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May 2019

More research needed into ‘unpleasant’ meditation experiences

By |2019-05-20T14:55:11+10:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

A recent study has found that over one quarter of regular practitioners of meditation have experienced unpleasant psychological experiences as a result, indicating a need for further research into the potential negative effects of meditation. The study, led by University College of London researchers and published in PLOS One, asked participants if they had experienced [...]

10 tips for parenting preteens

By |2019-05-20T17:39:46+10:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Many parents have difficulty when their kids hit preadolescence, as this is a major period of physical and cognitive change. In particular, a child's increased independence and need for distance from their parents can be a real struggle to adapt to. This is also a time when children need a good relationship with their parents [...]

Being the best advocate for your child with autism at school

By |2019-05-20T14:58:17+10:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

This article features advice from Emma Goodall on how parents can ensure their autistic child has the best possible experience at school. As a person with autism as well as a teacher who specialises in teaching autistic children, Emma's experience is invaluable in this area. The basis of Emma's message is to be constructive rather [...]

Not every school’s anti-bullying program works – some may actually make bullying worse

By |2019-05-20T14:58:18+10:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , |

School bullying can have serious consequences for victims including depression, psychosis, self-harm and suicide. With increasing evidence of harm, a groundswell of school anti-bullying programs and campaigns in Australia and internationally have vowed to stamp out bullying. The schools’ intentions are good, but often these programs have not been properly evaluated for effectiveness, and studies [...]

The power of perseverance

By |2019-05-13T18:34:16+10:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Uncategorized|

The more we persevere and sticks to life goals, the lower our risk of mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression in the decades that follow, a new study suggests. In the study, which was published recently in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, researchers focused on three things in particular: goal persistence, self-mastery, and [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Year 11 and 12: some teen support tips for parents

By |2019-05-13T16:37:45+10:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Education, Learning, Uncategorized|

When high-schoolers are completing their senior years, it can feel as if the whole family is doing Year 11 or Year 12, according to clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller. Parents have a vital role in helping their teens - and that includes helping them to manage their time, energy, and stress - and to get everything [...]

Online abuse: teenagers might not report it because they often don’t see it as a problem

By |2019-05-13T18:39:51+10:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Protecting children from harm online is high on the political agenda right now. The UK government has set out plans to make social media companies legally responsible for protecting users, and MPs have criticised social media platforms for relying on users to report abuse. This is a serious problem, especially if people who come across [...]

Almost every Australian teacher has been bullied by students or their parents, and it’s taking a toll

By |2019-05-06T23:50:15+10:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Paulina Billett, La Trobe University; Edgar Burns, La Trobe University, and Rochelle Fogelgarn, La Trobe University Teachers are bullied daily by parents and students. They experience the kind of harassment that would be deemed unacceptable in most workplaces. But, in the case of teachers, such treatment is often dismissed as par for the course. Radio [...]

Youth find hope for the future through documentary play

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

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 [...]