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3 Ways to Rein in Excess of the Holidays

As the holidays approach, I’m feeling a little Scrooge-y. I love the lights and the anticipation and seeing family members, but I can get really bah humbug as December wears on. Maybe it’s because I’m juggling work and my children’s schedules, or maybe it’s the change in time (my gosh, it is dark early). This [...]

By | 2017-12-18T10:04:34+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Facebook: Now For Young Children Too

How young is too young to be on social media? Strictly speaking, only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook. But the prevention methods are trivial, meaning more than 20 million under-13-year-olds are thought to be using the network. So on Monday, Facebook launched its first app tailored for young users. It's a [...]

By | 2017-12-18T10:04:33+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Child Exploitation: Live Streaming an ‘Urgent’ Threat

Sex offenders are increasingly using live online streaming platforms to exploit children, police have warned. Children need to be educated on the risks associated with streaming sites, the National Crime Agency said. It said offenders were learning how young people communicated online and "using this knowledge to abuse them". In one week, authorities identified 345 [...]

10 Things That Interfere With Kids’ Sleep

1 - Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep? School-age kids may not need as much sleep as they did when they were toddlers, but their bodies still require plenty of rest. Kids ages 6 to 13 need approximately 9 to 11 hours of sleep and preschool and kindergarten kids ages 3 to 5 need as much as 10 [...]

By | 2017-12-11T13:29:05+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

8 Ideas to Encourage Pretend Play and Why It’s So Good for Kids

When kids pretend they're pirates or secret agents, or create their own characters using dolls or Lego figures, it seems like they're playing simple games - literally engaging in child's play. But what's going on when kids use their imaginations and pretend when they play is actually very complex, and very good for kids' development. [...]

By | 2017-11-30T09:57:16+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How Childhood Trauma Changes Hormones

Exposure to traumatic experiences in childhood can have a negative impact on the development of the brain when it’s most vulnerable. Cases of childhood maltreatment are more common than reported; conservative estimates show over 45,000 Australian children were exposed to maltreatment in 2015 and 2016. Adversity in childhood can include experiences such as emotional, physical, and sexual [...]

6 Easy Ways To Support Your Child’s Mental Health

Children's mental health in Britain is seeing a steady decline, with the latest statistics showing that over half of mental health problems start by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 18. In the news out today, Childline even revealed it has carried out its highest number of counselling sessions with young people having suicidal [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:29:24+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The A-Z of Common Illnesses in School Children

Why do children get sick so often?  Bacteria and viruses are two distinct causes for infections in children.  Often a child will get a viral cold and then later on develop a secondary infection with bacteria which then turns into a condition such as a chest infection. It seems bacteria tend to infiltrate a body [...]

By | 2017-10-16T12:57:25+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Science & Research, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Children as Young as 6 Years Old are Watching Porn Online

Children as young as six are watching internet porn, with one group linking the behaviour to sexual assaults in schools. Centre Against Sexual Violence counsellor Kate McCormick said there appeared to be "a lot of sexual assault" occurring within the school environment. "This has been linked back to early exposure to pornography," she said. "From [...]

By | 2017-10-16T12:38:46+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety, Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sydney Hospital Using Emoji Boards to Help Children Express Their Emotions

When you are feeling sick but have no idea how to explain it in words, sometimes an emoji is all you need to get the message across. And that's the tool patients at the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick are using to communicate to nurses and other medical staff every day. In August the hospital [...]

By | 2017-10-06T12:18:03+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments