Eyes on our Children?

When our four children went to their bedrooms, as parents we knew this was a safe, private space.  That tells you something about my age, and more importantly, how much has changed in one generation.  Now with technology anyone might be there! If you haven't yet watched The Social Dilemma please do. The very people responsible for applying social and behavioural science to help build the big digital platforms are now alarmed about what they created. So alarmed, they do not want their own children on those platforms, and recommend strong surveillance of online activity. When today's children go to their rooms with their technology, anyone...good....bad....friendly....harmful....can be in the room with them. Today's big digital platforms were not designed for child safety.  They are the 21st century addition to risks for the abuse and exploitation of children. And they bring [...]

Change for good – let’s do it now!

I well remember a conversation with family friend Matt Tilley over five years ago, discussing the need to increase community generosity ... "Jo what if everyone in Australia on one day just gave a dollar...we could raise $20 million in one day."   Matt of course in his energetic way went on to try and make that happen with the Aussie Dollar Drop Foundation at the Victorian election in 2018.  The ever delightful Hamish Blake joined in to help.   And now this idea of everyone contributing their change, has expanded to a specially minted charitable coin , a world first coin to remind people how easy it is to give and in giving you are part of #ChangeforGood. And if not now, then when would be a better time to have everyone join together, give a little for the [...]

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