Author tack­les tech­nol­ogy trou­bles

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AUTHOR of the Dark Side of Tech­nol­ogy Brad Hud­dle­ston gave a se­ries of talks about cyber safety and the overuse of tech­nol­ogy to stu­dents and par­ents at St Cather­ine’s Col­lege in Proser­pine last week.

The Amer­i­can author and pub­lic speaker is cur­rently tour­ing Aus­tralia to warn young peo­ple and their par­ents about the risks they face while on­line and he de­liv­ered pre­sen­ta­tions to the stu­dents dur­ing the day and a com­mu­nity talk last Wed­nes­day night.

“You may not want to know the se­cret, darker side of your com­puter, smart-phone, or video game, but you need to know. Like it or not, we are be­com- ing more deeply de­pen­dent on tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

“Ul­ti­mately, the prob­lem is not tech­nol­ogy. The prob­lem is dark­ness. Com­put­ers and phones do not cy­ber­bully, con­sume pornog­ra­phy, send 500 text mes­sages a day or com­mit on­line adul­tery. Peo­ple do. And peo­ple who don’t un­der­stand the risks are fall­ing ev­ery­day.”

Sergeant Nigel Pa­ton from the Mackay Crime and Preven­tion Unit said that Mr Hud­dle­ston had a pro­found im­pact on ev­ery­one he spoke to, giv­ing them prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion and meth­ods on how to stay safe on­line and find the right bal­ance.

“Overuse of tech­nol­ogy is a real prob­lem with young peo­ple to­day and it’s im­por­tant to re­alise that th­ese be- haviours can have neg­a­tive im­pacts on ev­ery­one’s lives,” Sergeant Pa­ton said.

IN­TER­NET SAFE: Sergeant Nigel Pa­ton from the Mackay Crime Pro­tec­tion Unit, author of Dark Side of Tech­nol­ogy Brad Hud­dle­ston and St Cather­ine's deputy prin­ci­pal Kath Hunter at the in­ter­net safety in­for­ma­tion night held at the school last week.

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