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Telling elders scary stories about online scammers is not the best way to keep them safe. Olga Gavrilenko/EyeEm via Getty Images

Older Americans are given the wrong idea about online safety – here’s how to help them help themselves

Older Americans are often taught to be fearful of hackers and scammers in their midst while also being told to investigate potential threats. Better advice is to not engage.
In online communities, people can explore their interests – even if they’re not common ones. tomass2015/iStock/Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

What teens see in closed online spaces like the Discord app

Initially a service to let gamers voice and text chat while playing, most of Discord’s current users build and maintain online communities – though not always very big ones.
The zoom-bombing of online meetings, classes and social events reflect a disturbing trend. (Shutterstock)

Zoom-bombings disrupt online events with racist and misogynist attacks

Zoom-bombing disrupts people’s use of the Zoom platform for work, study and socializing. Zoom-bombing events have included racist and misogynist attacks on users.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, with his wife Jenny Morrison, used a campaign rally at the Breakers Country Club in Wambarel to speak about online safety on May 5 2019. Mick Tsikas /AAP

Coalition plans to improve online safety don’t address the root cause of harms: the big tech business model

It’s easy to legislate for new offences and more incarceration. It’s harder – and more expensive – to ensure the community is safer in the long term. This involves addressing causes, not effects.
Everyone’s using technology – but they’re not all as safe as they could be. Akhenaton Images/Shutterstock.com

What teenagers need to know about cybersecurity

A cybersecurity expert offers tips to keep high schoolers safe on mobile devices, computers, games and social media.

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