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November 2019

Public places through kids’ eyes – what do they value?

By |2019-11-18T11:30:32+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Children are too rarely asked their perspectives on public spaces. Traditionally, adults make choices for children, particularly about how they live and play. In yet-to-be-published research* on behalf of a local council, we asked 75 children aged 7-12 from ten primary schools in a disadvantaged area of Sydney to map what they value in their [...]

Is social media damaging to children and teens? We asked five experts

By |2019-11-18T11:30:33+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , |

If you have kids, chances are you’ve worried about their presence on social media. Who are they talking to? What are they posting? Are they being bullied? Do they spend too much time on it? Do they realise their friends’ lives aren’t as good as they look on Instagram? We asked five experts if social [...]

An 8-year-old made US$22 million on YouTube, but most social media influencers are like unpaid interns

By |2019-11-18T11:30:32+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , |

Like any eight-year-old, Ryan Kaji loves to play with toys. But when Ryan plays, millions watch. Since the age of four he’s been the star of his own YouTube channel. All up his videos have gained more than 35 billion views. This helped make him YouTube’s highest-earning star in 2018, earning US$22 million, according to [...]

Children learn through play – it shouldn’t stop at preschool

By |2019-11-18T11:30:33+11:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Creativity, Education|Tags: , , , |

The transition from preschool to school is a big deal for many children and parents. Over the next few weeks, many preschoolers will take part in a transition program, designed by their teachers, to prepare them for school. They’ll meet their foundation teachers, spend some time in a classroom and hopefully make some new friends. [...]

How to support mental health of young people in the workplace

By |2019-11-12T07:35:48+11:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

Mental health issues amongst children and young adults have risen significantly in recent years. Whether this is due to the erosion of stigma surrounding the subject (and reporting it) or whether social, economic or technological concerns are to blame is a matter of some debate. Regardless of the causes of this rise, mental health is [...]

Too much screen time hinders brain development in preschoolers

By |2019-11-12T07:49:19+11:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Screen Use, Technology|Tags: , , , |

It's fairly settled by now that too much screen time isn't good for kids, but for specifics we have to turn to science. A new study from researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center may have filled in some of the blanks, finding that preschool-aged children had lower levels of white matter in their [...]

Treating suspected autism at 12 months of age improves children’s language skills

By |2019-11-11T14:29:28+11:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: ASD|Tags: , , , |

Therapies given to infants before they receive a diagnosis of autism may lead to important improvements in their language abilities, according to our new research published today in the journal Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. Children with autism typically begin therapy after receiving a diagnosis, which usually doesn’t occur until at least two years of [...]

Dogs really can chase away loneliness

By |2019-11-08T11:48:23+11:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

Feeling lonely? A dog may help. Our research out today confirms what many dog owners already know: dogs are great companions that can help you to feel less lonely. Cuddles and slobbery kisses, meeting other dog owners in the park and a general lift in mood all likely help. But our study, published today in [...]

How P*rn Changes Teens’ Thoughts About Sex

By |2019-11-04T11:58:04+11:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

This talk is a rare thing in the discussion around teen pornography use: a measured, balanced take that doesn't shy away from the harms, but also avoids unhelpful moralising. This is unsurprising given the speaker's stance and background. As a trained social scientist with a sex-positive mindset, Prof Rothman is both trained to be objective [...]

10 surprising ways to help an anxious child calm down

By |2019-11-04T15:04:20+11:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

When we think about support for anxiety, as with most mental health conditions, we're most likely to think of therapy and other fairly cerebral measures. But when someone is in the midst of an anxious situation, their ability to think and reason is severely impaired because their brain is being flooded with adrenaline. This is [...]