School extends internet duty of care

By Michelle Polglase on 11/22/18 2:46 PM

St Hilda's Collegiate recently featured in the Otago Daily Times on their decision to join our Partner School Program. 

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Ancient brains in a high-tech world - the impact of information overload.

By Michelle Polglase on 11/19/18 3:02 PM

There is a tsunami of information about the impact of technology on Generation Z (the iGen), now labelled 'neo-digital natives' and primarily using video to communicate.

Humans have always lived in a complex world, but the Information Age has taken distraction to a whole new level. Smartphones are ubiquitous, leading many of us to 'media multitask' by using multiple devices at the same time. 

'The Distracted Mind' is worth a read, as it examines the way our brains have evolved and the consequences of high-tech lifestyles. It explains why our brains aren't built for multitasking, and suggests better ways to live in a high-tech world WITHOUT giving up our modern technology.

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Cyberbullying and the #StandStrongNZ movement

By Michelle Polglase on 11/14/18 3:34 PM

Bullying in schools is a global issue, but New Zealand has the second highest rate of bullying in the OECD. One in two Kiwi kids are bullied at school at least once a month, and cyberbullying increasingly plays a major role in this.

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Video game loot boxes a psychological risk

By Michelle Polglase on 11/8/18 3:42 PM

Loot boxes are becoming more prevalent in video games, and are readily available to children even though they approximate gambling.

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The digital divide between rich and poor kids

By Michelle Polglase on 11/6/18 12:32 PM

There's been much discussion about the socio-economic digital divide. But, it's not what we expect. Originally about access to technology, the new digital divide is actually about limiting access to technology.

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Family Zone Partner School Program Roadshow, coming to a location near you

By Michelle Polglase on 11/2/18 8:19 AM

Let the Family Zone team shout breakfast while you learn about Family Zone’s Partner School Program, which provides schools with access to a powerful ecosystem of technologies that ensure no matter what network a student uses to access the internet, they’re kept as safe as possible while online.

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Child-on-child sexual ­assaults in primary schools on the rise

By Michelle Polglase on 11/1/18 11:36 AM

Disturbing acts of sexualised ­behaviour among young children are becoming more frequent in schools as mobile devices result in children being exposed to pornography, says cyber safety expert Susan McLean.

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The importance of resilience in schools

By Michelle Polglase on 10/29/18 12:43 PM

Conferences provide a great opportunity to connect, learn and be inspired. The recent NZ Principals' Federation conference centred around the theme of creativity, including leveraging technology in productive ways, with an interesting range of speakers and EduTech vendors.

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The impact of technology on childhood

By Michelle Polglase on 10/16/18 9:31 AM

The playground used to be a noisy place in schools. Today, many students are glued to their devices and the playground has gone quiet. 

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Surge in harmful digital communications charges.

By Michelle Polglase on 10/4/18 11:35 AM

Cyberbullying can have a devastating impact on children and teenagers. Social media platforms are most often used, and in the case of Snapchat content can be posted then 'disappear' after going viral through a school community.

Topics: cyberbullying
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