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Talk soon. Talk often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex

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Designed for parents and carers, Talk soon. Talk often was originally developed in 2011 by the Western Australia Department of Health, following research by La Trobe University to determine what parents want with regard to the sexuality education of their children. The recommendations from Parents and sex education in Western Australia – A consultation with parents on educating their children about sexual health at home and school (2008) by Sue Dyson, included the need for a high quality, attractive resource that would be long lasting and well used within families and across communities.

There have been several print runs in WA with over 60,000 books being distributed since its initial release in late 2011. Talk soon. Talk often has also been reproduced in Tasmania and its content and messaging has been used to develop shorter, specialised resources in other states.

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The original publication, written by Jenny Walsh from La Trobe University has now been updated by the HARP Team of Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District to reflect the NSW context and is being launched across the Local Health Districts of Nepean Blue Mountains, Western Sydney and Hunter New England. The changes include updated referrals, information about relevant NSW programs and legal issues. The photos have been changed to reflect the diversity of communities across NSW. 

Talk soon. Talk often is a broad resource that reflects the diversity of parent’s voices. The book is a great companion to the NSW PDHPE Curriculum, and aligns with the NSW Department of Education document About sexuality and sexual health education in NSW government schools, March 2015. It enables families to extend the classroom learning without fear or awkwardness about language and challenging questions. Talk soon. Talk often aims to establish open and honest communication from early in childhood. The book provides tips on creating easy conversations about bodies, relationships, health and sexuality, as part of routine communication.

For further information, to contact:

Bronwyn Leece Bronwyn.Leece@health.nsw.gov.au (02 4734 3998) or Louise Maher Louise.Maher1@health.nsw.gov.au

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Academic Research, New Media Technologies and the Culture of Control

An Interdisciplinary Workshop at The University of Wollongong

2 and 3 October 2015 

Organised by Mark McLelland and Andrew Whelan, School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong 

BACKGROUND

In the last decade there has been a transformation of media consumption, production, dissemination and networking enabled by expanding access to mobile broadband. One important difference between this new era and prior media transformations is the breakdown between media audiences/consumers and producers/broadcasters. The shift to digital media has led to a massive increase in user-generated content (UGC), and hybrid terms such as ‘produser’ and ‘prosumer’ have been developed to capture the new relationship that media users now have with digital content and technologies.

These rapid changes in contemporary ‘mediascapes’ have led to enhanced regulatory measures with respect to censorship, data storage and management, privacy and intellectual property. Fear and insecurity about the online environment are driving ongoing calls for increased regulation and preventative security, especially in relation to children and to terrorism. Discourses of ‘harm’ and ‘risk’ have led to a demand for a suite of regulations that now capture individuals’ online lives, burdening internet providers and users in ways that multiply this regulatory impact. These discourses and their articulations extend across government legislation and down to policies at local institutional levels: in the home, in workplaces, in schools, and also in universities. Yet within the scholarly community, there has been little interest to date in addressing the consequences for academic research itself, given research is shaped by university protocols (such as IT and acceptable use policies, data retention requirements, mandatory reporting, civility codes and ethics committees).

This workshop brings together researchers from sociology, anthropology, information technology, law, fan studies and media studies to discuss the impact that enhanced regulatory frameworks have had on shaping the kinds of research that can be undertaken and on deterring certain kinds of questions and agendas. Speakers take up ‘the challenge . . . to take a more active role in shaping public policy making that can impact on the conduct of e-research’ (Lyons et al., 2010: 159). We aim to produce a collection of papers that informs academics, online users, university lawyers and ethics committees, legislators and other interested parties about the consequences of recent legislative changes and to support the development of more effective, evidence-based policies regarding research into online spaces and the regulation of such spaces.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

  • Kath Albury (Arts and Media, UNSW): Self-Representation = Self-Incrimination: The Risks and Opportunities of Researching Young People’s Digital Cultures
  • Lyria Bennett Moses (Law, UNSW): Defining the Regulatory Space
  • Joseph Brennan (Media & Comms, USyd): Finding the Right Frame: When Fan Works ‘Play’ beyond the Limits of Classification
  • Catherine Driscoll and Liam Grealy (Cultural Studies, USYd): Media Classification and Mionoritised Adolescence
  • Terry Flew (Media and Communication, QUT): Weber, Foucault and the Governance of Media Content
  • Laura Lowenkron (Anthroplogy, Unicamp): Politics of Fear and Regulation of Desires: The Brazilian Political Crusade against Pedophilia and Child Pornography on the Internet
  • Mark McLelland (Sociology, UOW): Surveilling Fantasy: Thought Policing or Pre-Emptive Action?
  • Katina Michael (Information Sciences, UOW) The ethics of observation: who is watching who?
  • Chris Moore (Media & Communication, UOW): Persona Autosurveillance: Digital Objects, Privacy, Property and Visualising the Presentation of the Public Self
  • Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Health and Social Development, Deakin): The ‘C’ Words: Clitorises, Childhood and Challenging Compulsory Heterosexuality in Education
  • Brady Robards (Sociology, UTas): Scrolling Back on Facebook: Qualitative Research into Social Media
  • Brian Simpson (Law, UNE): Legal Narratives of Childhood in the Digital Age: Tensions and Contradictions in the Regulation of the Innocent, Autonomous or Otherwise ‘Wicked Child’
  • Andrew Whelan (Sociology, UOW): What is Obscene Enough? Pretending to Not Know — Obscenity and Absurdity
ABSTRACTS AND DRAFT PROGRAM

To book a place please email the secretariat at  uow.newmediaethics@gmail.com