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posted Apr 11, 2011, 5:37 AM by Jess Maher   [ updated Apr 11, 2011, 5:43 AM ]

How to survive stupid high school shit when its online (help for parents)

posted Apr 4, 2011, 12:19 AM by Jess Maher

Your teenagers are most probably already active online, whether or not you are aware of it is a rather irrelevant factor to be honest...
In fact, it is assumed that a large number of such incidents occur without parents, teachers or other "elders" being aware of it. In fact, in the times where we do see such involvement or knowledge from the parents of such kids, are often also the same times when we hear about these issues. The thing is that as we have all at some stage been a teenager and ourselves gone through the normal trials & tribulations of high school, we all know a number of things to be true. I speak from a personal perspective here purely but, my parents knew very little about much at all about my life when I was a teenager. Also, I learned that kids can truly be cruel at times.
With the ongoing changes in our societies, today the law sometimes does not adequately support or assist very effectively and we are continuing to see some interesting applications of the existing law in ways we have not otherwise seen before (

NetSafe is an independent non-profit organisation that promotes confident, safe, and responsible use of Cyberspace. They have established a number of initiatives, resources & websites, established to support the community through this digital revolution. 

CYBERKIDS is aimed at young children, while the NETSAFE BASICS website is the more middle of the road site and the only one which could be considered as aiming for teenagers.   HECTORS WORLD is a comprehensive school resource designed to foster digital citizenship and safe online behavior for 2 -9 year olds.  INMYDAY is a support resource for parents & caregivers of children in New Zealand.
ECPAT Child Alert Line provides a service to report URLs that breach the child pornography laws and have established a project with the Department of Internal Affairs to try and minimise this activity online.  ( They recognise the very real threats present when any user gets online... One of their projects developed focuses on the filters of digital content: "The expansion of the internet has led to many positive developments.  However, it is evident that criminals, individuals as well as organised groups, are also using this technology as a means of producing, collecting and distributing images of child sexual abuse."

Lessons from involvement in underage explicit photos case

posted Mar 31, 2011, 1:20 AM by Jess Maher   [ updated Apr 4, 2011, 12:18 AM ]

Recently cancelled, the Christchurch Earthquake Benefit Concert - AUCKLAND has, if nothing else, provided us some interesting lessons and learnings from the experience. 

CORE Education

posted Mar 11, 2011, 9:16 AM by Jess Maher   [ updated Apr 4, 2011, 12:18 AM ]

CORE Education is a not-for-profit educational research and development based organisation with an international reputation for support and promotion of the use of new technologies for learning across all education and training sectors.

Through a variety of elearning approaches, CORE equips learners of all ages with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future. CORE’s focus in eLearning covers a spectrum of activity including both the pedagogical and technological aspects of eLearning. This includes expertise in learning design, online communities, online tools for eLearning, video conferencing and the use of advanced networks.

While the emphasis is on providing ways of engaging in the online environment, CORE Education's blended approach also provides for face-to-face interactions, including those events arranged by CORE, such as regional seminars and events, as well as on-site facilitation.

Edtalks provides a useful resource... hosting a collection of video interviews, discussions and presentations featuring thought leaders, innovative educators and inspirational learners. 

BookTalks is an easy, fun and affordable way to connect a wide range of New Zealand authors and illustrators with schools and other organisations.

Other useful links found through these sites include:

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