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Using digital technologies and social media for good

July 31 - August 31

As parents and educators, we want our young people to be innovators and change agents – empowered to make a positive difference in the world they live in. But what happens if our young people are increasingly being exposed to negative social behaviours (via social media) that follow a ‘pack mentality’ aggressively online? Where does that leave us as a society?

As luck would have it, The Project (Tuesday night 30 July, 2019) interviewed Jonathan Haidt (Social Psychologist from America) who talked about the age of outrage. He talked about how humans have evolved into moral, social, co-operative creatures, but are also good at fighting. Social media comes along and we’re especially good at ‘turning up’ the aggression online.


Tessa Gray