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Why The Old Way of Parenting No Longer Works

Every couple of years a book or article arrives diagnosing parents with catastrophic spinelessness. The power pyramid has been inverted, they warn, and the children are in, and therefore out of, control. "Command. Don't ask. Don't negotiate," instructs Leonard Sax in his 2016 book "The Collapse of Parenting," in which he blames parents for a [...]

By | 2018-06-18T17:29:00+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Teaching Children why Failure MUST be an Option

“Failure is not an option” is a line immortalized in the movie “Apollo 13.” The maxim was the mission ethic of NASA engineers who fought to save the damaged Apollo 13 space capsule in 1970. The line has become so emblematic of persistence in the face of catastrophe that teenagers, professionals and  leaders around the world [...]

Mummy Blogs: Why They Won’t Help You Be a Better Parent

Mummy blogs and parenting forums have cornered the market on family advice, but research has found many people won't seek help because of a fear of judgement. The pressure to portray a perfect family image is blocking parents, especially low-income earners or those with health problems, from reaching out. Research from the Queensland Family and [...]

By | 2018-06-07T19:45:54+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

New Study Shows Pop Culture Encourages Men to Prey on Women

It appears we must now add Morgan Freeman to the ever-growing list of respected men accused of unrespectable behavior. Ever since the #MeToo movement launched, it seems that every week another famous name is added to the list of powerful men accused of engaging in sexual assault or harassment. One word that has popped up [...]

By | 2018-06-04T13:50:47+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: Science & Research, Society & Culture|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 [...]

Happiness Makes Hit Songs: Study

Hit songs today are "happier", more danceable and more likely to be sung by women than songs that fail to make it to the charts, a study into 30 years of musical evolution revealed Wednesday. But also it noted a somber trend: while people clearly prefer happy music, there is less and less of it. [...]

By | 2018-05-21T16:48:37+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Victorian Councils Auditing Children’s Books For Gender

Victorian councils could ban books and toys from kindergartens, schools and libraries if they don’t meet strict gender guidelines, according to reports. The Herald Sun on Monday revealed Manningham and Melbourne City Councils are among those auditing children’s books and urging a ban on the terms “boy” and “girl”. It follows research from the Australian National University that showed [...]

By | 2018-05-21T16:48:32+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|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 [...]

Rise of Sexual ‘Consent Apps’

In the world of romance post #MeToo, some young people are cautiously navigating their way through sexual relationships by using consent apps. These devices ask the user to confirm they consent to sexual activity with another user by tapping or writing on the screen of their smartphone. The number of such apps is growing, as they [...]

By | 2018-05-07T14:27:55+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments