The news and events below come from the ACYS news feed and Youth Field Xpress, our monthly newsletter, and the ACYS calendar.

Current news

Homeless young people and mobile phones

Research conducted on 95 families and young people experiencing homelessness found that 95% of participants had a mobile phone, a higher rate than that of the general population. Mobile phones were considered essential for survival and safety, for gaining new skills and for moving out of homelessness. Original article


24 Nov 2014


Students learn by making video games

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge aims to increase interest and participation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by inviting school students to create an original educational video game. Winners of the inaugural challenge were announced on 1 November, and the games are available for download. Original article

05 Nov 2014


New report on enhancing parents’ knowledge and practice of online safety

A report is available detailing research conducted by the Young and Well CRC, with the University of Western Sydney, into understanding how parents think about online safety, and the impact of training by young people. Original article


08 Sep 2014


Telstra Cyber Safety survey reveals young people regret their social media past

The Telstra Cyber Safety survey of 1001 Australians aged 18 to 25 found 82 per cent of the first generation who have grown up with social media did not realise the long-term impact of their posts and 52 per cent had regrets about things they'd posted. Original article  

30 Jan 2014


China’s Web Junkies

This video looks at the Internet Addiction Treatment Center, where Chinese teenagers who have been diagnosed as having "internet addiction" are deprogrammed.  Original article

22 Jan 2014


Young Americans fleeing Facebook

A study looked into how many young users in the US have left the social network in recent years, finding a dramatic drop in users aged 13-17 years. Original article  

16 Jan 2014


An overview of the risks and opportunities surrounding social media and the reporting of mental illness and suicide

Mindframe, in collaboration with The Hunter Institute of Mental Health, has published its final report investigating communication by the media and other sectors around mental illness and suicide via social media. Original article  

13 Jan 2014


Using Social Media in Child Welfare (US)

These pages from the Child Welfare Information Gateway (US) offer information and resources on how to capture opportunities to help improve outcomes and build supports for children and families using social media as a communication tool. Original article  

08 Jan 2014


Do our children have a right to privacy?

Dr Myra Hamilton, Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW, looks at the complex issue of sharing information about children and young people on social media. Original article  

06 Jan 2014


Researchers examine media impact in multiple countries

A cross-cultural study, led by Iowa State University researchers, shows prosocial media and video games positively influence behavior regardless of culture. The study, a first-of-its-kind, tested levels of empathy and helpfulness of thousands of children and adolescents in seven countries. Original article  

20 Dec 2013


New Victorian law to crack down on malicious sexting

Sending explicit images without consent will soon be a crime in Victoria; but in a significant shift, young people who sext will not be prosecuted for child pornography, closing a loophole that has previously seen some children placed on the sex offenders register. Original article

16 Dec 2013


Concern over gaming and internet addiction

Concern is growing among experts after a University of Tasmania study conducted in 2010 found 5% of Tasmanian secondary school and university students were addicted to video games and 4.6% to the internet. Original article


10 Dec 2013


Tagged in translation

Tagged, the multi-award winning anti-cyberbullying video is now available in five languages widely spoken throughout the Australian community: Arabic, Italian, Greek, Vietnamese and simplified Chinese. Original article  

06 Dec 2013


Real Livewires: The role of chat rooms for vulnerable young people

The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre has released a new study that demonstrates moderated chat rooms are an invaluable tool for vulnerable young people with a chronic illness or disability – building strong peer-to-peer networks and resilience. Original article

05 Dec 2013


So you got naked online...

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched a campaign to help young people and parents understand what to do next when private, sexual information or images are shared online. Original article

02 Dec 2013


Migrant youth in Australia: Social networks, belonging and active networks

The Centre for Multicultural Youth has released a report from the findings of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project “Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship Among Migrant Youth in Melbourne and Brisbane”, conducted over a four-year period from 2009 to 2012. Original article

27 Nov 2013


App for Australian law and sexting

A new smartphone app has been launched to help guide young people through the law surrounding sexting, cyberbullying and age of consent. Original article  

19 Nov 2013


Smart Social Networking course aimed at 10–17 year-old users of social media sites

A short course that aims to help young people to respond to the pressures of social media and to avoid online dangers is now available for community organisations for a nominal cost. Original article


07 Nov 2013


Just how much time do young people spend on their smart phones?

A recent study has found that young people spend one month each year staring at their smart phones. Original article


18 Oct 2013


Council on Children and Media conference to hear of kids with gaming addictions

Some of Australia's leading experts say the impact of technology on the minds of young children needs to be taken more seriously by health professionals. Original article

04 Oct 2013


Five things to know about kids who bully

Child Trends (US) has compiled an evidence-based list of five key things to know about kids who bully. Original article  

03 Oct 2013


1 in 4 Oz teens active online pirates

Research commissioned by the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF), an alliance of Australian film and television organisations, has revealed a number of insights regarding the attitudes and behaviour of Australians aged 12-17 to online film and television piracy. Original article  

01 Oct 2013


New research on technology and wellbeing

The Young and Well CRC publishes new research in the area of technology and wellbeing. Recent publications include reviews of videogames and wellbeing, and how technology affects young men's mental health. Original article

23 Sep 2013


Exploring the impact of technologies on young men’s mental health and wellbeing

Findings from the first Young and Well National Survey, a study of young people aged 16 – 25 years, show some of the serious mental health challenges that young men in Australia face. Original article  

18 Sep 2013


Computer game to support face-to-face therapy

gNats Island is a computer game that implements key aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is designed to support face-to-face clinical interventions with adolescents. Original article  

12 Sep 2013


i-Bobbly – an app for Indigenous Australians aged 18 to 30

i-Bobbly is an app from the Black Dog Institute that aims to reduce suicidal thinking, depression, distress and impulsivity in Indigenous communities. Original article

12 Sep 2013


Social media becoming 'barometer' for self-harm as rates rise

The ABC's 7.30 program has investigated the link between websites such as Tumblr and self-harm among teenage girls, amid reports of a significant increase in cases. Original article  

11 Sep 2013


Online pics prompt teens to take risks

A study by the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine concludes that teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on Facebook and Myspace are more likely to smoke and drink themselves. Original article  

04 Sep 2013


Why should girls feel ashamed

Olympia Nelson, a year 11 student from Victoria, states that the Australian Communications and Media Authority's Cybersmart program is a scare campaign that could potentially make girls and young women feel bad about themselves. Original article

26 Aug 2013


Digital self-harm: teens tap out an online cry for help

An emerging online trend shows teenagers are anonymously posting cruel remarks about themselves on social media. Original article  

21 Aug 2013


How can we protect young people from cyberbullying?

Debra Rickwood from the University of Canberra discusses the complex factors involved in providing a safe online environment for young people. Original article  

15 Aug 2013


'I'm 13 and none of my friends use Facebook'

In this op-ed piece from Mashable, a young woman gives her views on what aspects of social media are attractive to young teenagers. Original article  

14 Aug 2013


Cyber-safety or cyber-maturity? Teaching ethics in a virtual world

Michael Salter from the University of Western Sydney discusses the outcomes of focus groups talking to young people about sexting. Original article  

31 Jul 2013


Patients as young as 12 booking into rehab to beat addiction to social networking sites

Those afflicted with "Facebook depression" are seeking treatment in spa retreats in a desperate bid to wean themselves off social networking. Original article  

30 Jul 2013


Young and Well: Game design contest 2013

The Young and Well CRC is sponsoring a contest to develop an interactive game to promote wellbeing in young men aged 12-25. The game must promote taking action, and be focused on young men's mental health and wellbeing. Original article  

26 Jul 2013


Videogames are Good For You: New Research Revealed at PAX

Launched at PAX Australia, new Young and Well CRC research reveals young people can experience positive effects from playing videogames, highlighting an opportunity to use videogames for wellbeing. Original article  

23 Jul 2013


Under the sway of social media

Research from Flinders University found that discussions on social media about appearance greatly influenced the self-perception of young people as they involved peers. Original article  

22 Jul 2013


Survey asks teenagers to reveal their sexting habits

In a bid to influence policy and inform recent public debate, and hard on the heels of arrests relating to sexting incidents in Victoria, researchers at the University of Sydney's Institute of Criminology are asking Australian teenagers to share their views on sexting. Original article  

17 Jul 2013


Hope new app will boost youth work prospects

A mobile phone and tablet application called 'Career Hunter' has been developed in response to Brisbane's youth unemployment rate of nearly 12 per cent. Original article  

17 Jul 2013


World Social Media Day: who to follow on Twitter

headspace Youth National Reference Group (hY NRG) have compiled a list of young Australians to follow on Twitter. Original article  

08 Jul 2013


What makes you tweet? Young people's perspectives on the use of social media as an engagement tool

The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria’s (YACVic) new report explores young people’s use of social media and perspectives about how government agencies and community organisations should use social media to communicate with them. Original article  

04 Jul 2013


Teens and acceptable behaviour online

What was considered private personal information a decade ago is being redefined in the digital age. Joanne Jacobs from 1000heads advises parents to use a common sense approach in dealing with the online behaviour of their teenage children. Original article  

27 Jun 2013


Teens do care about privacy, especially from adults

A recent Pew Research report found that teens protect their privacy, but in different ways than their parents do. Original article


17 Jun 2013


Report finds technology consumption may not translate into technology as a career

A study of Australian high school students, detailed in a new report, found that students had a range of misperceptions about the study of ICT, which were related to gender, age, school ICSEA rank or a combination of these factors. Original article


14 Jun 2013


Using technology in clinical practice: where do I start?

Young and Well CRC Professionals Manager Kellie Howe reflects on the APS Workshop 'Is there a psychologist in my pocket.' Original article


12 Jun 2013


Young people and Facebook: what are the challenges to adopting a critical engagement?

This article from Digital Culture & Education presents findings from a recent study into the ways young people are engaging with the social networking site Facebook. Original article


06 Jun 2013


Victorian report on sexting released

On 29 May 2013, the Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Committee tabled its final report for the Inquiry into Sexting. The report contains 14 recommendations that the Committee believes will protect people from the harms caused by non-consensual sexting. Original article


30 May 2013


Tweens, Teens and Technology Report

In a partnership with McAfee, Australian health education provider Life Education has released some noteworthy statistics relating to how young people are using technology. Original article  

28 May 2013


Young people, social media, social network sites and sexual health communication in Australia

This article presents findings from six rural and urban focus groups with young people in Australia about the use of social media and SNS for sexual health communication. Original article  

20 May 2013


Teenage hackers in Australian Federal Police's sights

The Australian Federal Police has been monitoring hacking forums for tech-savvy teenagers in the hope of guiding them away from a path of crime. Original article  

14 May 2013


‘Let’s get sexting’: risk, power, sex and criminalisation in the moral domain

This article from the International Journal of Crime and Justice explores the criminalisation and governance of sexting among young people. Original article  

07 May 2013


FoMO: Modern day pressure to not miss out

Research has found that young people were more affected than others from the 'fear of missing out' (FoMO). This group saw social media as an important tool for them and they were more dependent on social media as part of their social development. Original article  

01 May 2013


Young people and sexting in Australia: ethics, representation and the law

This report from ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation at the University of New South Wales, Australia presents the #ndings of a qualitative study of young people’s understandings of, and responses to, current Australian laws, media and educational resources that address sexting.  Original article  

12 Apr 2013


Teens and technology 2013

The Pew Research Center in the US has conducted a survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Original article  

05 Apr 2013


New app to deter young people from smoking

A new smartphone app that shows smokers how cigarettes will destroy their looks has been developed to encourage people to quit smoking while they're young. Original article

03 Apr 2013


Not Waving But Drowning: Social technologies haven’t killed teenagers’ ability to communicate

Has technology affected the ability of young people communicate effectively? Or is it simply an evolution of expression?  Original article  

28 Mar 2013


Young people and Facebook study

The Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) is conducting research with young people about their use of and attitudes towards Facebook through a statewide (SA) online survey with young people (age 13-24). Original article  

20 Mar 2013


Webinar: Better practices for using technologies safely and effectively with young people

The Young and Well CRC will be conducting a webinar on 28 March, during which they will launch their Better Practice Guide, which has been developed to help professionals use technologies in supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Original article  

15 Mar 2013


Internet addiction may affect teens' brains

New research from Australia and South Korea suggests that teenagers addicted to the internet have signs of changes in the brain similar to those of drug addicts. Original article 


07 Mar 2013


Youth mental health service, eheadspace, goes mobile

Young people can now use smartphones and tablet devices to access Australia's only youth-specific online mental health service, eheadspace, which is staffed exclusively by qualified clinicians. Original article


04 Mar 2013


Social media, suicide prevention and young people: Time for collaborative action

A five-hour roundtable hosted by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and the Mindframe National Media Initiative will focus on the risks, challenges and opportunities provided by social media in the area of suicide prevention and young people. Original article  

01 Mar 2013


Violent videogames aren’t the problem – it’s in our genes

This article in The Conversation discusses recent research into the link between violence and videogames, and comparing this to other triggers of aggressive behaviour. Original article  

08 Feb 2013


The role of emerging communication technologies in experiences of sexual violence: A new legal frontier?

This research study from the Australian Institute of Family Studies investigates how communication technologies facilitate sexual violence against young people and what challenges this presents for the Victorian criminal justice system. Original article  

08 Feb 2013


Teenagers online: being a responsible ‘cybercitizen’

From the Raising Children Network, here are some tips on how to help teenagers be safe and responsible online.  Original article  

06 Feb 2013


The dangers of an adolescent, abusive relationship with gaming

This article looks at the emotional attachment that many young people, particularly boys and young men, form with videogames and what this means for their development.  Original article  

21 Jan 2013


'Slut-shaming' trend, sweeping Internet, adds meme form to adolescent cyber bullying

Sites that harshly criticise young people, particularly young women, on their appearance and behaviours have appeared recently, giving rise to a new kind of cyber-bullying.  Original article  

15 Jan 2013


Study: 'Just talk to me' communicating about depression disclosures on Facebook

A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found in-person communication from friends or trusted adults is the preferred means for raising concerns about a student's signs of depression displays on Facebook. Programs that encourage resident advisors and peers to respond in this manner and encourage treatment may represent a way to improve access to care for depression. Original article   

02 Jan 2013


Public access, private mobile: the interplay of shared access and the mobile Internet for teenagers in Cape Town

Looking at libraries, telecenters, and cybercafés, this report investigates impact in a number of areas, including communication and leisure, culture and language, education, employment and income, governance, and health. Original article  

29 Nov 2012


The Coalition's discussion paper on enhancing online safety for children

This discussion paper by the current Federal opposition coalition parties examines cyber safety for children and adolescence. Original article  

20 Nov 2012


Coalition proposes cyber policy strategies

The Federal Opposition is seeking input from parents, schools and young people into the Coalition's policy on online safety for children. Original article  

19 Nov 2012


Videogames and wellbeing

The Young and Well CRC has a research group dedicated to looking at the effect gaming has on the wellbeing of young people.  This infographic provides an overview of gaming in Australia.  Original article  

16 Nov 2012


Excessive internet use among Australian children

This report compares data from a European survey of young people aged 11-16 and excessive internet usage, with a smaller cohort of Australian young people. Original article  

14 Nov 2012


In the news: Social media and young people

In addition to the launch of the 'Keep it tame' campaign from the Young and Well CRC, there have been a number of recent reports in the media on using social media, schools and cyberbullying. Read more  

12 Nov 2012


'Keep it tame' campaign launched

The Young Well CRC has launched a campaign to inform young people about respectful use of communication technology. Original article  

12 Nov 2012


Aust Gov targets cyber bullies

An estimated 11 million Australian Facebook users stand to benefit from an anti-cyber bullying campaign supported by the Australian government to tackle a growth in harassment involving social media users. Original article  

07 Nov 2012


Young people value mobile phones over cars

ABC's PM Program discusses recent research that shows young people prefer to use public transport as they're able to use smart phones and other devices while travelling. Original article  

05 Nov 2012


Facebook launches anti-bullying campaign

In conjunction with Australian anti-bullying site Project Rockit, Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett and Youth mental health website, headspace, children and adults alike are invited to "take a pledge" to profess opposition to bullying. Original article  

05 Nov 2012


Young slow on online protection

A study of online users from 12 countries in the Asia Pacific region has found that young Australians were the least likely to be concerned about privacy and security issues.  Original article  

08 Oct 2012


Harnessing technology for better mental health services

The Conversation reviews the developments in the technologies used to deliver mental health services.  Original article  

03 Oct 2012


Bullying in a networked era: A literature review

This paper, from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, presents an aggregation and summary of recent academic literature on youth bullying and seeks to make scholarly work on this important topic more broadly accessible to a concerned public audience, including parents, caregivers, educators, and practitioners. Original article  

27 Sep 2012


Generation I for insecure?

Generation Gap in Computer Security report looked at attitudes of Generation Y (18 to 25-year-olds) versus baby boomers (56 to 65-year-olds) and its results were surprising. Original article  

21 Sep 2012


Winners announced for the BackMeUp national anti-cyberbullying film competition

Ten young people aged between 14 and 17 years have won this year's BackMeUp film competition, sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Original article  

05 Sep 2012


Youth Work perspective on using technology in practice

ReachOut Pro presents an interview with Shane Cucow on the reality of how youth workers use technology and young people's expectations for accessing services can at times be at odds with each other. Original article  

28 Aug 2012


Social Media Fundraising guidelines for Australian charities

In the rapidly-changing world of social media, the national peak body for fundraising – the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has launched what it says are the first, definitive best-practice guidelines for social media fundraising. Original article  

01 Aug 2012


Garrett goes to the net to stamp out bullying

A national social media campaign on the damaging effects of bullying will be developed to help get the message across to students and parents about how to cope with the growing problem. Original article  

01 Aug 2012


Unmet needs: Adolescents and young adult cancer patients lack psychological, social support

A cancer diagnosis for adolescents and young adults can be especially challenging, and new research in the US shows the social, psychological and informational support these patients need might be going unmet. Original article

18 Jul 2012


Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives

Research report from Common Sense Media’s Program for the Study of Children and Media surveyed over 1,000 13- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. to understand how they perceive social media (like Facebook and Twitter) affects their relationships and feelings about themselves. Original article  

03 Jul 2012


A qualitative study of children, young people and ‘sexting’

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (UK) asked researchers from the Institute of Education, King’s College London, London School of Economics and Open University to conduct a small scale qualitative study to improve their understanding of sexting and the use of mobile technology by young people. Original article  

29 Jun 2012


BackMeUp 2012 - Anti-bullying campaign launched

The BackMeUp campaign seeks to encourage young people aged 13-17 to stand up for each other against bullying. It includes a competition for young people to send in videos about how they would back each other up to combat bullying.  Original article  

20 Jun 2012


R18+ video game rating passes Senate

The new law fulfils the Commonwealth's part of a deal with states and territories to include the new rating in the games classification system. Original article  

20 Jun 2012


The positive internet-incentive strategies, serious games, online education & learning

This blog post from Generation Next looks at the myriad of ways that the internet has permeated all aspects of life for young people, and not all of it's negative.  Original article  

06 Jun 2012


Parental involvement in preventing and responding to cyberbullying

From the Institute of Family Studies, this paper outlines definitions and statistics related to cyberbullying, differences between cyberbullying and offline bullying, and parents’ roles and involvement in preventing and responding to cyberbullying incidents. Original article  

05 Jun 2012


Texting is the art of succinct conversation

This article in The Punch looks at the preconceptions and misconceptions of how young people communication through texting. Original article  

05 Jun 2012


Gaming the classroom

William Cohen from ABC's Technology + Games looks at the gamification of education and specifically academic assessment. Original article  

18 May 2012


Text Messaging and Teenagers: A Review of the Literature

This report from the Digital Education Research Network (DERN) looks at how and why teenagers use texting in preference to other methods of communication, and finds that texting is done largely for practical reasons and foremost for maintaining friendships. Original article  

08 May 2012


Videogame addiction – fact or fantasy?

Commentary from The Conversation on whether or not people can become addicted to videogames and what happens if the term 'addict' is applied to those who, in the eyes of some, may play games excessively.  Original article  

04 May 2012


Protecting children online teachers’ perspectives on eSafety

With Privacy Awareness Week coming to a close, this report from the UK looks at the role that teachers play in helping young people establish and protect their online identities.  Original article  

04 May 2012


Young people a priority during Privacy Awareness Week

In a media release from 1 May, Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim reminds young people to make good privacy choices to ensure that their social networking behaviour does not come back to bite them in the future. Original article  

02 May 2012


The Line - Facebook Security Poll

FaCSHIA have posted a video detailing a recent poll conducted by the line 40 % of 12-20 year olds in a relationship say they know their partners Facebook password. Original article  

18 Apr 2012


Texting in class affects learning

This research finds that while students may believe they can multi-task during class, the question remained as to how well they can learn while multi-tasking. Original article  

11 Apr 2012


Education not punishment for sexting teens

This survey from the US sought the views of adults about children and teens sending sexually explicit, nude, or semi-nude photos via text message (known as sexting) and how those who are caught doing so should be punished. Original article  

26 Mar 2012


Child deaths – cyber bullying as a risk factor for youth suicide

The role of social networking (including online websites and text messaging) and related cyber bullying in influencing the lives of young people is an emerging issue in Australia. Original article  

26 Mar 2012


Telstra will stop billing young people up to $100 to use Kids Helpline

A spokesman from Telstra told The Sunday Telegraph the company would stop the charges to the 1800 number from mobile phones. The cost would be covered by Telstra's $250 million support fund for underprivileged customers. Original article  

22 Mar 2012


Sociability: social media for people with a disability

This review from Media Access Australia aims to enable all users equal access to social media.  Original article  

20 Mar 2012


Sociability: social media for people with a disability

In late 2011, Media Access Australia undertook research to determine how the accessibility issues found in each of the most popular social media tools can be overcome. Original article  

15 Mar 2012


Information quality & learners

The Digital Education Research Network (DERN) has released findings about the relationship between the quality of online learning environments and education, career and social outcomes for young people.  Original article  

14 Mar 2012


Program to empower students online

A cyber-safety course for high school students that aims to prepare them for the implications of the virtual world is being created by a team at Flinders University. Original article  

13 Mar 2012


Online is a lifeline for many teens

The West Australian reports on the increasing number of online services aimed at young people, in particular health and crisis services.  Original article  

02 Mar 2012


An anthropologist says teenagers aren't the digital experts, or aliens, we think they are

Microsoft senior researcher Danah Boyd says young people aren't that different because of technology and growing up with the internet. Original article  

01 Mar 2012


Virtual violence II: Progress and challenges in the fight against cyberbullying

This UK report finds that 28% of 11-to-16-year-olds have been deliberately targeted, threatened or humiliated by an individual or group through the use of mobile phones or the internet. Original article  

23 Feb 2012


We, the Web Kids

A generation of young people have grown up with the internet always being there.  This commentary explains their expectations for services and programs that are delivered over the internet.  Original article  

23 Feb 2012


Legislation introduced for R18+ category for computer and video games

The Federal Government has introduced legislation, to come into effect at the start of next year, which will establish an R18+ category for computer and video games in Australia. Original article


16 Feb 2012


Survey reveals young people's online etiquette

A new Optus survey polled 1,016 people aged 18–34 on social media etiquette. One finding was that the majority of respondents agreed that after a break-up one should wait 2.4 weeks before changing one's status to 'single'. Original article  

14 Feb 2012


Young women need to hear their mother's voice

Recent research with young women in the US suggests that sending an SMS doesn't relieve stress as well as talking to somebody. Original article


13 Feb 2012


Safer Internet Day resources

Safer Internet Day, an international event, is held on the second day of the second week of the second month each year. This year's theme was 'Connecting generations and educating each other'. Resources and statistics are available at: Original article  

09 Feb 2012


Partnership to promote cybersafety for young people

A new partnership has been formed to help children, carers, parents and teachers across Australia stay safe online. IT services company Datacom has formally joined ThinkUKnow Australia, which is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police and Microsoft, which is supported by ninemsn and now Datacom. Original article


08 Feb 2012


There is a point to being online

Young people are spending an average of 22 hours a week online, and say that being online adds another facet to their lives. An increasing number of people are accessing the Internet from mobile devices at all times of the day. Original article  

08 Feb 2012


Top ten anti-cyberbullying sites

The recent Ipsos Social Research Institute Survey of 24 countries found that Australia was a leader in the world of cyberbullying. So it's an opportune time for Generation Next to compile a list of the top anti-cyberbullying sites out there. Original article  

01 Feb 2012


The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families

Paper from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the impact of social media in family relationships.  Original article  

30 Jan 2012


Pillow talk wearing phone-obsessed teens out

A survey by Best Enemies Education, which holds workshops for year 8-10 students on cyber-bullying, said 80 per cent of the 3080 students polled slept with their phone. Original article  

27 Jan 2012


Schoolgirl Sheniz Erkan farewelled as friend urges bullying victims to speak out

A friend of Sheniz broke her silence yesterday to reveal her friend's last words to her, and to urge other victims to speak out about bullying before it was too late. Original article

19 Jan 2012


Young people unwittingly including phone numbers in Facebook

The numbers are becoming readily available through Facebook event invitations which are not made private. Original article  

06 Jan 2012


'Indigenous Facebook' used to exact payback

The Telstra-backed network Divas Chat has also been blamed for the suicide of a young man in a remote Northern Territory community. Original article  

23 Dec 2011


Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites

This research from the US on social network sites looks at the types of experiences teens are having there and how they are addressing negative behavior when they see it or experience it. Original artice  

19 Dec 2011


Eating disorder app 'Recovery Record'

Jenna Tregarthen’s “Recovery Record” app is believed to be the first of its kind and aims to offer anonymous, round-the-clock support for sufferers of bulimia and anorexia nervosa and encourage them to seek help. Original article  

12 Dec 2011


Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre launched

The Young and Well CRC was officially launched today (9 December) by Senator The Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. The Young and Well CRC is an Australian-based, international research centre that unites young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators from over 70 partner organisations to explore the role of technology in young people's lives, and how those technologies can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Original article


09 Dec 2011


Violent video games changes men’s brains

Playing violent video games for hours on end can change young men’s brains, including parts that control emotions and agressive behaviour. Original article  

08 Dec 2011


Listen up you wowsers, sexting is no big deal

Daniel Piotrowski examines current trends, statistics and perceptions on sexting.  Original article  

07 Dec 2011


Young citizens in a changing media world

On 5 December 2011, the ACMA will hold a forum to talk about some of the issues that impact young people in this changing media world. Original article  

01 Dec 2011


Call for young Victorians to have their say on sexting

The Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) has an online survey for young Victorians to provide their views on of sexting and whether sexting by people under 18 should be illegal. Original article  

23 Nov 2011


E-alert for youth depression

Australian researchers will for the first time harness e-technology to develop a customised internet program to identify and arm healthy young people most at risk of depression before the disorder takes hold. Original article  

17 Nov 2011


In time for Schoolies - free National Drugs Campaign iPhone app in store now

Parents and young people can now instantly access illicit drug information and advice using the National Drugs Campaign iPhone app. Original article  

17 Nov 2011


New US report of cyberbullying on social network sites

A United States study of cyberbullying on social network sites by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project released in November has found that most social media-using teenagers say their peers are mostly kind to one another on social network sites. Original article  

15 Nov 2011


Aussie kids at higher risk in cyberspace

Findings from a major new international study in online practices of 25,500 children in Europe and Australia show that Australian kids are more likely to be exposed to harmful content on the web and indulge in risky online practices than children from many other countries. Original article  

10 Nov 2011


Why parents help their children lie to Facebook about age

Data from this report suggest that, by creating a context in which companies choose to restrict access to children, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) inadvertently undermines parents’ ability to make choices and protect their children’s data. Original article  

04 Nov 2011


Government welcomes release of discussion paper on classification scheme

Australian Law Reform Commission has released its Discussion Paper for the National Classification Scheme Review. It was asked to produce a set of recommendations that could accommodate developments in technology in light of media convergence and the global availability of media content. Original article  

05 Oct 2011


Teens start sexting as a way to fit in

Research presented at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference in Canberra highlights the pressure that young men and women face to engage in sexting. Original article  

30 Sep 2011


Texting dsn’t make U a bad spellr

A number of studies have shown that frequent texting has little effect on the ability of young people to spell correctly. Original article  

16 Sep 2011


Young consumers put in a call for change to mobile phone industry

A Call For Change is part of the Youth Advocates Project (YAP), facilitated by national welfare organisation, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), the peak body representing Australian consumers on communications issues. Original article  

08 Sep 2011


Young people online: are we messing with their minds?

The ABC's Big Ideas, presents highlights from a forum on the concerns that many parents have about what children are doing on the internet given by the Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing. Original article  

06 Sep 2011


New website for the YAW-CRC

The recently established Cooperative Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing (YAW-CRC) has a new website, which provides useful background to the reasons why it was set up, and will enable researchers, youth workers and policymakers to have access to its research output. Original article


19 Aug 2011


Facebook Increases Teen, Adolescent Likelihood For Mental Illness

According to a presentation at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, teens and adolescents who use social networks might be at risk for various mental health problems. Original article  

10 Aug 2011


Online safety resource sheet

This Resource Sheet from the Australian Institute of Family Studies provides information on resources available for parents regarding online safety for their children. Original article  

03 Aug 2011


'Make Cyberspace a Better Place' - campaign from Kids Helpline

A campaign by Kids Helpline to encourage young people to speak up about their concerns, particularly regarding any form of bullying, harassment or violence. Original article  

29 Jul 2011


Generation Y so connected, but oh so lonely

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a survey by Relationships Australia finds a connection between active online and loneliness for Gen Y.  Original article  

21 Jul 2011


YAW-CRC vacancies

The Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing (YAW-CRC) is looking to fill three new roles. Applications for all positions close at 5pm AEST on Monday 25 July 2011, and all roles are to be based in the YAW-CRC office in Abbotsford, Victoria. Original article


11 Jul 2011


The role of technology in engaging disengaged youth

A report from the Australian Flexible Learning Network on the use of technology in VET courses.  Original article  

07 Jul 2011


High-Wire Act: Cyber-Safety and the Young

On Monday 20 June 2011, the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety tabled its report on the Inquiry into Cyber-Safety entitled High-Wire Act: Cyber-Safety and the Young. Original article  

23 Jun 2011


An overview of international cyber-security awareness raising and educational initiatives

This study from the Australian Communications and Media Authority examined a selection 68 Cyber-Security education initiatives in 11 jurisdictions and analysed the literature used to both support and evaluate these strategies. Original article  

09 Jun 2011


Guidelines for the classification of computer games

Separate guidelines for computer games have been drafted because of compelling research evidence indicating that interactivity may increase the impact of the classifiable elements in computer games (compared with films). Original article  

06 Jun 2011


How does Digital Media impact Youth Political and Civic Engagement?

A discussion with Joseph Kahnem, chair of a newly-formed research network, Youth and Participatory Politics (YaPP) in the US, that is looking at the ways youth are using digital media and the Internet to engage in meaningful ways in civic affairs and social issues. on Original article  

03 Jun 2011


Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth Update May 2011

The latest newsletter from ARACY features this month discussions about children's television. Original article  

01 Jun 2011


Is school bullying really on the rise?

Research published in Social Psychology of Education reports on the incidence of bullying in schools over a 20 year period, noting that in some cases reports of bullying have decreased in some countries, but that in some cases cyberbullying has increased. Original article  

26 May 2011


Draft R18+ computer game guidelines released

The Minister for Justice Brendan O’Connor today released draft guidelines that would support the introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games. Original article  

26 May 2011


65 Young women named Google Anita Borg scholars

This scholarship is granted to young women studying computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or a related program. Original article  

12 May 2011


Facebook age ban nabs 20000 a day

Facebook admits it is struggling to enforce age restrictions on its users, despite cancelling as many as 20,000 underage accounts each day. Original article  

10 May 2011


Privacy Awareness Week 2011

An initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), public and private sector organisations across the Asia Pacific region will celebrate Privacy Awareness Week 2011 with a broad range of a programs and initiatives, all in the interest of promoting awareness of privacy issues. Original article  

02 May 2011


Phones and the internet beat TV

For the first time, more young people in the UK say they would prefer to give up watching television than doing without their mobiles phones or the internet, according to a survey by Ofcom. Just 23% of 16- to 24-year-olds said they would struggle without TV. Original article


20 Apr 2011


Myth-busting the Cyber-safety debate

Reachout Pro provides information that busts some commonly held myths about young people's experiences using social media. Original article  

15 Apr 2011


Twitter chats aim to tackle rural suicide

Alison Fairleigh was moved to help improve the state of rural mental health services in the bush after three young men committed suicide in her far north Queensland community. Original article  

12 Apr 2011


Video games are not the enemy

Commentary on the ABC's The Drum about the R18+ debate. Original article  

06 Apr 2011


Improving the safety of homeless young people with mobile phones

In a report presented at the conference, Human Factors in Computing Systems (US), forty-three participants, from four stakeholder groups were asked to consider how homeless young people could use mobile phones to keep safe. Original article  

06 Apr 2011


Research finds young people are smarter and safer online than adults assume

Research from the University of Western Sydney, Murdoch University and the Inspire Foundation also reveals significant benefits to young people through social networking, which helps them to build relationships with the world around them and increases their sense of community and belonging. Original article  

05 Apr 2011


The impact of social media use on children, adolescents and families

An article from the American Academy of Pediatrics offering advice on how to handle overuse and abuse of social media. Original article  

30 Mar 2011


Participating in the Cyber-Safety inquiry

Joint Standing Committee on Cyber-Safety invites interested parties to provide input into the inquiry into cyber-safety. Original article  

22 Mar 2011


Online Community Youth Spaces

This Australian Youth Affairs Coalition project aims to tap into the power of technology to enable 10 young people to promote youth involvement and positive images of young people in their local community. Original article  

07 Mar 2011


The civic and political significance of online participatory cultures among youth transitioning to adulthood

Drawing on two large panel studies, this article from Digital Media and Learning finds that youth engagement in nonpolitical online participatory cultures may serve as a gateway to participation in important aspects of civic and political life, including volunteering, community problem-solving, protest activities, and political voice. Original article  

01 Mar 2011


Reach Out Pro: Getting Started with Yahoo! answers

A step by step tutorial on setting up a profile in Yahoo! Answers, and how it can be used with young people.  

15 Feb 2011


Millennials and gadgets

While many technology devices have become popular across generations, Millennials in the USA are by far the most likely both to own most gadgets and to take advantage of a wide range of functions on those devices:  

11 Feb 2011


Safer Internet Day

On 8 February 2011, Safer Internet Day, Australia’s leading experts in cybersafety and youth mental health are calling on the community to take responsibility for young people’s online safety.  

08 Feb 2011


Forum on technology in VET

The Australian Government, the Foundation for Young Australians and the Inspire Foundation are holding a youth forum on technology and VET at the end of January:  

07 Jan 2011


Young people don’t understand the consequences of cyber bullying

Telstra research shows 62% of parents surveyed with children aged between 10 and 17 years believe children fail to connect cyber bullying with its repercussions.  

23 Dec 2010


Cybersafety Help Button

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has launched a new Cybersafety button to give children and young people easy access to cybersafety help and information.


15 Dec 2010


Multi-million Co-operative Research Centre announced to improve the wellbeing of young Australians

The federal government has announced a cash investment of $27m towards the establishment of a Co-operative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing, led by the Inspire Foundation.  

09 Dec 2010


Tune In Not Out

Tune In Not Out provides 24hr TV for life's challenges, such as alcohol, drugs, mental health, exams and relationships. The website is a place for young people to find out information on topics that interest them using videos, clips, informative factsheets, blogs and plenty of discussion.


16 Nov 2010


Upcoming events

28th Mar 2013

A better practice guide for services webinar and launch
Location: Online
Type: Conference, seminar

20th Feb 2014

Connect 2014
Location: Melbourne
Type: Conference, seminar

5th Apr 2013

Consulting Young People Online webinar
Location: Online
Type: Training/professional development

16th Jul 2013

Leveraging Social Media in health promotion seminar
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Type: Conference, seminar

9th May 2013

Online Youth Engagement and Participation (Un)Conference
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Type: Conference, seminar

28th Nov 2013

Webinar: Videogames and wellbeing
Location: Online
Type: Conference, seminar

20th Mar 2013

Youth 2.0
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Type: Conference, seminar

29th Apr 2013

Youth, Technology and Virtual Communities Conference
Location: Gold Coast, QLD
Type: Conference, seminar

7th Apr 2013

Happiness is a bicycle

The Happiness Cycle program, being rolled out in Tasmania, is all about helping local 15- and 16-year-olds to live a sustained more healthy and active lifestyle by getting them on brand new bikes that they build themselves! Original story

27 Nov 2014

VCOSS strategies for youth unemployment

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has produced a new paper entitled 'Tackling unemployment: Towards a workforce participation plan for all Victorians', in which it outlines four strategies to help tackle unemployment for the most vulnerable, including youth, in Victoria. Original article

27 Nov 2014

Call for housing fund for young Victorians

An alliance of peak bodies and community organisations is calling on the next Victorian government to provide a guaranteed rent subsidy and appropriate supports for all young people leaving state care. Original article

27 Nov 2014

Game On: Know Alcohol

A Griffith University research project designed to educate young people about alcohol has found that the majority (66%) of 14-16 year olds do not drink alcohol. Original article 

25 Nov 2014

White Ribbon Day – stand up against violence against women

Today is White Ribbon Day. More than 1,000 events are being held across Australia today to to publicise the need to stop violence against women. The White Ribbon website contains many resources to help stop this violence. Original article

25 Nov 2014

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