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Sex Education Needs to Evolve to Keep Pace with Trends like Sexting, Experts Say

Could you imagine sending a sexually explicit photo of yourself to a stranger? Maybe your children can. Research published this year suggests one in seven teenagers have sent explicit texts and one in four have received them. It prompted the Australian Medical Association to overhaul its youth outreach program, Dr YES (Youth Education Session), to [...]

By |2019-01-21T17:29:08+00:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Love Drives Extremism

The human need for connection leads young people to be especially vulnerable to extremist groups who promise deep connection, comradeship, brotherhood and belonging. Even a cursory glance at recent books on extremism makes clear the kinds of emotions that most scholars and policymakers see as central to the appeal of the radical right. Titles like [...]

By |2019-01-21T15:16:24+00:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Can PTSD Be Passed Down to Kids? Emerging Research Looks at Intergenerational Trauma

The Invictus Games has highlighted the plight of veterans who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But how does it impact their families and children? Veteran and co-founder of Soldier On, John Bale, said while the veteran community had become much more open about PTSD, families were still suffering from associated anxiety and depression [...]

By |2019-01-21T14:25:39+00:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Porn making teen boys ‘impotent’

Teenage boys as young as 16 are experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction due to excessively viewing violent and hardcore pornography, an expert has revealed. And the ready access to porn on every device at any time of the day is teaching dangerous lessons about what healthy sexual relationships should be like. Psychologist and writer Collett [...]

By |2019-01-14T20:42:33+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are Parents Responsible For Their Child’s Bullying?

Cyberbullying peaks when students are on summer break, but parents are leaving teachers to deal with the fallout when the school year resumes, educators and experts say. Melbourne teacher Joel Hamilton* has had enough of your children. Specifically, he's had enough of you. "Teachers are fighting a losing battle against parents," the primary school educator [...]

By |2019-01-14T18:30:15+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Children’s Well-Being Goes Hand in Hand with Their Dads’ Mental Health

We know from new research that children whose mothers are depressed may respond differently to stress, have altered immunity and be at greater risk of psychological disorders. This work adds to the body of research showing children can be affected in negative and long-term ways by their mothers’ mental ill-health. But what about dads? Men’s [...]

By |2019-01-07T16:19:52+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Why Emotional Turmoil in Adolescence is Normal

I care deeply about young people and have done since I too was a moody, often confused adolescent who made some big, sometimes life-threatening, mistakes. The development of the physical body together with sexual urges, novelty seeking behaviours, rapidly changing moods and emotional states make adolescence a very interesting time. The developing pre-frontal lobe affects [...]

By |2019-01-07T16:11:12+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Making New Year’s Resolutions Personal Could Actually Make Them Stick

If you feel you consistently fail at your New Year’s resolutions, you are not alone. Despite our good intentions, we’re pretty poor at changing our own behaviour. We continue to smoke, eat or drink too much, and exercise too little, all of which affect our health and well-being. In trying to change behaviour (including our [...]

By |2019-01-07T16:22:20+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘I Didn’t Take the Easy Way’: Curtis Cheng’s Son on Fighting Hate with Tolerance

Three years after the worst day of his life, Alpha Cheng picks his words with care. The 31-year old schoolteacher speaks out – sometimes. He talks about what he knows: racism, his friends and what happened to his father. In October 2015, Curtis Cheng was leaving work at Parramatta police station when he was shot [...]

By |2019-01-07T15:57:41+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Is Social Media to Blame for Poor Grades?

Do teenagers who frequent Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites perform worse academically? Scientists from Germany have looked into these worries. "Concerns regarding the allegedly disastrous consequences of social networking sites on school performance are unfounded," says Professor Markus Appel, a psychologist who holds the Chair of Media Communication at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) [...]

By |2018-12-17T14:30:56+00:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments