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Losing a Parent to Cancer and Finding a Place to Heal

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/15/losing-a-parent-to-cancer-and-finding-a-place-to-heal">Losing a Parent to Cancer and Finding a Place to Heal</a>

Maree’s husband, Allan, died earlier this year after battling brain cancer, throwing her world into turmoil and disrupting the lives of her two young daughters as they struggled to cope with the fear and devastation of losing their father, and the uncertainty this meant for their future. Read full article

Looking at Teenage Girls Through New Lenses

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/11/looking-at-teenage-girls-through-new-lenses">Looking at Teenage Girls Through New Lenses</a>

As we stand up for International Day of the Girl Child, October 11, I have decided it’s time to celebrate that often dreaded period of a girl's development: her teen years. I want to inject a new word into that conversation around parenting girls. Read full article

Don't Put Your Old Television in Your Child's Room

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/10/03/dont-put-your-old-television-in-your-childs-room">Don&#039;t Put Your Old Television in Your Child&#039;s Room</a>

Research results were released this week from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health indicating that between about 20% and 30% of five year olds in Australia have a television in their bedroom. I was surprised. Although the study was focused on obesity in younger children, it is the figure about televisions in bedrooms that really amazes me...If you were considering putting your old television in your child’s room, here are my 8 reasons for why you should instead donate it to charity: Read full article

Choosing a University Course - Discover What You Love

<a href="/blogs/arunabey/2012/09/24/choosing-a-university-course-discover-what-you-love">Choosing a University Course - Discover What You Love</a>

At this time of year, Year Twelve students in Australia are studying for their final exams, and many of them are still wondering what to study at University, or which career path to follow. This speech, made by Arun Abey to the prize and scholarhsips winners at the Australian National University's (ANU) College of Business and Economics, contains some gems of inspiration for your young men and women. Read full article

Study Finds Children are Learning Persistence from Fathers

<a href="/articles/study-finds-children-are-learning-persistence-from-fathers">Study Finds Children are Learning Persistence from Fathers</a>

Can your children stick with a task? Can they finish a project? Can they set a goal and complete it? Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah, United States, asked parents about their children’s persistence and found that fathers who use an authoritative parenting style are more likely to raise teenagers with a motivated and persistent approach to achieving their goals. Read full article

Teens Using Technology - Backlit Devices can Impact on Sleep

<a href="/articles/teens-using-technology-backlit-devices-can-impact-on-sleep">Teens Using Technology - Backlit Devices can Impact on Sleep</a>

New research from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, indicates that teenagers who use backlit technology, such as tablet devices, for two hours before bed, may have their sleeping patterns disrupted. At this time of year in Australia, many teens are studying for their final HSC exams and technology usually plays a significant role at this time. Being aware of its possible effects on sleep and melatonin release, may help parents advise their teens on how to ensure they get sufficient sleep. Read full article

Time Alone with Fathers Boosts Teens' Self Esteem

<a href="/articles/time-alone-with-fathers-boosts-teens-self-esteem">Time Alone with Fathers Boosts Teens&#039; Self Esteem</a>

Dads, men, male mentors, uncles, grandfathers are so important in the lives of children. Increasingly, research confirms what most of us already thought: men who spend focused time with their children make a valuable contribution to their kids’ happiness and psychological health. And the father effect is important for teenagers too...this research showed that teens who spent more one on one time with their fathers had higher levels of general self-worth, and higher levels of social competence. 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

Useful Legal Information for Children and Teens Online

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/07/18/useful-legal-information-for-children-and-teens-online">Useful Legal Information for Children and Teens Online</a>

Lawstuff Australia, in partnership with the Children's Legal Services of Legal Aid NSW, have developed a series of fact sheets to provide children with information on what types of activities are against the law when using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Information on sexting, copyright infringement, defamation and privacy are included. A great resource for your teens, and hopefully for them to share around on Facebook. 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