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December 2018

How to Talk to Your Child About Their School Report

By |2018-12-07T14:52:02+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

It’s that time of year again when you receive your child’s school report. For some parents and carers, understanding what it means can be challenging. Some children will be happy and others may be disappointed. Parents and carers need to interpret the information in the report so you can determine the strengths of your child, [...]

Survey Reveals ‘Alarming’ Attitudes of Britons on Rape

By |2018-12-07T14:03:05+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

An "alarming" proportion of adults in Great Britain remain confused about what constitutes rape, campaigners say. A third of people surveyed for the End Violence Against Women coalition said there had to be physical violence for sexual activity to count as rape. A third of males and 21% of females said it would not usually [...]

Getting Students Outdoors for Christmas

By |2018-12-07T13:53:59+00:00December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean report writing time – I mean Christmas, although you may have missed that in amongst all the assessments and general busyness that the end of the year entails. Naturally though, the kids are excited and can’t wait to celebrate, and there’s some great ways you [...]

Should You Let Your Kids Skip School to Be Part of a Political Protest?

By |2018-12-07T11:24:50+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

On Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made it clear how he felt about Australian students taking time off school to protest. "We don't support the idea of kids not going to school to participate in things that can be dealt with outside of school," he said. "We don't support our schools being turned into parliaments. [...]

November 2018

Reduce Workplace Absenteeism – Gen Next for Supporting Working Parents

By |2018-11-23T13:38:03+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture, Uncategorized|

A recent survey1 of 2000 working parents showed that mental health and wellbeing issues experienced by their children is a major cause of absenteeism. Stress, anxiety, depression, bullying and school issues are major factors for which these children need parental support. Similarly, a study by The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)2 showed that 76% of employee [...]

How to Prepare for the Transition from Year 11 to Year 12

By |2018-11-20T10:02:20+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

The transition from Year 11 to Year 12 can be challenging. The workload increases, expectations change and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. While some students find they are well prepared for the transition, other students can find it much more difficult. No matter how one finds the transition, looking back in hindsight, all students realise [...]

Middle School Misfortunes Then and Now, One Teacher’s Take

By |2018-11-20T09:57:00+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture, Technology, Uncategorized|

I started teaching in 2009. At that time, public school was very much the way I remembered it. That’s not the case anymore. Smartphones and social media have transformed students into creatures craving one thing: content. It’s a sad state of affairs. But there’s hope. Over the last few years, my students have become increasingly [...]

Where Kids Find Hate Online

By |2018-11-20T10:32:23+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety, Society & Culture, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Hate speech is all over the internet. Fueled by trolls, extremists, false information, and a group mentality, this kind of cruelty against a religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, race -- or anything, really -- has reached a fever pitch. And while some kids will be attacked, and some may be swept up in the powerful [...]

Eyes on WA school students accused of sex offences

By |2018-11-20T10:29:04+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Dozens of WA school students have been convicted or accused of sex offences and need to be monitored under risk assessment management plans, Education Minister Sue Ellery has revealed. She told a hearing at State Parliament last week there were 72 students under RAMPs. “The department has been notified about 72 cases where students are [...]

Violence towards women in the video game Red Dead Redemption 2 evokes toxic masculinity

By |2018-11-20T10:27:34+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Technology, Uncategorized, Video|Tags: , , |

-Jessamy Henricksen, CQUniversity Australia and Dr Marika Guggisberg, CQUniversity Australia It’s common practice in the world of gaming for serious video game players to upload videos of their gaming experiences to YouTube, usually for purposes of providing tips to other gamers, walkthroughs and highlights. Last month, the YouTube channel “Shirrako” uploaded a video capture of [...]