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Chew and spit: high rate of eating disorder warning sign among school kids

New Australian research into body image and eating disorders in adolescents has found an alarming rise in the prevalence of chewing and spitting out food. More than one in ten of the cohort of over 5,000 11- to 19-year-olds reported having spat out food at least once per week, with 2.5% having done so four [...]

By |2019-12-02T14:19:02+11:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Reading is more than sounding out words and decoding. That’s why we use the whole language approach to teaching it

When I was younger, I decided to learn Greek. I learnt the letter-sound correspondences and could say the words – the sounds, that is. But although I could and still can decode these words, I can’t actually read Greek because I don’t know what the words mean. Being able to make the connection between the [...]

By |2019-11-25T14:19:07+11:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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+10:00September 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+10:00September 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+10:00September 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+10:00September 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+10:00September 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+10:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Science & Research, Sleep, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to talk to your children about sexual consent

Parents and caregivers often wait until their children are older to talk about sexual consent. And many parents often leave “the sex talk” altogether – hoping that schools will do it instead. The most recent guidance for teaching consent under the relationship and sex education curriculum simply advises that lessons should be provided before the [...]

By |2019-09-09T12:50:33+10:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Consent, Sexual Education|0 Comments

Be part of National Child Protection Week (1 – 7 September)

Children do best when life is on an even keel and their parents have the support they need. By being kind to parents, supporting family-friendly policies, and building connected communities, we’re all helping to give Australia’s children the best start in life. National Child Protection Week is all about celebrating the many ways – big [...]

By |2019-09-02T16:48:03+10:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments