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Viewing entries tagged with 'children'

What do I do if I think a child is at risk? Sam Grover
6 July 2017

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If you think a child is at risk, can you tell someone? This video spells out the answer to this question: yes. If you think a child is at risk, tell a police officer, social worker or someone else who can help. You won’t get into trouble.

Reducing harm from family violence Becci Whitton
10 October 2016

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As you may have seen in the news over the last couple of weeks, the Government has announced broad reforms of the Domestic Violence Act 1995, aimed at reducing the harm from New Zealand’s appalling rates of family violence.

Parents' right to know: Children's right to privacy Charles Mabbett
8 July 2016


As parents, we expect to be told everything about our infants when we take them to the doctor. The same with our toddlers. By the time they get to their teens, it gets a little more complicated. Should parents have the right to know about all about their under 16-year-old’s healthcare?

Some direction on school directories Sam Grover
18 April 2016

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If you’re not familiar with school directories, here’s how they work: at the beginning of a school year, some schools publish directories with contact details for each student and his/her parents. That directory is then distributed to each parent. Parents who need to contact one another how have a directory to aid them in doing so. Easy.

Can I tell someone if I’m worried about a child? Becci Whitton
1 April 2016

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I visited my small home town for the first time in a long while over the Easter weekend. This meant having a lot of conversations that started with, “so, where are you working these days?” I would then explain the work that we do here at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, and was pleasantly surprised by how interested most people were in privacy issues! 

The Internet of Toys Tim Henwood
11 December 2015


While our fridges, toasters and socks are learning how to talk to each other, so is Barbie. While governments are finding new ways to watch what we do, how we interact and how we talk to each other, so is Barbie. And on Christmas day, while we are listening to our children run in squealing, excited circles, so will Barbie.

Predicting risk without turning children into ‘lab rats’ Octavia Palmer
31 July 2015

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Predictive risk modelling (PRM) is a hot privacy topic. The neglect and abuse of children is a social issue that has understandably galvanised public interest, the news media and government agencies. One of the ways the government is considering tackling this high priority issue is by using computer programs that make predictions about the levels of risk to a child.

Leaving no child left unmined? Octavia Palmer
29 July 2015


Here's a question that many school administrators, boards of trustees, parents and teachers across the country are currently grappling with: how to protect student privacy and still take advantage of new internet-connected education technology, increasingly known as EduTech?