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Children As Young As 8 Years Old Are Battling With Poor Body Image

Startling new research has found that Aussie kids as young as eight are suffering from poor body image, and the consequences could be catastrophic. Children as young as eight are suffering from body image issues that could have serious and long-term health consequences, startling new research has found. A study released by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has discovered a link [...]

By |2019-02-15T10:53:47+00:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Body Image, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

School shooters usually show these signs of distress before they open fire

Two years before he lined his schoolmates up against a classroom wall and executed them one by one, the student, who would become the gunman, tried to show his English teacher something important. He had quietly slid up his sleeves to reveal the cut marks running down his arms. The teacher panicked. A novice educator [...]

Tech Tent: Is the Internet Bad For Us?

From encouraging suicide to giving young people an unhealthy addiction to staring at smartphones, digital technology has been accused in recent days of doing more harm than good. On Tech Tent we explore the impact of the internet on our mental health - and meet two people with different solutions for dealing with stress. In [...]

Why Doesn’t Sex Ed Cover Body Image?

Without a doubt, American sexual education needs a lot of work. Only 25 states even mandate that it be taught in public schools, and only 13 states require those sex ed programs to be medically accurate. In 2016, a study published by the Guttmacher Institute found today's teens are actually receiving less education on topics like contraception and STI prevention than they [...]

Instagram to Scrub its Site of all Graphic Self-Harm Images Following Teenage Girl’s Suicide

The social media site Instagram has said it will remove all graphic self-harm images following the death of a British teenager. The parents of Molly Russell, 14, said she committed suicide in 2017 after she viewed distressing material about depression and suicide. Her family saw the posts when they inspected her Instagram use after her [...]

So Your Child Wants to Be a Youtuber, What Now?

Not that long ago, the height of ambition for many children was to be a children's television presenter. Then there was a brief period when everyone wanted to be an X Factor star. Okay, we may mourn the days when children dreamt about becoming firemen and astronauts, but all of this sounds quaint now that [...]

By |2019-02-11T14:08:47+00:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Instagram: Beware of Bad Influencers…

The sun-drenched beaches of Exuma gleamed as brightly as the skin of the world-famous supermodels stretched out on yachts or dancing around flickering fires in the promotional video for Fyre, the glamorous music festival turned shambles turned scam that became the subject of the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. The likes [...]

Anxiety on Rise Among the Young in Social Media Age

The number of young people in the UK who say they do not believe that life is worth living has doubled in the last decade, amid a sense of overwhelming pressure from social media which is driving feelings of inadequacy, new research suggests. In 2009, only 9% of 16-25-year-olds disagreed with the statement that “life [...]

‘If You’d Seen What I’d Seen’: Chilling Message to Parents from Police

"If you'd seen what I'd seen, you would never allow your child alone in their bedroom with an internet-capable device." Detective Inspector Jon Rouse, from Queensland's Taskforce Argos which investigates internet-facilitated crimes against children, has delivered a chilling warning to parents. He was among detectives to speak in a video released by the Queensland Police [...]

By |2019-02-11T12:27:13+00:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

One Boy’s Journey with ADHD…and Waffles

My son, Aiden Dennis, was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at age 5. He is now 11 years old and, with a little inspiration from a waffle, he’s also the author of an award winning book that aims to help other neurodiverse kids like himself. This is his story, but it’s also mine. [...]