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Police and Disney Join Forces for Cybersafety

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Cyber safety experts from the Australian Federal Police have teamed up with Disney to create and distribute a free online safety program for primary shool children. Called Online Safety, It Starts With You, the national program focuses on good internet citizenship. Read full article

Maternal Depression Most Common at Four Years After Birth of First Child

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The number of first-time mothers suffering from depression peaks fours years after giving birth, finds a new study published in BJOG:An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. This new research from Murdoch Children's Research Institute, shines a spotlight on the mental health and wellbeing of mothers of pre-school aged children, and calls for policy and practice in primary health care to safeguard the mental health of mothers beyond the immediate post partum period. Read full article

Food Allergies - Be Aware Show You Care

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Food allergies are becoming increasingly common and understanding them is important so everyone can help protect those at risk– this is the message that Allergy and Anapyhlaxis Australia want the public to know this Food Allergy Awareness Week (12-18 May 2014). With one baby in ten born in Australia expected to develop a food allergy, Professor Katie Allen from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute says, “Learn about it. Manage it. Know what to do when a reaction happens.” Read full article

An Interview Between Son and Mother – Heartwarming and Affirming

Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, interviews his mother, Sarah. Joshua’s candid questions and Sarah’s honest, unguarded answers reveal a loving relationship that reminds us of the core of what it means to be a parent. Read full article

How Your Words Can Shape Your Child's Helping Behaviour

<a href="/articles/how-your-words-can-shape-your-childs-helping-behaviour">How Your Words Can Shape Your Child&#039;s Helping Behaviour</a>

To 'help' or to' be a helper'? That is the question that researchers from University of California, University of Washington, and Stanford University studied in their efforts to understand if an adult's choice of words influence helping behaviour in preschoolers. Read full article

Five Top Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Shyness

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Shyness in kids is very common, and “everybody can feel shy in certain situations,” says Professor Jennifer Hudson, a clinical psychologist and research fellow from Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health . While mild shyness is not defined as an anxiety condition, approximately one in five children will have a problem with exceptional shyness and anxiety, such that it significantly interferes with their daily life. Professor Hudson’s latest longitudinal research into the role of temperament and stressful life events in the development of childhood anxiety found that shy children experience fewer positive life experiences because of their inhibitions. Read full article

Meat Free Week – Corn Cakes with Tomato and Avocado Salsa

<a href="/blogs/debbiekertesz/2014/03/24/meat-free-week-%E2%80%93-corn-cakes-with-tomato-and-avocado-salsa">Meat Free Week – Corn Cakes with Tomato and Avocado Salsa</a>

This week is the 2nd annual Meat Free Week and my lovely husband – a staunch carnivore – has volunteered to take the challenge and forgo flesh for a full seven days. While I’m doubtful that he’ll decide to become a full-time vegetarian after a week without meat, I do hope he will come to realize that you can eat well and still enjoy delicious, satisfying food when consuming a plant-based diet. Read full article

How Stuttering Affects Children Socially and Where to Seek Help

<a href="/articles/how-stuttering-affects-children-socially-and-where-to-seek-help">How Stuttering Affects Children Socially and Where to Seek Help</a>

Children as young as four years of age can experience social exclusion as a result of their stuttering. These negative social experiences can intensify in the school years, with children who stutter reporting regular bullying and teasing. Children who stutter may also be rated as less popular than their non-stuttering class mates. Yet stuttering is not an insurmountable roadblock for children on their path to fulfilling lives. Read full article

Getting the Screen Time Balance Right for Families

<a href="/blogs/leoniesmith/2014/03/04/getting-the-screen-time-balance-right-for-families">Getting the Screen Time Balance Right for Families</a>

Screen time is all about balance. It's more about what is being done on the screen than the amount of time spent. Too much screen time can mean that family members aren't really talking to each other or spending time in a productive way. If you're not sure if your family has got the right balance, consider these questions: Read full article

Talking to Infants Gives them a Headstart on School

<a href="/articles/talking-to-infants-gives-them-a-headstart-on-school">Talking to Infants Gives them a Headstart on School</a>

Stanford researchers have shown that children whose parents engage them in frequent conversation get a head start on the language skills they'll use in school. Anne Fernald and colleagues at Stanford University conducted experiments that revealed parents who talk to their infant more are improving their child’s language processing skills, which in turn, helps them to learn vocabulary. Exposure to ‘child-directed speech’ – different to overheard speech – appears to sharpen an infant’s ability to process spoken language, critical to language development. Read full article