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Win Hungry Campers Cookbook

By Yvette Vignando - 20th September 2013

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.

Adult Content on TV Allowed at Any Time. Your Thoughts?

By Yvette Vignando - 11th September 2013

As reported on news.com.au yesterday, the major free-to-air stations are lobbying the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to drop the time zone restrictions for broadcasters – a change that will allow adult-rated shows to be aired at any time of day or night. ACMA is considering the submission as part of its review of broadcasting regulations.

Landfill Children's Orchestra - Musical Inspiration for Children

By Yvette Vignando - 2nd September 2013

Headlined as "The world sends us garbage, we send back music" - watch as these children create their beautiful music via Landfill Harmonic. " In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft instruments out of recycled materials - and a youth orchestra is born. Music arises and children find new dreams."

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

By Yvette Vignando - 28th August 2013

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.

Are Your Children Over-Scheduled?

By Yvette Vignando - 28th August 2013

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.

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

By Yvette Vignando - 20th August 2013

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.

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

By Yvette Vignando - 20th August 2013

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.

Free Talk About the Impact of Violence and Trauma on Children

By Yvette Vignando - 31st July 2013

Join child psychiatry expert, Professor Louise Newman, in conversation with ABC Life Matters presenter, Natasha Mitchell, and a childcare trauma specialist as they explore the impact of violence and trauma on children’s development. This Next 200 Dialogue is hosted by The Benevolent Society, the State Library of NSW and Radio National.

Grants Available for Programs to Prevent Bullying - Australia

By Yvette Vignando - 26th July 2013

Youth Minister Kate Ellis has announced today that school bullying and cyber-bullying will be targeted in this year’s $500,000 Federal Government youth grants program. Offering grants of up to $70,000 under the Youth Development and Support Program for projects aimed at developing leadership skills and encouraging cyber-safety and anti-bullying behaviour in communities, this is a welcome initiative.

Prominent Australian and New Zealand Doctors Say Stop Smacking

By Yvette Vignando - 26th July 2013

Today the Royal Australasian College of Physicians announced they are calling for law reform on the physical punishment of children - they are also urging parents and caregivers to consider alternatives to smacking. I say - good. And I hope the Children's Commissioner gets behind this initiative. We have asked the Commissioner for comments and hope to hear from her later today - I will update this post.

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