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Mar
31
2015

Creating a more compassionate Facebook

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The Telstra Foundation is partnering with PROJECT ROCKIT to take their anti-bullying and youth leadership program online. Rosie, PROJECT ROCKIT cofounder, has just returned from a whirlwind trip to what is often described as ‘Disneyland for Grown-ups’ – Facebook’s Global Headquarters in Menlo Park, California. 

My name is Rosie Thomas and I’m cofounder of PROJECT ROCKIT, Australia’s biggest youth-driven movement against (cyber)bullying. Since 2006, we’ve been empowering young people to stand up and lead change by tackling bullying and building real leadership in school communities.

At PROJECT ROCKIT we believe in a world where respect and kindness thrive over bullying, hate and prejudice and all young people are free to realise their potential.

We’re super excited to be partnering with the Telstra Foundation to take our anti-bullying & leadership programs online with the creation of our Digital Classroom. As well as providing innovative education for the classroom, we’re also developing a pretty sweet app so that all young people have access to totally cool and credible anti-bullying and leadership development, no matter where they are!

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Mar
30
2015

Addressing the digital divide

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Digital connectivity is increasingly seen as an essential service, with access to the internet in many parts of the world now underpinning economic development, social connections, education, the arts, employment and social services.

It is also evident that opportunity is intrinsically linked to access. The ability to find a job or accommodation, to pay bills or stay in touch are all made simpler and quicker thanks to the internet and technology – so long as you can get online.

Our CEO, David Thodey, recently joined a social inclusion panel at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona to explore the theme ‘enabling digital, financial and social inclusion.’ David talked to the Australia context, where we are seeing the digital divide ‘narrowing but deepening.’

The telecommunications sector in Australia has been successful in connecting the vast majority of people but those that are missing out are at greater risk of being permanently left behind and barriers to digital access, be they physical, financial or literacy-based, are likely to reinforce disadvantage.

Through our ‘Everyone Connected’ programs, we are working to bridge the digital divide in Australia. Last year we delivered $194 million worth of benefits to our customers and communities through these programs, designed to foster digital access and inclusion for everyone, regardless of age, income, ability or location.

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Mar
24
2015

Who is Australia’s favourite national sports team?

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Michael Zappone is not only a part of Telstra’s Corporate Affairs team, but has been football commentator for over 20 yearsNow in his 7th season with Fox, he has covered more than 200 games and is a regular host and weekly sideline commentator. In this piece, Michael shares his thoughts on the contender for Australia’s favourite national sports team.

Yesterday Telstra announced a new partnership with four Hyundai A-League clubs, Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar, Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC, expanding on our FFA agreements and further strengthening its support of the game.

And it got me thinking, the level of support for the round ball code is growing at all levels.

It prompted me to think about the recent debate played out by the CEO of Cricket Australia James Sutherland and the CEO of the Football Federation of Australia, David Gallop about the growth of the game. Which national sporting team is number one?

It is not surprising that both CEO’s were claiming their respective teams deserved the mantle and both put up strong arguments to support their claims.

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Mar
22
2015

Telstra offers free calls to cyclone devastated Vanuatu

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Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu and surrounding islands with devastating force a week ago leaving a trail of destruction across the small archipelago. Many people have been left homeless or without essential services like water and food.

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Mar
18
2015

Let’s talk about kids and smartphones…

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There’s no doubting technology is all around us. It’s accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We use it on the train, at work, at night and even when we go to bed. However, it hasn’t always been the case, and in just ten years technology’s role in our lives has escalated quickly.

As a new mum (my son is now one year old), I believe this can be both a gift and an incredibly scary thing. It means parents have to raise kids using devices that weren’t around when we were growing up. It means unchartered territory.

I was lucky enough recently to be invited to host a panel discussion that looked at addressing key parental concerns around the rise in device use in Australia, particularly with kids.

Now my son isn’t old enough yet, but I have to admit I have already started thinking about things such as ‘when the right time is to give kids a smartphone?’ ‘what is appropriate and responsible smartphone use?’ and ‘how can I ensure a healthy balance of device use with other activities?’ And all these questions I could pose to a panel of experts – perfect!

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