Month: June 2017

Two New Worrying App Developments for Teens and Tweens

This week the social media app Snapchat launched Snap Map. It is a location tracking feature. A map shows where users are and sometimes what they are doing, as pictured above.

There has been a lot of media around the release of this update and it has been described as ‘a paedophile’s dream’. Many apps have this geolocation service, however, the upset around this one is that Snapchat is used predominantly by tweens and young teens.

High Tea at Santa

One of our Year 10 Home Economics classes spent a wonderful morning baking high tea treats for students in another Home Economics class.

The girls had to choose which delicious treats they would like to contribute to the high tea, they needed to ensure they had the correct ingredients and to prepare enough food to cater for the other students.

Some of the delicious homemade treats included were chocolate brownies, caramel slices, spinach and feta pastries, scones with jam and cream and sausage rolls, just to name a few.

Art Students Recognised

Santa Maria students received a number of awards last night at the Atwell Youth Art Awards and Year 12 student, Ava Gamblin has been accepted into the 25under25 Art Award and exhibition, run by the City of Fremantle. The exhibition opens on Friday 14 July from 6.00 pm in the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle.

Digital Saturation Linked to Falling Reading Levels

Today the average Australian household has 12 Internet enabled devices. We have invited this technology into our homes, our workplaces and our schools and as yet it is unregulated. It hasn’t been possible to study long term effects because…there has been no long term yet!

The Power of Consistency in a Now, Now, Now World

If you had to identify one thing that distinguishes this generation of teens from all those before it, I think it would be their belief in the power of now. They are the generation of instant gratification. If you want to speak to someone, you call them on their mobile device. If you want to see someone, you FaceTime or Skype.

Why a Mobile Phone Ban is a Gift to Students

The fact that parents believe mobile phones are essential to keeping kids safe is testament to the power of marketing. If phone companies really were worried about the wellbeing of children, they would be heavily marketing cheap ‘dumb’ phones…phones that just make calls. But that isn’t the case.

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