If we are to better protect children from online bullying, we must recognise the blurred lines between different forms of bullying and stop treating online incidents in isolation. Martha Evans explains

Recently, my dad was trying to impart astronomical knowledge to my six-year-old nephew. After many attempts, he asked: “Do you know how far the moon is from earth?”

My nephew, frustrated by the question, turned to one side and barked, “Alexa, how far away is the moon from earth?”
A soft and measured voice diffused the tension in the room: “The moon is 384,400 km from earth.”

In that moment, my dad’s face was etched with equal measures of irritation and confusion.

He had not heard of a “voice-controlled personal assistant” before and certainly had not seen one in action.

A far cry from the children in my life who have taken like ducks to water to this kind of technology. They find it normal that there is a tiny computer in the room always listening, always waiting for you to tell it what to do.

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