With the tech topic of the fortnight – the use of Facebook data to manipulate the American elections – dismaying even those in the industry, I have been sharing the article Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you (Curran, The Guardian, 3 March) with friends who are not knowledgeable about technological concerns, security, privacy. It’s worth reading, and sharing.
After attending an excellent presentation by Kellie Britnell, Program Manager, Outreach and Education, from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, I explored the resources on their website. What an amazing job they do with resources. https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/classroom-resources – games, videos, stories and activities for all age groups, for schools, for parents, for women, for the community.
Their remit is wide! Complaints about cyberbullying, inappropriate online materials, harassment and more are handled by the office. https://www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/get-help
We learned about the challenges of streaming video – short term but wide exposure – and location-based apps, many of which are explained on the website. https://www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/games-apps-and-social-networking
The Office partners with social media providers – Facebook, Google, Instagram, and others – and can negotiate to take down offensive material. https://www.esafety.gov.au/social-media-regulation
From their website:
“The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner works cooperatively with its social media partners to remove cyberbullying material targeted toward an Australian child. All of our Tier scheme partners are recognised for the safety measures they have in place. These safety measures include:
- a complaints mechanism which facilitates removal of cyberbullying material;
- a nominated person that the Office liaises with in regards to complaints…”
This is a site that all schools, educators and parents should visit. It’s well worth exploring in depth.
This clip from the Guardian is so powerful. One small advertisement; one profound statement about social media and people power!