800 Australians aged 13-18 has revealed just 11.57 per cent say the Mark Zuckerberg site is their most used app — a dramatic decline from two years ago when it was ranked number one. Meanwhile, Instagram and Snapchat’s popularity is soaring, with more than half of teens Read more…

Instagram guilt-tripping parents into letting young children open an account or risk being bullied

The Daily Telegraph INSTAGRAM is guilt-tripping parents into letting children younger than 13 have their own accounts by claiming they will be bullied if they are not on the app. The social media giant also argues that having a public account­ is “part of the fun”. It has come under fire from cyber safety experts over its “parents’ guide to Instagram” which claims that kids who don’t have Instagram can “risk social marginalisation”. Best Enemies director Ross Read more…

Caffeine chaos out of control for gamers: Doctors slam drugs which ‘help’ you play all night

The Daily Telegraph KIDS who play video games are being encouraged to take caffeine-loaded “supplements” to boost their reaction times and help them stay up all night playing. Best Enemies director Ross Bark, who runs cyber-safety courses in NSW schools, said “gaming supplements” were a growing problem parents needed to be aware of. “Schools are having issues with students crashing in class after spending all night playing games,” Mr Bark said. “It can have a Read more…

Australian children’s personal information is being sold online after being stolen from gaming sites

The Daily Telegraph POPULAR video games such as Fortnite and Minecraft are being used to harvest children’s personal data by web fiends who flog it to anyone willing to stump up the cash. Cyber-safety expert Ross Bark said crooks could use a child’s username and password for a gaming site like Fortnite to extract more information including phone numbers, credit card details, dates of birth and home addresses. “Websites like Fortnite ask users to hand Read more…

Cyber-trolls and online bullies: Call for bans amid spate of teenage suicides

The Daily Telegraph CYBER-BULLIES would be banned from social media and slapped with an online­ version of an apprehended violence­ order as part of a radical plan to stop trolls. Anti-bullying charities are using a powerful parliamentary inquiry to call for a criminalisation of trolling — including giving child cyber-bullies a social media order (SMO) that would ban them from contacting their victims and using sites such as Facebook and Instagram. It comes after 14-year-old Read more…

Kids are being exposed to disturbing content on YouTube

A Current Affair – Channel 9 The summer holidays are peak internet season for families – but parents have been warned about a trend of violent, graphic cartoons specifically designed to target children. The cartoons feature beloved children’s characters such as Peppa Pig, Spider-Man and Elsa from Frozen, but feature gruesome acts including murder, cannibalism and pornography. “Your child could be viewing the Peppa Pig video which could be a proper video, and in one Read more…

When break ups go bad

A Current Affair – Channel 9 Image-based abuse is a growing problem, particularly for young people! Tough new laws now protect victims if their intimate photos are shared online. Check out my comments from last weeks A Current Affair.