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How Parents Can Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Their Baby

By Lynn Jenkins - 28/11/2013 - 09:26

Apart from having necessary physical needs to be met, human babies have social and emotional needs, that when fulfilled, teach them how to interact with people, connect, form trusting relationships with others and understand their own emotions. This video offers simple guidance for parents on how to lay the foundation for social and emotional learning. Read full post

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Michelle's Top Internet Finds

By Michelle Higgins - 27/11/2013 - 09:17

Welcome to my new weekly column where I present an eclectic mix of articles from around the globe on all things related to children and parenting. This week, topics include pregnancy and childbirth, media effects on children, special needs, and education. Read full post

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Radical Action is Needed to Stop the Bullying

By - 12/11/2013 - 10:32

My friend has a problem. A heart-breaking problem. After rebuilding her life following a tough marriage breakup, her daughter is now being bullied at school. Her beautiful, smart, gentle, wise and talented daughter. Bullied so badly my friend feels she has no choice but to move her to another school. Now this friend of mine is a tough cookie. She has a strong and principled mind – the type of mind that can take on and deal with the toughest of challenges. But sadly, not this challenge. She's told me she can't win this fight. Read full post

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University Seeks Parents' Views on LGBT Education

By Mihiri Udabage - 05/11/2013 - 08:05

Researchers at the University of Western Sydney seek parents/guardians of school-aged children from the Northwest of Sydney to participate in a study examining their views about the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) education in schools. Parents of children from kindergarten to year 12 are invited to local focus group sessions to discuss views on LGBT and anti-homophobia education in school education. Read full post

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Using Science for Video Classification, instead of Guesswork

By Elizabeth Handsley - 18/10/2013 - 10:42

There is strong evidence that consumption of violent media risks influencing people’s thoughts, attitudes and behaviour. The evidence cannot ever be conclusive but in our society we take some pretty drastic measures based on less than ironclad proof ... Regulatory action to respond to the science on violent media would not simply be a matter of tightening up access on all fronts. A root and branch review of the classification categories and criteria is needed to shift the focus away from what is offensive to what is harmful based on the evidence. Read full post

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Ponycorn - Five Year Old Programs a Computer Game with Dad

By Sarah Liebetrau - 13/10/2013 - 12:41

Should kids learn computer programming as young as kindergarten? There is a lot of fear-mongering around kids and technology. Is it a case of fearing what we don’t know? In 2012, video game developer Ryan Henson Creighton and his daughter Cassie gave a 7 minute talk at Tedx Toronto about a game they had collaborated on, called Ponycorn, which became a worldwide sensation. Read full post

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He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.

By - 10/10/2013 - 11:34

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the United Nations as a day to recognize the challenges and power of girls. Josh Lorschy is a 13-year-old Australian boy living in Sydney. Josh was selected to be at the United Nations in New York when Malala Yousafzai delivered her petition and speech to the UN on the critical importance of educating girls. On International Day of the Girl Child, Josh shares his journey with happychild. Read full post

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Win Hungry Campers Cookbook

By Yvette Vignando - 20/09/2013 - 14:49

Be Quick - this does not go on sale until 1 October so you will be one of the first to have this book! To win one of 5 copies of this book, share a simple description with us of your favourite camping spot, or a spot you would love to go camping. Read full post

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