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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Year 7 students suffering high school anxiety need help

The Daily Telegraph PRIMARY school students making the transition to high school need to be given extra support from teachers and parents to stop episodes of anxiety and depression being triggered by the upheaval. Ross Bark runs programs across NSW helping children make the switch from primary to high school. “Students face a lot of anxiety about this time period which can spiral into more serious issues. In primary school they’ve developed an established group Read more…

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The sex predators operating online, targeting mobile savvy teenage victims with shock tactics

EXPERTS have warned of the shocking tactics sex predators employ in order to lure unsuspecting child victims, including infiltrating popular mobile apps. The growing use of smartphones among young Australians is putting them at risk of contact with paedophiles, as well as a bombardment of explicit content. Cyber safety expert Ross Bark said kids weren’t equipped with the knowledge and maturity to navigate the dangers of the online world. “People are waiting there (on mobile Read more…

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Smartphone Sleazebags – Cyber Safety

A Current Affair – Channel 9 Parents would like to think they know what their children and teenagers are up to on their smartphones. But the truth is, they rarely do. In a world hooked on social media apps, online predators easily connect with millions of minors, literally at their fingertips within seconds. See my comments from tonights A Current Affair. This is a must see – particularly for parents with teens and young children. Watch Read more…