Author tackles technology troubles
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.