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It’s not only teenage girls, and it’s rarely attention-seeking: debunking the myths around self-injury

Non-suicidal self-injury is the deliberate damage of body tissue without conscious suicidal intent. It’s more specific than self-harm, a broader term that can also include suicide attempts. Self-injury is reasonably common, particularly among young people. In community samples, 17% of adolescents and 13% of young adults had engaged in self-injury. Self-injury is associated with underlying [...]

Depression: it’s a word we use a lot, but what exactly is it?

Depression is a serious disorder marked by disturbances in mood, cognition, physiology and social functioning. People can experience deep sadness and feelings of hopelessness, sorrow, emptiness and despair. These core features of depression have expanded to include an inability to experience pleasure, sluggish movements, changes in sleep and eating behaviour, difficulty concentrating and suicidal thoughts. [...]

‘We will never forgive you’: youth is not wasted on the young who fight for climate justice

This week’s United Nations climate summit may go down in history - but not for the reasons intended. It was not the tipping point for action on global warming that organisers hoped it would be. It will instead probably be remembered for the powerful address by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who castigated world leaders [...]

By |2019-09-30T13:25:38+10:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In a virtual universe of ‘perfect’ bodies, Instagram’s new policy offers important protection for young users

Instagram recently announced posts promoting diet products and cosmetic procedures will no longer be visible to users under the age of 18. While the initiative is being led by Instagram, the policy will also be in place on Facebook. Under the policy, posts that feature an incentive to buy a product, such as a discount [...]

By |2019-10-01T17:16:37+10:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Body Image, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

10 ways to get the most out of silent reading in schools

Reading aloud can help young children learn about new words and how to sound them. There’s great value too in providing opportunities for children to enjoy regular silent reading, which is sustained reading of materials they select for pleasure. But not all schools consistently offer this opportunity for all of their students. We regularly hear [...]

By |2019-09-23T17:29:58+10:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘I’m an international student in Australia. How do I tell my parents the pressure they put on me is too much?’

On behalf of student here from Hong Kong I am so worried to tell my parents that the work is too much. They want me to study hard and continue at an Australian university. – Anonymous Key points first and foremost, look after yourself try to talk to your parents, remembering they only want what’s [...]

By |2019-10-03T13:39:05+10:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Who am I? Why am I here? Why children should be taught philosophy (beyond better test scores)

In a recent TED talk titled No Philosophy, No Humanity, author Roger Sutcliffe asked the audience whether a flagpole was a place. Around half the audience said yes, the other said no. He went on to describe the response a nine-year-old gave him to that question: to me a flagpole is not a place, but [...]

By |2019-10-04T09:55:38+10:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Education, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Classification of Movies and Games 2019 Survey

Does Australia's classification system suit your family's needs? Generation Next is supporting the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) to help parents and carers navigate the increasingly complex media landscape. Australia's National Classification Scheme for movies, games and apps uses the classifications G, PG, M, MA15+ and R18+. ACCM has designed a short survey to assess the helpfulness of this system and whether it [...]

By |2019-09-30T17:30:43+10:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Should school uniforms be compulsory? We asked five experts

Whether schools should mandate a uniform is a controversial issue. Some believe wearing the same clothes smooths out inequality. Others see uniforms as authoritarian; believing them a symbol of repression, stifling freedom of thought and individuality. We asked five experts from various fields whether school uniforms should be compulsory. Rather surprisingly, among the experts at [...]

By |2019-09-16T14:46:38+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Bushwalking and bowls in schools: we need to teach kids activities they’ll go on to enjoy

Vaughan Cruickshank, University of Tasmania; Brendon Hyndman, Charles Sturt University, and Shane Pill, Flinders University Physical education is one of the most popular subjects for children in their early school years. Yet by secondary school less favourable attitudes towards what’s known in the Australian school curriculum as Health and Physical Education (HPE) can start to [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:19:05+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments