Lessons About Gambling Risks Piloted in British Schools

Lessons about the risks of gambling have been trialled in secondary schools in an attempt to address high levels of gambling among school-age children. Around 25,000 children in the UK are currently classed as problem gamblers, with one recent survey finding that one in six 11-to-15-year-olds admitted to gambling in the last week. Yet according to the cross-party thinktank [...]

By | 2018-03-19T14:27:12+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Gambling|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

How Do You Raise Resilient Kids?

Resilience is one of those buzzwords that was dropped in the lap of parents and educators a few years ago and has sat there since like a puppy – squirming, whining and demanding our attention. It’s adorable and you’d definitely like to keep it, but hold it too tightly and it will jump right out [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:22:41+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Smart Phones Have Robbed Kids of Their Childhood

The year 2012 was the moment our kids lost their childhood. Recent research out of the United States reveals a sharp decrease in wellbeing among adolescents from 2012 onwards — the year when smartphone ownership became commonplace among teens. Using survey data from 1.1 million young people, the researchers found that adolescents who spent more time on [...]

Here’s How Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Mental Health

When children learn about news like the deadly school shooting that claimed more than a dozen lives on 14 February 2018 in Broward County, Florida, a logical question for them to ask is: Will the same thing happen to me? As researchers and clinicians who have studied the problem of violence over the past three decades, we have [...]

Psychiatrist’s Quick Guide on How to Talk to Your Children About Mental Health

The parents and carers I meet through my job as a child and adolescent psychiatrist often tell me about young people in their lives who are suffering from anxiety or low mood. I can sometimes hear an element of desperation or hopelessness in their voice, which may come from the fact they have no idea what [...]

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:11+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Data Reveals 5 Yr Old Children Are Discussing Suicidal Thoughts

Children as young as five are experiencing suicidal thoughts according to the latest data released by Kids Helpline. The Leader can reveal the national counselling service figures show that almost 10 per cent of the 400 children aged between 5 and 12 called the helpline to talk about suicide. The data also revealed out of 395 people [...]

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:33+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How Social Media Can Make Life Better for Young People in Care

When young people are “looked after” by the state, they can live in a variety of care placements including children’s homes, foster parents or with friends or birth family relatives. These young people are known to be especially vulnerable to poor mental health. Many share too much with people who may do them harm – [...]

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:42+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Growing Epidemic of Sleep-Deprived Kids

Many children as young as three are sleep deprived because they've spent too much time on smart devices such as phones and tablets. Up to 17 per cent of children aged three and younger own their own smart device, News Corp reports, and many are falling asleep at pre-school and their child-care centres. - 9News [...]

By | 2018-02-12T09:50:26+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Former Facebook and Apple Employees Team Up to Warn About Tech Addiction

A group of ex-Facebook, Google, and Apple employees have announced the formation of The Center for Humane Technology, a coalition designed to fight the growing threat of tech addiction among teens and adolescents, the New York Times reports. The coalition will first launch a campaign called The Truth About Tech. One of the main goals is [...]

By | 2018-02-12T09:50:26+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Kindergarten Kids to Get Cyber Safety Training

Children as young as four will now be trained in cybersecurity due to concerns they are at risk of being targeted online by child sex offenders. The Federal Government has announced the ThinkUKnow cybersafety program will be extended to children in kindergarten and years one and two. The program, aimed at parents, teachers and until [...]

By | 2018-02-12T09:50:50+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments