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What 10-12-Year-Olds Really Think

<a href="/articles/what-10-12-year-olds-really-think">What 10-12-Year-Olds Really Think</a>

Findings from the fourth annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey, commissioned by the ChildFund Alliance, uncovered the unique views of today’s 10-12-year-olds. Their ideas on violence, peace, heroes and happiness were explored in a survey that included nearly 6,500 children from 47 countries (36 developing; 11 developed), including 202 Australians. Read full article

Judging Children by Their Names. What?

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 article

American Children are Intelligent and Aussie Kids are Happy?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/04/15/american-children-are-intelligent-and-aussie-kids-are-happy">American Children are Intelligent and Aussie Kids are Happy?</a>

I am loving this – the most common description a sample of Australian parents used for their child is “happy”. How great is that!? I may be biased. But what about the Italians and the Americans? The Spanish, the Swedish, the Dutch?...Apparently American parents have a tendency to talk about their children in terms of their cognitive abilities – their intelligence... Read full article

Do Children Know that Seeking Asylum in Australia is Legal?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/03/01/do-children-know-that-seeking-asylum-in-australia-is-legal">Do Children Know that Seeking Asylum in Australia is Legal?</a>

This is a story about reading aloud to our 11 year old. I guess it's also a story reflecting my family's history; I'm acutely aware from my Nana's stories, of the terror of escaping from a country in which you are persecuted. And it's a story about helping children digest media...Last week, I was reading this beautifully illustrated book to our Mr 11 Read full article

Bernard Gaynor Wouldn't Let a Gay Person Teach His Kids and He's Not Afraid to Say It

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/01/24/bernard-gaynor-wouldnt-let-a-gay-person-teach-his-kids-and-hes-not-a">Bernard Gaynor Wouldn&#039;t Let a Gay Person Teach His Kids and He&#039;s Not Afraid to Say It</a>

And he is right about the fear factor- there is nothing much to be afraid of – it’s generally safe and in most cases legal to express your views in Australia, no matter how offensive they are to other people...However, I would be afraid and ashamed to live in a country where most people were not offended by Ms Corbett’s equating the protection and granting of rights to gay and lesbian people with granting rights to paedophiles. Read full article

A Forum on Australia's Child Rights on World Human Rights Day

<a href="/blogs/2012/11/20/a-forum-on-australias-child-rights-on-world-human-rights-day">A Forum on Australia&#039;s Child Rights on World Human Rights Day</a>

A panel of inspiring change makers is meeting for a forum on Australia's child rights this World Human Rights Day, December 10, in Sydney. A forum for youth advocates and the next generation of change makers. Read full article

What My Mother Whispered In My Ear

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/11/what-my-mother-whispered-in-my-ear">What My Mother Whispered In My Ear</a>

This is a conversation my mother and I had last week. What started as a conversation about the current economic climate in Greece, soon turned into reflection for my mother who was born in rural Greece in 1935. As a small child she would walk to primary school with her older brother. Read full article

My Children Help Me Adjust to Expat Living

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/10/04/my-children-help-me-adjust-to-expat-living">My Children Help Me Adjust to Expat Living</a>

When you are new to a place, for that first little while you get to really see it, as if you are looking through the eyes of a child. Soon the sight of a squirrel pausing to nimbly pick up an acorn with its tiny squirrel paws will become something I have seen a hundred times before. But for now it is a novelty. “Squirrel!” the children squeal every time one makes a brave dash across the street or jumps from one tree branch to another. The Canadians seem bemused by our enthusiasm. Read full article

How Do You Teach Your Child about Racism? A Story.

<a href="/blogs/meganstanish/2012/09/25/how-do-you-teach-your-child-about-racism-a-story">How Do You Teach Your Child about Racism? A Story.</a>

My son’s hero of all heroes is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When we visited the King Center this past January on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, my little Bear didn’t want to leave the museum and then the memorial. He wanted to commune with Dr. King all day. On a recent trip to Washington, DC, Bear didn’t want to leave Dr. King’s statue, and he made it a point to read aloud every single quote inscribed along the long wall of the memorial. As Bear’s mom, I am proud beyond words. With this as the backdrop and as a reflection of how my husband and I feel about discrimination of any kind, I will tell you about an experience I had recently. Read full article

Using Sport to Teach Children about Human Rights

<a href="/blogs/2012/08/13/using-sport-to-teach-children-about-human-rights">Using Sport to Teach Children about Human Rights</a>

As a daughter of a migrant, whose father fled Croatia in the 1950s to settle in Melbourne, I was always conscious that my Dad’s boat story made me different in the school yard. At recess and lunch, to avoid the jibes, I hung out with other migrant kids; first-generation Asians; second-generation Italians and Greeks; kids from Madagascar, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Spain. I had the United Nations of mates...Sport made us winners. This is why it is such joy to champion a program fusing sport with human rights. Read full article