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February 2020

How to help young people, according to young people (and their Representative to the UN Kareem El-Ansary)

By |2020-02-24T19:23:00+11:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |

Kareem El-Ansary completed a marathon listening tour last year, visiting 56 locations from around Australia and conducting 233 consultations at a diverse range of organisations, from schools to non-profits to juvenile detention centres. The issues raised were as varied as the young people themselves, but one key message remained constant; supporting us better starts with [...]

5 ways to build a confident mindset in young people

By |2020-02-24T15:58:30+11:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Social and Emotional Learning|Tags: , , , |

How you think, effects how you feel which in turn leads how you behave. Developing a confident mindset where your thinking is constructive and hopeful, places you at an advantage in your childhood and right through to adulthood. Confident thinking and good social emotional literacy skills are crucial and provide the unwritten rules of getting [...]

Can new Snapchat features help troubled teens?

By |2020-02-21T10:49:25+11:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Mental Illness, Social Media|Tags: , , , |

Snapchat has announced a new feature called “Here For You” that promises to “provide proactive in-app support to Snapchatters who may be experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis”. The popular youth-oriented app is the latest to join a wave of social media platforms setting out to monitor and improve the well-being of their users. [...]

How parents and schools can work together to prevent grooming

By |2020-02-21T10:49:25+11:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Grooming|Tags: , , , |

Last week’s ABC’s Four Corners exposed an elite Melbourne school for failing to adequately respond to the grooming of a student by a former athletics coach, who is now a convicted offender. Several current and former staff, students and parents told Four Corners St Kevin’s College had a history of failing to adequately deal with [...]

Year 12 can be stressful, but setting strong and healthy goals can help you thrive

By |2020-02-10T16:05:05+11:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |

Research shows anxiety levels are high for many students in year 12 as they focus on academic goals that may determine their future. The way you pursue your goals can be the difference between maintaining happiness or feeling stressed. When setting and pursuing your goals, try to keep these four things in mind. 1. It’s [...]

5 Australian books that can help young people understand their place in the world

By |2020-02-10T16:05:05+11:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

Alfred Tatum, a US education professor specialising in literacy for African American boys, coined the term “bookprint”. He said it’s something we all have – a list of books that have impacted how we see ourselves and the world. What we read matters. Reading shapes the way we see the world, increases our understanding of [...]

P0rnography has deeply troubling effects on young people, but there are ways we can minimise the harm

By |2020-02-10T16:05:05+11:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Pornography|Tags: , , , |

For many young people, pornography has become the default sex educator. Children and young people are encountering pornography in greater numbers, at younger ages, and with a wider variety of content, influencing young people’s sexual lives. Research evidence from around the world shows porn has harmful impacts on young people and adults alike. Some impacts [...]

Coronavirus fears can trigger anti-Chinese prejudice. Here’s how schools can help

By |2020-02-10T16:05:05+11:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: Bullying, Education|Tags: , , , , , |

Every disease outbreak brings an accompanying outbreak of fear. Already we’re seeing coverage on the spread of coronavirus fear which leads to misinformation, an effect on the economy and, perhaps the most alarming, xenophobia . Social stigmatisation and xenophobia are, unfortunately, well known features of disease outbreaks. And there is potential for xenophobic sentiment to [...]

January 2020

Andrew Fuller’s 13 tips to set yourself up for a great year

By |2020-01-29T18:01:13+11:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

Make this the year that you will remember for the rest of your life as the time you really set yourself on the pathway to success. There are several sure-fire ways to make this a great year. Build positive relationships with everyone you know Parents, teachers, friends, everyone! One of the ways of reducing your [...]

4 ways to help your kids with homework (without doing it for them)

By |2020-01-24T10:49:09+11:00January 24th, 2020|Categories: Education|Tags: , |

Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. Parent involvement in their child’s learning can help improve how well they do in school. However, when it comes to helping kids with homework, it’s not so simple. While it’s important to show support and model learning behaviour, there is a limit to how much help [...]