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September 2019

Classification of Movies and Games 2019 Survey

By |2019-09-19T17:34:44+10:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Should school uniforms be compulsory? We asked five experts

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

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 [...]

IT: Chapter 2 raises fresh concerns about horror movie promo and children

By |2019-09-16T17:46:54+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Trauma|Tags: , , , |

Peak national body Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) has claimed that promotions of the movie IT: Chapter 2 have been irresponsible due to the use of graphic imagery in places that children can easily see, such as outdoor posters and internet advertising. ACCM President, Professor Elizabeth Handsley, said yesterday, “The impacts of [...]

Kristy Goodwin: “Teachers have a ‘moral imperative’ to wean kids off tech”

By |2019-09-16T16:01:14+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , |

Reporting from Generation Next's Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People seminar 2019, EducationHQ's Sarah Duggan wrote an article to relate the key messages from Kristy Goodwin's presentation, 'Managing Attention Span in the Age of Digital Distraction'. Kristy's main takeaway is that the ability to focus is a skill in its own right, and in [...]

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

By |2019-09-16T13:19:39+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Kids learn valuable life skills through rough-and-tumble play with their dads

By |2019-09-16T13:17:52+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Emily Freeman, University of Newcastle Play is an important way for children to learn about the world around them. Through play, they learn cultural norms, socialisation guidelines and experiment with different ways to interact with their environment. But play between a father and their child or children can offer a different type of play. It’s [...]

We need to stop perpetuating the myth that children grow out of autism

By |2019-09-16T13:02:38+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |

Around 1% of the population has an autism spectrum disorder, with estimates ranging from one in 150 to one in 70. While people differ in the range and severity of their symptoms, common features include difficulties with communication and social interaction, restrictive and repetitive behaviours and interests, and sensory sensitivities. According to the 2017 Autism [...]

Why fidgeting could be good for your child’s health

By |2019-09-16T12:59:56+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

John J Reilly, University of Strathclyde and Xanne Janssen, University of Strathclyde Fidgeting is usually considered as a sign of boredom or lack of attention which can be distracting to others. Parents and teachers often demand that their children and pupils stop doing it. But fidgeting could actually be good for their health. Research suggests [...]

The most powerful family ritual? The bedtime story

By |2019-09-16T13:47:26+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

This article explores the benefits of bedtime stories, beyond what is known about reading to children generally. The main benefits it relates are psychological: this regular ritual helps kids to wind down, to be comforted, to connect with their parent and to engage their imaginations. It also covers one important physiological benefit, that reading to [...]

‘What is wrong with me? I’m never happy and I hate school’

By |2019-09-09T17:31:51+10:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Louise Remond, University of Technology Sydney Hi, I was just wondering if something’s wrong with me because I’m never happy and never want to do anything and I’m getting really lazy and I really hate school. Thanks - Anonymous Everyone experiences down days at times. Feeling flat is a normal reaction to something upsetting happening, [...]