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UNICEF Kit Helps Children Talk about Natural Disasters

<a href="/articles/unicef-kit-helps-children-talk-about-natural-disasters">UNICEF Kit Helps Children Talk about Natural Disasters</a>

Floods, fire and earthquakes are events that many Australian and New Zealand children experience in their lifetime. And children all over the developing world also frequently experience trauma as a result of natural disasters. UNICEF Australia's chief executive officer, Dr Norman Gillespie, spoke about the recent Queensland and NSW floods and Tasmanian bushfires when releasing UNICEF's new information kit on talking to children about natural disasters. The kit can be downloaded for free. Read full article

New Smartphone App to Help Find Missing Children

<a href="/articles/new-smartphone-app-to-help-find-missing-children">New Smartphone App to Help Find Missing Children</a>

This information will be of interest to so many parents. We are sharing a media release issued today by Australian Federal Police about a new smartphone application that would assist in locating missing children. Developed with the FBI the Australian Police Child ID application allows families to store photographs and vital information about their children on their mobile phone. In the devastating event that a child goes missing, this information can be immediately provided to authorities. Read full article

Children’s Rights vs Freedom of Religion and the Confessional Seal

<a href="/articles/children%E2%80%99s-rights-vs-freedom-of-religion-and-the-confessional-seal">Children’s Rights vs Freedom of Religion and the Confessional Seal</a>

Opinion: In response to the ongoing cascade of accusations and evidence of systemic and decades long child abuse, the federal government finally announced a Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse on Monday. One possible recommendation is already being mooted, that priests be obliged to report any knowledge of child sex abuse to police. Such an obligation would undoubtedly enhance protection of the rights of children. It would also interfere with the freedom of religion of priests if they are compelled to reveal information conveyed during formal 'confessions'. In this clash of rights, which should prevail? Read full article

Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children

<a href="/articles/anniversaries-of-natural-disasters-anxiety-risks-for-children">Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children</a>

With anniversaries of the devastating 2011 summer of disasters returning tragic images to our screens, parents should consider the impact on children of repetition of these traumatic events. Australian Council on Children and the Media Vice President and child psychologist Dr C Glenn Cupit, says “parents would be wise to avoid exposing children to replays of footage of disasters.” Although children may not have physically experienced the traumatic event, exposure to disaster-related media “can leave children with lasting memories, the recall of which can create anxiety and stress.” Read full article

Is Parenting Stress Increasing for Mothers in Australia?

<a href="/articles/is-parenting-stress-increasing-for-mothers-in-australia">Is Parenting Stress Increasing for Mothers in Australia?</a>

Adults who are not caring for children are frequently reported to be ‘happier’ than those with children at home. Considering the financial and emotional responsibilities of parenthood, this comparative happiness trend may be unsurprising; and it has been reconfirmed in a recent Stress and Wellbeing survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society. Adding to what we know about parenting stress, the survey indicated that an increasing number of women are significantly stressed by financial worries and family issues ... So what are some of the more effective parent stress management tips? ... Read full article

Reduce Stress Overload - Tips for Parents - Podcast

<a href="/audio/reduce-stress-overload-tips-for-parents-podcast">Reduce Stress Overload - Tips for Parents - Podcast</a>

Dr Helen Street features in this one hour podcast about parents and stress. Yvette Vignando interviewed Dr Street about: How to incorporate stress management into your daily life; How to focus on and define what you can control; Understanding how flexible thinking can help you handle life's stressful events; and Strategies for looking after yourself Read full article

How to Care for Children After a Traumatic Event - Christchurch Earthquake

<a href="/articles/how-to-care-for-children-after-a-traumatic-event-christchurch-earthquake">How to Care for Children After a Traumatic Event - Christchurch Earthquake</a>

“I don’t like big erfquakes, They’re stupid!!” exclaims almost three year old Marco, now a veteran of two major earthquakes and living with his parents and older brother in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since September 2010 when the first major earthquake hit the ‘Garden City’ of New Zealand, Marco has labelled every run down building or scaffolding in the street as “Look at that big erfquake” and on the day prior to the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, his house was burgled – his first reaction “an erfquake.” Read full article

Christchurch Earthquake 2011 - Grief, Media and My Family

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/28/christchurch-earthquake-2011-grief-media-and-my-family">Christchurch Earthquake 2011 - Grief, Media and My Family</a>

Last week was a quiet week for blogging and writing on happychild. I was distracted. My brother, his wife and their two little boys live in Christchurch New Zealand. They are fortunate and we are relieved – they are safe and their house has only minor damage. ... Since September, many people in Christchurch have continued to feel anxious and stressed and this has been compounded by the frequent aftershocks that jolt them out of temporary distraction, and remind them that they’re living with risk. Read full article