Teenagers Engaging In ‘Digital Self-Harm’

In past decades, teenagers struggling to deal with their emotions might have coped by taking a razor blade to their forearm or extinguishing cigarettes on their skin. Today’s teens, products of the internet era, have found an additional outlet. Approximately 6% of adolescents between 12 and 17 years old engage in a practice known as [...]

Aggression, Shame, Winning At All Costs: The Real Values We’re Teaching Kids Through Sport

Without a doubt, this time of year is all about winning. Thanks to the last few weeks of finals fever, the media has been full of tales about underdogs triumphing and boys from the wrong side of the tracksmaking good because of the saving grace of sport. The football grand finals are one thing, but should we be concerned [...]

By | 2017-10-06T12:17:29+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Categories: Bullying, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Does Your Child Have Enough Friends?

Combatting loneliness needs good coaching from parents.   It’s worth asking ourselves as parents whether we should be worried about the number of friends our children have. Increasingly, I hear parents complaining that their child seems isolated, or doesn’t have “real” friends that they spend enough time with. Indeed, a Childtrends report found that up to 30% of teens [...]

By | 2017-09-11T17:03:34+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Bullying, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: |0 Comments

‘Traditional’ Bullying Still Far Outstrips Online Abuse Among Teens

“Traditional” bullying like name-calling and exclusion still far outstrips cyber-bullying among teens - despite the huge popularity of social media, researchers have claimed. A study published in the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal found that only 1% are victims of just cyber-bullying, compared to 27% who are just abused in person.  Instead, experts say that it [...]

By | 2017-09-11T16:11:34+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Bullying|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Talk to Kids About Racism

Have you talked to your kids about race and racism? Maybe you think they’re still too young or that a specific conversation isn’t really necessary? They’re never too young, and an ongoing dialogue about race and racism is a really good idea, says Rachel Berman, graduate program director of the School of Early Childhood Studies [...]

By | 2017-08-28T14:58:22+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Categories: Bullying, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: |0 Comments

When is a Friendship Toxic?

Friendships can be complicated. The childhood fantasy of a BFF who is always nice, kind, empathetic, available… is generally shattered relatively early when they come to the realisation that friendships are complex relationships that ebb and flow, weaken and strengthen and have other relationships attached to them. We all want and need friends. One, two, [...]

Why Telling our Sons to ‘Be a Man’ is the Worst Thing We Can Say

There's a three-word lie whispered to every little boy, over and over again, that's ruining society, trashing lives and can be blamed for everything from domestic violence, to rape culture, casual sexism and the rise of the hilarious-but-dangerous men's rights movement.The insidious lie we all believe by the time we can walk and talk is [...]

Why Bullied Children Are Reluctant To Seek Help From Teachers

In Australia, approximately one student in five is bullied at school every few weeks or more often. Many of these students suffer serious emotional and psychological harm, such as persistent anxiety, depression and suicidal thinking, and are unable to concentrate on their school work. It is clear they need help. Teachers routinely inform students that [...]

By | 2017-07-03T16:47:40+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments