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Create, connect and share respect: a safer internet starts with your mobile

Australians love their mobiles and the internet with research finding that mobile phones are the most popular and frequently used device for internet access. The trend towards mobile-only communications continues with 6.67 million Australian adults having only a mobile phone and no fixed-line telephone at home.

We take our mobiles with us everywhere these days and mobiles are not just phones or for texting – our mobiles give us immediate access to the internet, apps and social media wherever and whenever.

February 6th is Safer Internet Day and we are all being asked to be more respectful online.

That means, thinking before we post a picture, before we tag someone, before we make a comment. With a mobile, it can be really easy to react immediately and share our comments or photos before we’ve really had time to ask ourselves:

  • Is this comment respectful of other people’s opinions which may be different to my own?
  • Am I sharing someone else’s personal information?
  • Would I say this face to face?
  • Do I have consent before I post or share this pic or video?
  • Do I have permission to tag someone?

Read more about Safer Internet Day and how to show respect online at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s website.

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Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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Mobile tips for School leavers

Most schoolies will be keeping in touch with parents via their mobiles and so we think it's important that parents stay engaged via SMS or social media with their kids so that they know they can reach out for help if they do get caught in a sticky situation.

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Interference to mobile networks - Buyer Beware!

Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.