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Staff Narrowly Prevent Child’s Suicide as Don Dale Reaches ‘Crisis Point’

Staff unions have described Darwin's Don Dale Youth Detention Centre as once again being consumed by a violent crisis. A series of violent incidents at the centre over the last month have not been made public by the Territory Government. "It's been at crisis point for quite a while now, and it needs to get [...]

Social Media, Increased Depression, and What Parents Can Do

The risks associated with social media are regularly reported in the media, and you may have experienced some of them already yourself or with your kids. A new study (Primack et al., 2018) adds important research to the discussion, finding that negative experiences on social media are significantly correlated with increased depressive feelings (a greater [...]

National Report Reveals Widespread Bullying, Assaults and Suicide Taunts

More than 56 per cent of students with disabilities had experienced bullying over a 12-month period, a national survey has found. The survey, by Children and Young People with Disability Australia, revealed students experienced a range of bullying including being punched, kicked, headbutted, cyberbullied, spat on and having food or rocks thrown at them. Some [...]

By |2018-06-18T16:55:32+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Depression, Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Texas School Shooting Points Finger at Video Games

As the community in Santa Fe, Texas, continues to mourn the loss of 10 people killed during the country's latest mass shooting, one of the survivors says the issue has nothing to do with gun laws. A 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire in a Texas high school on Friday, claiming the lives [...]

Survey Reveals Girls as Young as 11 Catcalled and Followed

About six months ago, I was walking home from St Leonards train station in North Sydney along the Pacific Highway after a party and a car pulled up beside me. It followed me along the kerb, and a man leaned out the window and told me to get inside, first quite piningly and then very [...]

By |2018-05-28T17:20:28+00:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Tourette’s Sufferers Accepted at Camp

Living with Tourette's isn't easy for sufferers or their families - mostly because of the way people react to sudden outbursts of swearing or strange sounds and movements. But there's one place, once a year, where they can feel free. "It's just good to be around other people who understand," said Jack Van Hees in [...]

By |2018-05-21T16:48:29+00:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Sexting is Happening at a Younger Age Than Ever Before. Here’s What Parents Need to Know.

Did you know that one in three teens has had their own explicit image used against them? This startling statistic comes from a survey of 12,000 students across Australia at a Generation Next teen wellbeing event held in March. It’s also the area of expertise of cyber safety expert and founder of Internet Safe Education, former police officer and [...]

Schools Need to Use #MeToo Across Curriculum

There’s a “whole lot of sensitivity” in schools about what teachers should and shouldn’t teach when it comes to the nitty-gritty of sex education, but according to Dr Melissa Kang, one thing is clear: real life examples are a gateway to discussion. Indeed the #MeToo movement is more than just a hashtag – it’s an [...]

Suicide Twice as Likely in Victims of Cyberbullying

Children and young people under 25 who are victims of cyberbullying are more than twice as likely to self-harm and enact suicidal behavior, according to a new study. The research also suggests that it is not just the victims of cyberbullying that are more vulnerable to suicidal behaviours, but the perpetrators themselves are at higher [...]

By |2018-04-30T15:58:59+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Suicide|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Stand Up to Bullies

Humans are the most social species on the planet. Most of us spend most of our lives working, eating, sleeping, and playing in groups that range in size from two people all the way up to nations and humanity as a whole. Woven through the tapestry of our relationships are several major threads. One of these [...]

By |2018-04-13T11:47:50+00:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments