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Reducing Aggression by Teaching Teens that People Can Change

<a href="/articles/reducing-aggression-by-teaching-teens-that-people-can-change">Reducing Aggression by Teaching Teens that People Can Change</a>

When adults see media coverage of teens reacting aggressively to minor provocation, they often assume this behaviour is influenced by a teenager’s family background and experiences. And although a hostile family and school environment can contribute to aggressive behaviour, new research shows that the tendency of teens to act aggressively also depends on their belief about people’s ability or inability to change. This finding may help adults create education programs aimed at reducing violence and aggressive behaviour, and give parents important ideas on how to talk to children about people’s potential for change. Three key ideas for parents and teachers are included in this article. Read full article

You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child

<a href="/blogs/kylie-l/2013/02/11/you%E2%80%99re-only-ever-as-happy-as-your-unhappiest-child">You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child</a>

Last year, my twelve year old son went through a tough time at school. It happened in grade six, his final year at the tiny local primary he’d attended ever since he started prep… attended, that is, until we pulled him out in grade five, when our family decided to spend a year living in the north of Australia. Up until this time Declan had loved school, and was close to pretty much all the nine other boys in his year level, with whom he’d always shared a class...When we left everything was perfect, but when we returned everything had changed. Read full article

Every Australian School Should Play This in Class - Bullying

<a href="/articles/every-australian-school-should-play-this-in-class-bullying">Every Australian School Should Play This in Class - Bullying</a>

Words not required to describe this extremely moving video. We dare you to watch it without being moved to tears, or at least rivetted to the spot. Australian singer Bec Cole's son made this video. " I thank him for letting me share this, his bravery will help others. So proud of my son.." Read full article

We Moved Schools For Our Son To Find His Tribe

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2012/09/18/we-moved-schools-for-our-son-to-find-his-tribe">We Moved Schools For Our Son To Find His Tribe</a>

I knew from very early on that I had a sensitive child on my hands. Actually it was my mother who commented first but that’s the way it goes when he was my first child and her 7th grandchild. “He’s sensitive, this one.” He was only a few months old but she knew ... I can’t remember if it was Mr 10’s Kindergarten year, or Year One, but it was certainly very early on the day I picked him up from school and he informed me, “Mummy, I’m not like the other children.” Read full article

Understanding Children Who Bully

<a href="/blogs/2012/08/10/understanding-children-who-bully">Understanding Children Who Bully</a>

We are in the midst of an epidemic. One in seven kids suffer from it. It destroys lives and can have fatal consequences...As a community, there are things we can all do to decrease the likelihood that children will become bullies...Teens, although highly vulnerable to slights, are quick to dish them out. Testing each other and the world, their expressions are often uncensored... Read full article

Back Me Up - Anti Cyberbullying Campaign & Competition

<a href="/articles/back-me-up-anti-cyberbullying-campaign-competition">Back Me Up - Anti Cyberbullying Campaign &amp; Competition</a>

The message of the BackMeUp campaign is that young people can take positive and safe action if they witness cyberbullying, and can support those whose rights have been violated. It’s a call to action to the friends, peers and colleagues on the sidelines, because being a witness, and doing nothing, is wrong.In Australia, at least one in ten students say they’ve experienced cyberbullying. The Australian Human Rights Commission is inviting 13 – 17 year olds to make a short two minute video about how they can back-up someone who has been cyberbullied. Read full article

High School Students' Inspiring Anti Bullying Music Video

Students at Cypress Ranch High School in the United States appear to have used the entire school to make this music video with an anti bullying message - "Who Do U Think U R?" This is one to share on Facebook with your teens - the message works best when it comes from the people affected by it. This is definitely worth 5 minutes of your time - makes you smile and reminds you of the power and strengths of our teenagers. Read full article

Unisex Toilets in Schools - What Do You Think?

Two schools in Tasmania have started using standalone unisex toilets as part of a startegy to reduce bullying. But is it really the unisex toilet that is reducing bullying or is it the ease of supervision that is really the answer. Listen to thos discussion and let us know what you think? Read full article

Australian Children Exposed to Greater Risks Online than European Children

<a href="/articles/australian-children-exposed-to-greater-risks-online-than-european-children">Australian Children Exposed to Greater Risks Online than European Children</a>

Four hundred Australian children (9 to 16 years old) and their parents, were interviewed for an Australian study about risks and safety for children on the internet. And by comparing the results of this survey with a larger European survey, it was found that Australian children are among the “youngest and most prolific users of the internet in the world.” ...The following risks were identified in both the Australian Report and the European study by EU Kids Online ... Read full article

10 Myths about Internet Safety and Children

<a href="/articles/10-myths-about-internet-safety-and-children">10 Myths about Internet Safety and Children</a>

Following a survey of 25000 children and their parents across Europe, a report was published called EU Kids Online; researchers aimed to provide information for policy makers about educating children and adults about online risks and opportunities .. .Included in the Report are the Top 10 Myths about online safety because in many cases, the researchers concluded that parents and adults in general are worried about the wrong things. Read full article