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Generation Next is a social enterprise providing education and information to protect and enhance the mental health of young people.

Why boys wrestle, play fight and fidget

Dr Michael Nagel breaks down the biochemical reasons why young boys in particular are almost constantly moving and exhibit frequent playful aggression. He relates how both testosterone and serotonin impact on the brain chemistry of boys in more pronounced ways than for girls, making them much more prone to restlessness, fidgeting and inattentiveness regardless of [...]

By |2019-04-18T17:29:40+10:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Youth mental health Budget focus, but what’s the situation really like?

Youth mental health becoming more prominent in Australian politics has spurred more interest in the public on assessments of the scale and nature of the problem. In this article, Generation Next co-founder Ramesh Manocha and other experts explain what is causing the youth mental health crisis and the most concerning trends now being evidenced in [...]

Technology and learning in the classroom: six tips to get the balance right

Australia was one of the first countries in the world to have more computers than students in schools. But as the numbers of computers and other technological devices increased, student performance did not. The days of cramming computers into classrooms and expecting improvements in learning are numbered. Some argue there’s little evidence to justify investment [...]

By |2019-04-18T16:23:26+10:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Green space and the power of nature play for shaping the developing brain

Every parent wants their child to grow into a strong, successful human being, but how is this best achieved? The kind of play experiences that help cultivate the development of successful traits are found via a genuinely challenging environment, where kids can test their abilities in self-assessment, problem-solving, risk-taking, and adaptation in response to difficulties [...]

By |2019-04-15T16:54:36+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Integrated Cultures ACT Mahatma Gandhi Essay Competition

Integrated Cultures ACT is proud to announce an “Essay writing competition” to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the eminent political and spiritual leader of India’s independence movement, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as “Gandhi”. He pioneered and practiced the principle of Satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass nonviolent civil disobedience. He has inspired the civil [...]

By |2019-04-15T17:19:59+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Ultimate Guide to School Holiday Activities

It can be a challenge to keep kids occupied over school holidays, especially if you have a limited budget and want to keep screen time to a minimum. This handy list of activities is good for hours of screen-free fun, and most are at low-to-no cost. It's a good mix of indoor and outdoor activities, [...]

By |2019-04-15T17:19:35+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Home alone: how to keep your kids safe (and out of trouble) when you’re at work these holidays

Many working parents battle with school holidays, especially the long period between Christmas and the start of the new school year. Most people receive four weeks’ leave a year, but school holidays take up about 12 weeks of the year. The maths clearly doesn’t add up. Even if both parents take their leave at different [...]

By |2019-04-15T18:32:26+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘Safe’ teen drinking? Here’s why parents shouldn’t facilitate it

This article debunks the commonly held belief that young people will be safer and better adjusted if allowed alcohol by parents in a controlled environment. It not only outlines the increase in teen binge drinking which is more likely under this style of parenting, but also the increased incidence of alcoholism later in life and [...]

By |2019-04-11T10:05:55+10:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Self-harm ‘contagion effect’ among children and teens

This article explores the growing concern that Victorian young people are self-harming in emulation of their peers, following a spike in reported cases of self harm in the state. It also assesses the extent to which self-harm may simply be more commonly detected and talked about, as well as the psychological drivers behind the phenomenon [...]

I couch-surfed across Australia to talk to 4,000 young people about what matters to them

This article outlines the key issues that concern Australian young people, as well as how this effects the wider community. It goes on to showcase opinions from young people that they feel left out of societal decision making and invisible in the eyes of Australia's political leaders. As a result, it posits that the voting [...]

By |2019-04-08T18:30:38+10:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments