Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Two leading Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers will explore how children use the internet, the dangers they are exposed to and the strategies required to stay safe, at a free public lecture at the Mount Lawley Campus.
School of Communications and Arts Professor Lelia Green and ECU Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change Associate Director Dr Julian Dooley will deliver the lecture, entitled Kids and Technology, on Tuesday, 6 December 2011 at 5.30pm.
Professor Green is Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the EU Kids Online project.
Professor Green will present findings from the recently published AU Kids Online project. This research investigated the way Australian children aged between nine and 16 used the Internet compared to their European counterparts.
The project found Australian kids were among the earliest users of the internet, but three in 10 reported having been bothered by something they had seen online.
Dr Dooley will provide an overview of the risks associated with the use of technology, including the internet, mobile phones and smartphones. He will also outline strategies to stay safe, ranging from what the individual child can do to what families as a whole can help with.
His presentation will also explain how technology can impact on mental health and wellbeing, focusing on psychological, emotional, social and neurological development