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Sexting & Cyber Bullying Reports Are Increasing,  What are we doing wrong?

Sexting & Cyber Bullying Reports Are Increasing, What are we doing wrong?

According to some recent research from The Cyber Bullying Research Center and the eSafety Commissioner, reports of Cyber Bullying and Image Based Abuse is going up by 200%. The Cyber Bullying Research Center in the U.S are suggesting that whatever we have been doing to raise awareness of the harms caused by these issues of abuse its not working. Quoted from their post “The bottom line is that whatever we are doing to deter teens from participating in sexting clearly isn’t working. Just like trying to prevent them from being with each other during a pandemic, they will find a way. Something more thoughtful needs to be considered.”

Last week Greg Gebhart from the eSafety Commissioner, in a chat with me on the Digital Parenting Podcast said that most occurrences of Cyber Bullying abuse are being reported to have occurred on Instagram, which is by far the most popular platform for young people. This was then followed by reports of abuse happening on Snapchat, Facebook and now TikTok. eSafety Commissioner figures:

Michelle Mitchel

My guest this week on “Digital Families” is Michelle Mitchell an expert on Teens and Tweens. We talk about why these abuses are escalating, and what we need to do to try and turn the digital tide.

Michelle Mitchell is an award-winning speaker, and bestselling parenting author. She has been termed ‘the teenage expert’ by the media and is sought after for her compassionate and grounded advice for parenting tweens and teens. 

With the rise of reports of these types of abuses comes also the rise in trauma which is of course exacerbated during this stressful time of Covid19 and all it entails.

Supporting our young people is key. Michelle outlines tips for parents on changing the messaging around online abuse and sharing nudes.

Michell’s resources to her books and educational materials Here: https://michellemitchell.org/shop


Follow Michell Mitchell on Facebook Here: https://www.facebook.com/michellemitchellspeaker/

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The app that is mentioned in this podcast is “Stymie” it is a reporting abuse mobile app, where there is an option to report anonymously. Link Here: https://about.stymie.com.au

How to report Image Based Abuse eSafety Commissioner Reporting

How to report Cyber Bullying for under 18year olds eSafety Commissioner Reporting

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Digital Families Podcast with Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit

Digital Families Podcast with Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit

My guest today is Rosie Thomas Co-Founder, Co-CEO of Project Rockit. Her work has been recognised by UNICEF among the 12 Digital Champions for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age and was honoured in Washington D.C. with the International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cybersafety. As well as a number of local awards and honours… Continue Reading

Digital Families Podcast with Panel

Digital Families Podcast with Panel

Locked In Digital Families Todays podcast we talk about the increase of Cyber Bullying and children being exposed to dangerous media like porn during Covid19. The office of the eSafety commissioner has reported a steep increase in reports of cyber bullying, extortion and image based abuse since lockdown. “The number of people reporting behaviour such… Continue Reading

Are Your Child’s Photos Safe Online?

This post is in response to a recent story about a Melbourne mothers frustration at not being able to remove her 18 month old’s image from Instagram after she found out it was being misused. Read the comments on this story when you have time…many saying things like..”why did she post the pictures with a… Continue Reading

Instagram Is NOT Safe For Kids!

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OwnFone: a dumb phone that smart kids and parents will both love!

 Sponsored By Ownfone Perhaps your child is starting to become a little more independent, catching the bus home or being dropped off at parties and after school activities. Parents love the idea of being able to call their younger children to advise about changes of plans or have their child call to remind mum or… Continue Reading

How Effective Is Parental Supervision Online?

How Can Parents Supervise Kids To Keep Them Safe From Harm? There is a belief by some parents that they can allow their underage child access to adult and teen social media and messaging apps, as long as they supervise their child’s accounts and have educational talks with them. Many mobile apps used on iPods… Continue Reading

Facebook Is NOT For Kids!

Facebook Is NOT For Kids!

  An 8 year old boy saw porn on Facebook….     With more and more parents allowing their underaged kids to have Facebook accounts, this type of exposure will probably be occurring thousands upon thousands times a day. Most parents I speak to who allow their underage children access to adult apps either simply… Continue Reading

New Study Shows Parents Are Just As Clueless As Ever About What Their Kids Are Doing Online!

  A new study from McAfee Titled “2013 Digital Deception: Exploring the Online Disconnect Between Parents and Kids” has just been released this June 2013. The findings are alarming to say the least: If you are a parent, educator, in law enforcement or a cyber safety expert, this research certainly gives us all something to think… Continue Reading

Should Schools Get Involved In Cyber Bullying Incidents Outside Of School?

Should Schools Get Involved In Cyber Bullying Incidents Outside Of School?

  What Does The Law Say? There is no actual Australian law that says that a school, public or private in Australia MUST resolve a cyber bullying issue that happens outside of the school grounds, but involves students from the same school. There are certainly recommendations to schools from the Department Of Education in each… Continue Reading