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April 2020

Coronavirus could be a reset button for youth anxiety

By |2020-04-06T15:52:09+10:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

There are of course not many upsides to a global pandemic, but one of them may be that the single biggest threat to youth wellbeing is lessened. Founders of free-play advocacy organisation Let Grow, Lenore Skenazy and Peter Gray, point out that anxiety is an already huge problem for young people that has also been [...]

After COVID-19: The Longer-Term Impacts of the Coronavirus Crisis on Education

By |2020-04-06T15:34:08+10:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is stress-testing all aspects of society in uncomfortable and unsettling ways. In terms of education, COVID-19 has already stretched our education systems to breaking-point. By the end of March 2020, school closures had affected over 1.3 billion children and young people across the globe – that is nearly 80 per [...]

The psychology of isolation

By |2020-04-06T15:32:35+10:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Resilience|Tags: , , , |

Self-isolation can be difficult and boring, but it can also be an opportunity for self-reflection and renewal. In many cultures, this is traditionally the purpose self-isolation has served.Self-isolation in religious traditions is in many ways about practising self-restraint and withdrawing from the ills of society. Fasting during Ramadan, Good Friday or Lent are exercises in [...]

COVID-19 has thrown year 12 students’ lives into chaos. What can we do?

By |2020-04-06T15:32:03+10:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Anxiety, Education|Tags: , , , |

Schools have been progressively moving classes online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there is uncertainty over what the next months may bring. This has thrown many year 12 students’ lives into chaos. States and territories are yet to determine what will happen with final year exams. More than 180,000 students are expected to complete [...]

March 2020

How to Use a School Closure to Surge Ahead Academically

By |2020-03-24T17:37:37+11:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Education|

The probability of school closures to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a major challenge for senior school students. It is tempting to view this as an extended holiday with time for crashing out on the couch, watching squillions of episodes of Games of Thrones (again), spending endless hours messaging friends and consuming [...]

What my students taught me about reading: old books hold new insights for the digital generation

By |2020-03-24T17:36:19+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

Every year about 150 students enrol in the introductory English literature course at the Australian National University, which I teach. The course includes works by Shakespeare, Austen, Woolf and Dickens. I know what these books did for me as a student 20 years ago, but times have changed. I am curious to discover what reading [...]

10 tips to safeguard sleep in the anxious times of COVID-19

By |2020-03-24T17:36:19+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , |

With the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, one of the recommendations by experts is social distancing and self-isolation when you experience symptoms. With the increase in travel restrictions and staying home, this is a good time to catch up on all the sleep lost as a result of our busy lifestyles. We spend a third [...]

Coronavirus lockdown is a dangerous time for victims of domestic abuse – here’s what you need to know

By |2020-03-24T17:36:19+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Violence|Tags: , , , |

Emphasis is currently being placed on people to self-isolate from their places of work and leisure, posing the home as a place of relative safety during the coronavirus pandemic. However, there is growing concern about what impact this might have on those trapped in intimate relationships with people who use violence and abuse. For some [...]

How to talk to your children about coronavirus: top 10 questions answered

By |2020-03-23T13:30:04+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

Don't be afraid to talk to your kids about the pandemic. They need to hear from you. Professor Jennie Hudson, Director of Macquarie University's Centre for Emotional Health, has advice that will help. Your children have definitely heard about coronavirus, and right now they are looking to the adults in their life for guidance. Importantly, [...]

What we don’t understand about young people’s motivations

By |2020-03-09T11:29:21+11:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Positive Psychology, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

Young people are demanding change. In the last few days, young Indigenous activists and their supporters blocked parliamentarians in Victoria, B.C., from accessing the provincial legislature and led waves of protest across the country. For some young people, climate change is urgent. For others, gun violence is a crisis. From truth and reconciliation to inclusion [...]