Last year world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking warned that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to destroy civilization and could be the worst thing that has ever happened to humanity.  In September 2018 France will ban mobile phones in primary and middle schools. This ban on mobile phones in French schools was one of the promises made by Emmanuel Macron during his campaign to become president of France last spring. This year the UK PM, Theresa May In her address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, repeated her warning to social media firms and tech giants to better deal with extreme content, revenge porn and bullying on their networks. Then Australia kicked the year off with the news of the tragic death of Dolly, aka Amy Jayne Everett. Even the PM posted on Facebook saying his heart was breaking for Dolly and her family.…every step must be taken to reduce the incidence of bullying, whether offline or on, and eliminate it wherever we can." Despite these and other moves by politicians and scientists to try and control/regulate the internet and technology - young people continue to access an ever increasing range of online services, virtual reality, augmented reality, smart phone apps and biometric devices, to socialise, entertain, bully, but also to assist them with their emotional and behavioural problems. This presentation offers a critique of the French move to ban mobiles in schools, makes some suggestions as to what social media companies need to do to help young people and discusses how the community can reduce cyber bullying and why schools should embrace technology. The bottom line is that it is imperative for school wellbeing staff, to have an understanding of how these different sites, applications and services can be used.

About Michael

Michael works in private practice at Corporate and Personal Consulting in Melbourne. In 2015, Michael developed the Certificate of Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing with a team of experts. Delivered as a partnership between the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, the world-first certificate focuses on how technology can be harnessed to provide best practice mental health and wellbeing care in the youth sector.

He sits on the Board of the Australian Psychological Society, The Family Peace Foundation, Project Rockit and Smiling Mind; is a Community Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Playgroup Victoria; is a member of the APS committee for the Special Interest group in ePsychology; a columnist for a number of publications including the Huffington Post, Girlfriend Magazine; and is the resident parenting expert on Ch 7's Sunrise and psychologist for the top rating Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Fairfax Radio 3AW.