The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is trying to stop users of mob programming, an app for children that allows them to chat online with their friends and family.
Users can set a password to lock the chatroom and limit their friends to only one person at a time.
The app, which has more than 1 million downloads, was developed by the Australian Government and launched in October.
But critics say the app does little to tackle bullying or bullying-related issues and encourages mob members to abuse people, such as children.
“If you look at how mob programming has gone in Australia, it’s been largely a success, with the vast majority of parents accepting it and children doing very well in the app,” Professor Peter White from the University of Melbourne said.
He said parents who accept the app are often the first to take action to deal with bullying or abuse.
There are about 5.5 million people aged 14 and above in Australia who use mob programming in social media accounts, including the app, according to the ABS.
Its popularity has grown since it launched.
Professor White said the popularity of the app was partly down to a “culture shock” of the technology in Australia.
“It’s a very simple way to talk to a group of people, but there’s a lot of complexity in that conversation, and there’s some people who really don’t understand the language of mob,” he said.
“People are very much used to talking to their friends, they’re not used to being part of a social network.”
The ABS is looking at ways to make the app more socially acceptable, but Professor White said a big problem was that “people are not being able to say, ‘hey, it’ll only be two people, it can’t be more than two’.” “The problem is it’s not the kind of thing that we should be able to just be doing for fun.”
The app can be downloaded for free and features chatrooms, games, quizzes and quizzes, but it is also possible to purchase a “premium” version of the chat room that allows users to chat to each other in real-time.
Professor White says the apps popularity is not surprising, as they are widely available in Australia and they are used by teenagers.
“These are a number of kids who have access to mob messaging,” he explained.
“(But) there’s also this really interesting sub-culture of kids in Australia that are using mob to communicate, and it’s a fairly well-integrated sub-community.”
If we could just do away with mob and give mob to kids and parents, it would be a big step forward in reducing bullying and reducing bullying- related issues.
“Professor White has been studying mob programming for a year and said he was surprised at how widespread the app is.
Mob programming is popular in Australia but it has been controversial because it is often used to abuse children.
Topics:internet-technology,technology,community-and-society,bullying,online-technology-and.services,education,education-facilities,internet-culture,social-media,education—australiaFirst posted February 23, 2019 17:59:35Contact Amy SmithMore stories from Australia