Scene One: It’s December 2015, in Melbourne, and the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital releases the results of its first Australian Child Health Poll. Excessive screen time has emerged as the top ‘big problem’ for the health of Australian children and teenagers ahead of obesity; not enough physical activity; unhealthy diet; bullying; illegal drug use; family [...]
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Getty Images Too much face-to-screen time and not enough face-to-face interaction could degrade kids' ability to read other people's emotions, a new study suggests. A team of researchers from UCLA discovered that a group of sixth graders who didn't use a phone, TV or computer for five days were much better at reading [...]
Erin Mackenzie, Western Sydney University; Penny Van Bergen, Macquarie University and Roberto H Parada, Western Sydney University Year 12 exams can be stressful at the best of times; this is particularly true for the Class of 2020. Here are five ways parents and carers of Year 12 students preparing for their final exams can support [...]
Kids spend nearly three-quarters of their school day sitting. Here’s how to get them moving — during lessons
Natalie Lander, Deakin University and Jo Salmon, Deakin University Regular physical activity is linked to improvements in physical and mental health including anxiety and depression. It can also improve cognitive functioning such as attention and memory, and academic achievement in children. But only 14% of Australian children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity [...]
The Lion King is a movie about a young lion cub named Simba, who idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and is eager for his own royal destiny. Scar, former heir to the throne before Simba’s birth, sends Mufasa to his death and convinces Simba that the king’s death is the young cub’s own fault. For [...]
Navigating life as a teenager can be hard, and when you need support, asking for it can be the biggest challenge. One tool - an app called MeeTwo - offers a way to seek help from behind a screen. It allows users to post questions anonymously and get answers from their peers and from undergraduate [...]
It took government intervention for Netflix to warn Australian parents about "strong suicide themes" in the first season of 13 Reasons Why. The global streaming giant originally gave the confronting television series an MA15+ rating on the grounds it portrayed strong sex scenes and violence. However, the Classifications Board reviewed the decision and ruled 13 Reasons Why should [...]
Michael Phariss, michaelphariss.com There are many ways in which quite young children can be exposed to scary screen media. It’s quite common to see very young children at violent and scary M classified movies. It’s not unusual for commercial television stations to insert unexpected, frightening and violent trailers or program promotions into G or PG family TV programs. Middle primary-aged boys often [...]
A University of Melbourne study shows that glancing at a grassy green roof for only 40 seconds markedly boosts concentration. The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, gave 150 students a boring, attention-sapping task. The students were asked to press a key as a series of numbers repeatedly flashed on a computer screen, [...]
Girls Mag Review December Melinda Tankard Reist In 147 pages of beauty and fashion shopping, advice and advertising , along with tips on catching your “crush” this summer, there are, fortunately, a few articles that will actually help girls. As you know, I always search for the personal stories which convey the reality of girls’ [...]