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Expect family talks about climate change this Christmas? Take tips from Greta Thunberg

As bushfires rage and our cities lie shrouded in smoke, climate change is shaping as a likely topic of conversation at the family dinner table this Christmas. Such discussions can be fraught if family members hold differing views. You may not all agree on the urgency of dealing with climate change – or indeed whether [...]

By |2019-12-12T16:36:00+11:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Building empathy is more important than ever

Empathy isn't always what people think of when considering important factors in leading a good and successful life. It's difficult, uncomfortable, and doesn't seem to yield any immediate, tangible gain for either the giver or the receiver. Like many words to do with emotions it's also fuzzy; hard enough to define, let alone quantify. Despite [...]

By |2019-10-22T11:13:06+11:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Still serving guests while your male relatives relax? Everyday sexism like this hurts women’s mental health

Sexism and misogyny harm women in many obvious ways. Women experience economic, workforce and health-care disadvantages, intimate partner violence, gendered violence in public places, and street harassment. Women are also faced with denials gender inequality still exists in 2019. Some people presume anti-discrimination legislation, equal pay, and ensuring motherhood is not a barrier to workforce [...]

By |2019-09-30T18:21:44+10:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

7 skills to teach your daughter by age 13

Despite all the progress made, our society still puts women through the wringer emotionally. From impossible body standards, to victim blaming, to the pressure to always put others before themselves, there is a whole lot for women to deal with from their teens and beyond. Although parents and caregivers can't shield girls from the world, [...]

Let’s make it mandatory to teach respectful relationships in every Australian school

Media reports of findings from the latest National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey caused a stir in recent days, with some highlighting the importance of education programs to teach young people about gender-based violence. The survey of young people, aged 16-24, revealed some concerning findings. Nearly one-quarter of respondents agreed that women tend [...]

Too much love: helicopter parents could be raising anxious, narcissistic children

The Age newspaper recently highlighted the issue of so-called “helicopter parenting” at universities. The report talked of parents contacting lecturers to ask about their adult children’s grades, sitting in on meetings with course coordinators and repeatedly phoning academics to inquire about students’ progress. Over-parenting involves parents using developmentally inappropriate tactics that far exceed the actual [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:10:04+10:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Science & Research, Society & Culture, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Youth find hope for the future through documentary play

Kathleen Gallagher, University of Toronto Today’s young people deserve to be heard. But, because of all of our technological distractions and polarized political systems, listening to others is becoming increasingly difficult. Philosopher and political scientist Roman Krznaric recently wrote an eloquent column on the harrowing prospects of “short-termism” for young people. My research has delivered [...]

By |2019-05-06T23:28:44+10:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

Five teens who changed the world

This BBC article profiles a group of teens who are making great strides in social, political and environmental arenas. Greta Thunberg is a Swedish teen activist has become a leading voice for climate change activism. Malala Yousafzai wrote and published an anonymous diary about her life in Pakistan under Taliban rule when she was just [...]

By |2019-05-07T00:45:33+10:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

Social experiment reunites neighbourhood kids

An experimental pilot program that aims to encourage kids to do what once came naturally, and go 'free-range' around the neighbourhood, has taken place in Queensland. The program, which took place late last year in two Caboolture estates, Riverbank and Rangeview, encouraged kids to go outside and play with their neighbours, according to an ABC [...]

By |2019-05-07T00:34:42+10:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments

What’s the school cleaner’s name? How kids, not just cleaners, are paying the price of outsourcing

Frances Flanagan, University of Sydney This is an edited extract from The New Disruptors, the 64th edition of Griffith Review. It is a little longer than most published on The Conversation. It is supposed to be a test of character. An A+ student sits down to the final exam of his degree and is surprised [...]

By |2019-04-30T06:54:34+10:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture|0 Comments