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Positive Stories About Teens Rarely Make Headlines – Here’s why that Matters

Viewing the younger generation as either trouble or troubled is nothing new. In the 4th century BC even the usually open-minded Plato clutched his proverbial pearls in despair, “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild [...]

‘Race Should not Divide Australians’: New Commissioner Chin Tan

The Malaysian-born lawyer turned academic believes its a misconception to say 'Australia is a racist country'. "There are obviously racial challenges many countries would have," he told SBS News. "But it's not the same as equating the whole nation as being racist." "I've always espoused the view that Australia, compared to many other countries around [...]

Ashton Kutcher’s High-Tech Approach to Saving Sex Trafficking Victims

According to the FBI, sex trafficking of children in this country has become a nationwide problem. And traffickers target troubled girls with low self-esteem -- girls like Alyssa Beck. Beck was just a naïve 15 year old living in Jacksonville, Florida, when she found herself trapped in a sex trafficker's web. She would be in [...]

By |2018-09-28T11:06:22+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Lawnmower Parents are the New Helicopter Parents & We are Not Here for It

Recently, I was called down to the main office in the middle of my planning period. I needed to pick up an item that a parent dropped off for their child. Thinking it was something like an inhaler or money for dinner, I was happy to go retrieve it. When I got to the front [...]

New Gender Rules: Girls Can Be Anything They Want but Still Must Look Good

Girls have been told they can be anything they want to be, and it shows. They are seizing opportunities closed to previous generations — in science, math, sports and leadership. But they're also getting another message: what they look like still matters more than any of that. Boys seem to have been largely left out [...]

In World’s ‘Happiest’ Countries, Signs of a Happiness Gap

The Nordic countries regularly appear at the top of an annual list of the world's happiest nations, but their reputation as "happiness superpowers" masks the difficulties of a significant part of the population, a new analysis shows. Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland led the 2018 ranking of the World Happiness Report, and Sweden wasn't far [...]

America Soured on My Multiracial Family

There are three fundamental, complicating truths about adoption. First, every single adoption begins with profound loss. Through death, abandonment, or even loving surrender, a child suffers the loss of his or her mother and father. Second, the demographics of those in need of loving homes do not precisely match the demographics of those seeking a [...]

By |2018-09-03T12:10:23+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Psychological Core of Unethical, Anti-Social People

None of us are perfect, and all of us occasionally do things that hurt other people. But, some people do things that hurt other people far more often, and with far more serious consequences, than the rest of us do. Psychologists have been interested for many years in understanding people who regularly harm other people [...]

How ‘Love Island’ Puts Teenage Girls at Risk

In an interview earlier this month, the stars of BBC drama series, Age Before Beauty, criticised programs such as Love island for promoting unrealistic beauty expectations and plastic surgery among younger people. One of the stars of the show, Lisa Riley, expressed concerns that reality TV risked being "treacherous" to young people over body image. [...]

Here’s How Dads Can Help Raise Body-Positive Kids

Picture this: Rachel is looking at herself in the mirror, wondering if her bum looks too big. She's four, and last week she heard dad say to mum that chick from The Bachelor was looking "a little porky". It was while he was scrolling through Instagram, about to head to the gym to "work off [...]

By |2018-08-13T10:59:21+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments