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Cartoon Characters On Food Packaging Are Fuelling Australia’s Childhood Obesity Crisis

Cartoon characters on food packaging such as Kellogg's Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam are fuelling Australia's childhood obesity crisis and should be restricted, public health experts say. Researchers at the Obesity Policy Coalition surveyed 186 packaged foods with cartoon characters designed to lure children, and found 52 per cent were classified as unhealthy, based [...]

By | 2017-07-03T16:40:51+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Obesity|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem

It’s perfectly normal for someone to feel anxious or depressed after receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness. But what if the reverse occurs and symptoms of anxiety or depression masquerade as an as-yet undiagnosed physical disorder? Or what if someone’s physical symptoms stem from a psychological problem? How long might it take before the [...]

By | 2017-07-03T15:44:30+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Practical Tips For Keeping Kids Safe On Social Media

When a new study surfaced a few weeks ago revealing that, of all the major social media networks, Instagram was the most detrimental to young people's mental health, it made alarmist news headlines around the world. But for Sydney-based online safety expert Leonie Smith, it was business as usual. "I've seen more porn, more drug [...]

By | 2017-06-26T12:25:16+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

15 Things You Should Never Do To An Introverted Child

If you are an extrovert – your introverted child might completely baffle you? I have worked with parents who have said things like, “We are so outgoing. How did we have such an introverted child?” and “What should we do to help her?” For starters – she doesn’t need help. At least – not for [...]

By | 2017-06-26T16:08:12+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Screen Time And Kids: What’s Happening In Our Homes?

Owning your own smartphone or tablet is now the new normal for Australian children, new research released today shows. The latest Australian Child Health Poll has found that almost all Australian teenagers, two- thirds of primary school-aged children and one-third of pre-schoolers now own their own tablet or smartphone. As well as owning their own [...]

By | 2017-06-26T14:52:32+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Helping Grieving Children Through Losing A Pet

The loss of a pet is often a child’s first experience with death. Understanding the unique ways that children view pets and respond to their passing can help parents to ease the grieving process. Joshua Russell, an assistant professor of environmental science at Canisius College in Buffalo, who has studied the effects of pet loss [...]

By | 2017-06-19T13:23:18+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Why Children Are Spending Less Time Doing Household Chores

In August, Treasurer Scott Morrison warned that “Australia has a generation growing up expecting government handouts”. Researchers have labelled this the “Me Generation”. Some even say we are facing a “me, me, me epidemic”. So why have today’s young people become more narcissistic? According to research, the decrease in young people’s levels of empathy is [...]

By | 2017-06-19T13:12:30+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

New Research Suggests The Rate Of Suicide And Suicidal Thoughts Among Children Is Skyrocketing

Severe mental illness is challenging enough for adults to manage. Many spend years seeking treatment before they find something that works. For children, the picture is even grimmer. New research suggests that the rate of suicide and suicidal thoughts among children is skyrocketing. What’s behind this crisis in child mental health? Here are five key [...]

By | 2017-06-09T11:00:36+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

New Guidelines Have Been Developed To Tackle The Problem Of Concussions In Children And Adolescents, But Is This Enough?

New international guidelines have been developed to tackle the problem of sports-related concussion (SRC) in children and adolescents, but medical researchers admit they do not know enough about the long-term damage it may do to young people. Every week across Australia, hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents descend on sporting fields, tracks and courts [...]

6 Tips To Make Meal Times Less Stressful For Your Children And For Yourself

Meal times with young children can be stressful, especially after a day at work or a day caring for them. And if they refuse to eat the nutritious dinner you’ve cooked, this can easily lead to frustration. Here are six things you could do to make meal times a bit less stressful. Tip 1: Get [...]

By | 2017-06-09T10:50:06+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments