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University Seeks Teenagers' Views on Sexting

By Yvette Vignando - 16/07/2013 - 11:36

Earlier this month four teenagers from a Melbourne school were arrested after allegations that explicit photographs of 15 and 14 year old students had been passed around using mobile technology - the offence for sexting is described as "knowingly communicating a private activity". Teenagers are being asked to fill in this online survey asking their views about sexting - for Institute of Criminology research. Read full post

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Judging Children by Their Names. What?

By Yvette Vignando - 09/07/2013 - 11:54

I had to think about whether to share this video. In the end I decided to share it for your amusement. A UK reality show personality shares her beliefs about judging children's qualities and suitability for her children's company - based on their names. Watch this and prepare to be amazed by another human. Read full post

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Infectious Baby Laughter - a Funny Power Drill

By Yvette Vignando - 08/07/2013 - 13:19

Watch a baby laugh hysterically at the short burst of noise from a small power drill. We are a big fan of baby's laughter here at happychild. Send this to anyone who needs a smile on their face today. Short one minute video. Read full post

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Competition–Win Free Registration to the Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference

By Yvette Vignando - 26/06/2013 - 10:25

Win free registration to the Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference in Canberra in October/November. Described as a "call to action", the program promises to be participative, innovative, stimulating, thought-provoking and enriching. Posing the questions: What vision do we want for our future? and Where should we be focussing our attention and efforts?, the conference will focus on what we can do to ensure children's social and emotional wellbeing and good mental health. Read full post

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Mindfulness in Schools - TedX talk - How Does it Work?

By Yvette Vignando - 25/06/2013 - 12:20

Co-creator of Mindfulness in Schools, teacher Richard Burnett talks about the project and how mindfulness is important to wellbeing and happiness. Includes a mindfulness exercise to experience Read full post

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Mindfulness - If I Could Wind Back Time for Our Children

By Yvette Vignando - 25/06/2013 - 11:58

If I could rewind time with our kids, teaching them more mindfulness-based habits is one thing I would do...This month, the British Journal of Psychiatry has published research showing that after a nine week mindfulness program at school, teens experienced fewer depressive symptoms, lower stress and greater overall wellbeing. Read full post

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Posting a Child’s Photo Online – Is it Safe?

By Leonie Smith - 29/05/2013 - 13:38

This post is in response to a recent story about a Melbourne mother’s frustration at not being able to remove her 18-month-old's image from Instagram after she found out it was being misused. Comments on this story include: "why did she post the pictures with a public account" and "why didn't she set her photos to private". And … Read full post

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The Internet is Changing the Way Our Kids Access Music

By Martin Aungle - 21/05/2013 - 11:17

As our kids get older and start to dictate the sort of music they want to hear, the bands they want to see, or the music they want to play themselves, I think we are going to see some radically different musical directions being taken in the future. Now, my 15-year-old doesn’t really listen to the radio, or buy CDs. Read full post

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