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Social media and technology

The ever-changing and increasing presence of technology in our community creates a number of challenges and opportunities related to children and young people’s wellbeing.

Increasing the community’s understanding of technology and social media is vital if we are able to provide the support children and young people need to navigate safely and take advantage of this new environment.



Literature review – Social media and children and young people

The state of Western Australia's children and young people – Edition Two

Position statement on youth health



Submission to Free TV Australia, March 2015

Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice

Submission to Department of Communications, March 2015

Public Consultation on Enhancing Online Safety for Children

Submission to the Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation Committee, January 2015

Inquiry into the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 and Consequential Amendments Bill 2014

Submission to the Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review, October 2012

Inquiry into Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Amendment Bill 2012

More Information

More Information

Opinion piece - Coding vital for youth to thrive in the future

The West Australian, Mrs Annie Fogarty – 30 July 2015

Opinion piece - Parent needs to switch on to social media risks

The West Australian, Professor Donna Cross – 4 December 2012

Opinion piece – Children priority in bid to build community

The West Australian, Ms June Oscar AO – 27 November 2012



Thinker in Residence 2016-17

The 2016-17 Thinker in Residence was e-mental health researcher and advocate Professor Jane Burns. Professor Jane Burns is Professor of Innovation and Industry at The University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her work focuses on driving practical and positive change in the community and the mental health sector, with a priority on uniting young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators to explore the role of technology in improving mental health programs and services.

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