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Social Media for Under-Age Children Can Lead to Unnecessary Social Harm

By - 04/08/2013 - 18:14

There's a video doing the rounds on Facebook – an educational video teaching children how to protect their personal information online. While I do think parents and kids should watch it, as a cyber safety specialist, I have a few concerns, particularly with the message I was left with–that it's ok for a 10-year- old to be on a social media site like Facebook as long as they do it safely. The problem with this harm minimisation approach is this: Read full post

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Missing the Moments– Feeling Sentimental As Children Grow Up

By - 05/08/2013 - 13:56

A couple of months ago I attended a performance of Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play, Fury. At one stage the central female character, Alice, comments that it’s often best we don’t know when it’s the last occasion of anything. I can’t remember her exact words, but I do remember the example she quoted: the last time her (now rebellious) teenage son and only child had shared a bed with his mum and dad in the morning. As parents we know this particular ‘last time’ must come for a whole variety of reasons, but I can’t help looking back on those (now past) years of morning cuddles with a twinge of sadness. Read full post

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Not Sure About Your Child Using Social Media? This Mum is Okay With It.

By - 20/08/2013 - 11:56

One of the favourite memories from my teenage years was coming home at 16 years old to find that my mother had arranged to have my very own phone line installed INTO MY BEDROOM. I can picture my room and the hideous beige/yellow colour of the phone taking up half my desk. (seriously what was it with the colours they used for phones in the 1980’s?), I can feel the huge rush of excitement I felt at my new found freedom and independence and now, as a mother I can almost imagine how thrilled my mother was at my excitement. Read full post

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Discounted Entry to Mind and Its Potential Conference in November 2013, Sydney

By - 20/08/2013 - 12:57

Stimulate your mind at the 8th annual Mind & Its Potential conference and unleash your brain power in all areas of life! happychild readers can use this promotion code to receive a 20% discount on registration fee. Read full post

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Conference on Children and the Media: Media, Minds and Neuroscience

By - 20/08/2013 - 13:33

This conference is a joint venture between the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie and the Australian Council on Children and the Media. It focuses on the impact of children’s media environment on their neural development. Read full post

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Are Your Children Over-Scheduled?

By - 28/08/2013 - 09:08

Do you feel stressed keeping up with your children's after-school activities? Is there a chance they might be "over-scheduled"? A quick video to make parents consider whether their kids have too many commitments outside school. And there's no connection between a child's 'success' and the number of these activities. Read full post

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Parent Power Campaigning for Change

By - 28/08/2013 - 10:38

It is true: decisions are made by those who show up. But where to show up? I’m a busy mum of three kids, and I work. I’m on the P&C at my children’s school and give as much time as I can, but that’s such a small part of the bigger picture. Where do I show up to make a difference on issues such as junk food advertising to kids? Or food labelling that is easy to understand? Or making sure every kid is immunised? Where do I show up to make the most difference on the issues that matter to me? Read full post

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Forum on Effects of Social Media and I.T. Addiction on Mental Health

By - 28/08/2013 - 13:11

Wolper Jewish Hospital together with Friends of Wolper are proud to present a Q&A: Investigating the Effects of Social Media and IT Addiction on Mental Health. Join a panel of experts at this free event moderated by journalist, television anchor and radio broadcaster, Steve Liebmann. Read full post

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