Young people are exposed to more hate online during COVID. And it risks their health

Joanne Orlando, Western Sydney University COVID has led to children spending more time on screens using social networks, communication apps, chat rooms and online gaming. While this has undoubtedly allowed them to keep in touch with friends, or connect with new ones, during the pandemic, they are also being exposed to increased levels of online [...]

By |2020-11-24T16:54:00+11:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety, Social Media|0 Comments

Child’s play in the time of COVID: screen games are still ‘real’ play

Jane Mavoa, University of Melbourne and Marcus Carter, University of Sydney Play is a core part of a healthy childhood, through which children develop social, communication, cognitive and physical skills. Children’s play adapts to its circumstances. Recently children have been incorporating pandemic related themes into their play, such as coronavirus tag, where the point is [...]

By |2020-10-02T13:09:42+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Screen Use, Technology|0 Comments

2 hours of TV a day in late childhood linked to lower test scores later

Lisa Mundy, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and George Patton, University of Melbourne Children aged 8 and 9 who watched more than two hours of TV a day or spent more than one hour a day on a computer had lower scores than their peers on reading and numeracy at ages 10 and 11, our study [...]

By |2020-09-07T16:58:44+10:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Technology|0 Comments

Helping to develop empathy in digital classrooms

Associate Professor Terry Bowles and Emma PhillipsEmpathy is one of the major ways we come to understand ourselves and those around us. It is often described as a broad capacity, ability or skill that enables people to perceive and resonate with other’s emotions – effectively, it allows us to ‘walk’ in another person’s shoes. Empathy [...]

By |2020-09-07T11:51:14+10:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Education, Technology|0 Comments

Want to see a therapist but don’t know where to start? Here’s how to get a mental health plan

Louise Stone, Australian National University Last week, the Australian government announced it will provide ten extra Medicare-subsidised psychological therapy sessions for Australians in lockdown areas due to COVID-19. In such a stressful time, many people are experiencing poorer mental health, and some need additional support. However, our mental health system is complex and fragmented, so [...]

By |2020-08-24T15:08:54+10:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Technology|0 Comments

Are your kids using headphones more during the pandemic? Here’s how to protect their ears

Peter Carew, University of Melbourne and Valerie Sung, Murdoch Children's Research Institute During the coronavirus pandemic, have your kids been using headphones more than usual? Maybe for remote schooling, video chats with relatives, or for their favourite music and Netflix shows? We have to be careful about both the volume and duration of headphone use. [...]

By |2020-06-18T15:44:22+10:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Technology|0 Comments

Can new Snapchat features help troubled teens?

Snapchat has announced a new feature called “Here For You” that promises to “provide proactive in-app support to Snapchatters who may be experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis”. The popular youth-oriented app is the latest to join a wave of social media platforms setting out to monitor and improve the well-being of their users. [...]

Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

If you have kids, chances are you’ve worried about their presence on social media. Who are they talking to? What are they posting? Are they being bullied? Do they spend too much time on it? Do they realise their friends’ lives aren’t as good as they look on Instagram? We asked five experts if social [...]

By |2019-11-18T11:30:33+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

An 8-year-old made US$22 million on YouTube, but most social media influencers are like unpaid interns

Like any eight-year-old, Ryan Kaji loves to play with toys. But when Ryan plays, millions watch. Since the age of four he’s been the star of his own YouTube channel. All up his videos have gained more than 35 billion views. This helped make him YouTube’s highest-earning star in 2018, earning US$22 million, according to [...]

By |2019-11-18T11:30:32+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Too much screen time hinders brain development in preschoolers

It's fairly settled by now that too much screen time isn't good for kids, but for specifics we have to turn to science. A new study from researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center may have filled in some of the blanks, finding that preschool-aged children had lower levels of white matter in their [...]

By |2019-11-12T07:49:19+11:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Screen Use, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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