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Teen Matters: Why we need to start listening

If you only listened to the media, you'd think young people today are all problems and no positives. Clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller and educator John Hendry aren't having a bar of it. Although they aren't downplaying the issues facing young Australians, they're quick to point out that young people are now generally smart, responsible and [...]

By |2019-10-14T14:34:06+11:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We know it harms kids to see smoking on TV. What about rape?

TV producers are thankfully removing or omitting content such as depictions of smoking and suicide from their programs. The same cannot be said for sexual violence. While pornography has rightly been the main focus of concerning, graphic depictions of sexual assault available to young people, there are also a troubling number of sexual assault scenes [...]

By |2019-10-14T16:43:48+11:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Sexual Assault|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

When mothers are killed by their partners, children often become ‘forgotten’ victims

Last month, eight women died as the result of male violence in Australia. Five were within one week. In six of the cases, the alleged perpetrator was a current or former partner. These figures seem all too familiar. This time last year, seven of the nine women allegedly killed by a male perpetrator were in [...]

By |2019-10-14T11:27:43+11:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Trauma, Violence|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How music therapy can help anxious children

According to the NHS, as many as one in eight children aged five to 19 faces a mental health challenge. And a significant number of these cases are related to some form of anxiety. Of course, a degree of anxiety or worry may be a normal state of affairs for young people – particularly when [...]

IT: Chapter 2 raises fresh concerns about horror movie promo and children

Peak national body Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) has claimed that promotions of the movie IT: Chapter 2 have been irresponsible due to the use of graphic imagery in places that children can easily see, such as outdoor posters and internet advertising. ACCM President, Professor Elizabeth Handsley, said yesterday, “The impacts of [...]

By |2019-09-16T17:46:54+11:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Trauma|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Kristy Goodwin: “Teachers have a ‘moral imperative’ to wean kids off tech”

Reporting from Generation Next's Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People seminar 2019, EducationHQ's Sarah Duggan wrote an article to relate the key messages from Kristy Goodwin's presentation, 'Managing Attention Span in the Age of Digital Distraction'. Kristy's main takeaway is that the ability to focus is a skill in its own right, and in [...]

By |2019-09-16T16:01:14+11:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We need to stop perpetuating the myth that children grow out of autism

Around 1% of the population has an autism spectrum disorder, with estimates ranging from one in 150 to one in 70. While people differ in the range and severity of their symptoms, common features include difficulties with communication and social interaction, restrictive and repetitive behaviours and interests, and sensory sensitivities. According to the 2017 Autism [...]

By |2019-09-16T13:02:38+11:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Anxiety and depression: why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs

Spending time in outdoors, taking time out of the everyday to surround yourself with greenery and living things can be one of life’s great joys – and recent research also suggest it’s good for your body and your brain. Scientists have found that spending two hours a week in nature is linked to better health [...]

By |2019-09-09T13:06:59+11:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness|0 Comments

In a world of cyber threats, the push for cyber peace is growing

Digital conflict and military action are increasingly intertwined, and civilian targets – private businesses and everyday internet users alike – are vulnerable in the digital crossfire. But there are forces at work trying to promote peace online. It will be a tough challenge: In May 2019, Israel responded to unspecified cyberattacks by Hamas with an [...]

By |2019-09-09T12:50:38+11:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

Children who nap are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems: study

Nighttime sleep is important of course, but daytime naps matter just as much. New research emerging from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal Sleep reinforces the benefits of naps for children. This comprehensive study found children who took naps not only experienced positive changes in mood and [...]

By |2019-09-09T12:50:35+11:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Science & Research, Sleep, Uncategorized|0 Comments