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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+10:00March 19th, 2018|Categories: Gambling|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 [...]

Health Experts Ask Facebook to Shut Down Messenger Kids

A COALITION OF 97 child health advocates sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday asking him to discontinue Messenger Kids, a new advertising-free Facebook app targeted at 6-to-12-year olds. Advocates say the app likely will undermine healthy childhood development for preschool and elementary-school-aged kids by increasing the amount of time they spend with digital devices. The letter to [...]

Practical Tips For Keeping Kids Safe On Social Media

When a new study surfaced a few weeks ago revealing that, of all the major social media networks, Instagram was the most detrimental to young people's mental health, it made alarmist news headlines around the world. But for Sydney-based online safety expert Leonie Smith, it was business as usual. "I've seen more porn, more drug [...]

By |2017-06-26T12:25:16+10:00June 26th, 2017|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

4 Things You Need to Know About Feeling Resentful towards Kids/Teens

1.  It’s not your fault and you are not a bad parent. Powerful evolutionary forces make us instinctively move away from people who hurt us.   Kids and teens hurt us. They hurt us big time. Put that hurt together with the amount of time, energy and stuff we give our kids – this means resentment [...]

By |2015-04-26T22:37:32+10:00April 24th, 2015|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Five Tips to Help Raise Kind kids

According to a new study about 80 per cent of the youth said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. The interviewees were also three times more likely to agree that "My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I'm [...]

Preschool Depression May Continue For A Decade

New research discovers early childhood depression increases the risk that a child will be depressed throughout their formative school years. Washington University researchers discovered children who had depression as preschoolers were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from the condition in elementary and middle school than kids who were not depressed at very young ages. [...]

Should We Tell Kids Things Don’t Always End “Happy Ever After?”

Lets face it, watching the evening news bulletin rarely makes for cheery viewing, but in the last few months it seems to have been particularly harrowing. Plane crashes, war zones, suicides and urban shootings have seemingly dominated the headlines. As an adult I’ve found it hard to watch. As an educator I’ve found it harder [...]

About half of kids’ learning ability is in their DNA, study says

You may think you're better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa#, but new research suggests you're probably equally good #or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person's ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a person's overall ability. [...]

By |2014-07-20T16:24:19+10:00July 20th, 2014|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Is School Discipline A Breach Of Human Rights?

According to this article, 85% of Australian teachers send naughty students to the ‘Naughty Corner’, give them Timeout or tell them to leave the classroom. This caused something of a storm on Channel 9’s the Today Show Facebook site after the Dr Anna Sullivan appeared on the show. The reason? Dr Sullivan suggested that sending [...]