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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

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

14 Year Old Boy in Custody, Bali - Where's the Compassion?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/10/10/14-year-old-boy-in-custody-bali-wheres-the-compassion">14 Year Old Boy in Custody, Bali - Where&#039;s the Compassion?</a>

As our family drove back from a country holiday on the weekend, we heard news on the radio that a 14 year old boy from NSW had been arrested in Bali for allegedly being in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. Our boys are aged 16, 13 and 9, so it was easy for me to make a quick mental leap to the minds of this young man’s parents ... But there was some commentary I saw online today that made me uncomfortable and angry Read full article

Tuesday 25 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/25/tuesday-25-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Tuesday 25 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Tuesday 25 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Children Bored in Country Australia ~ Funding Private Schools ~ Raising Girls, Advice from Teachers ~ Children in Detention ~ Top Apps for Toddlers ~ UK Parenting Campaign Considered Read full article

Wednesday 12 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/12/wednesday-12-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Wednesday 12 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Wednesday 12 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Pinkification of Girls ~ Surrogacy in Australia ~ Children in Detention ~ Oxytocin & Ethnocentrism ~ Publishing Teacher Performance Rankings ~ Teacher Disciplined for Allowing Sled Use ~ Special Education Students ~ Autism and Yawn Contagion Read full article

Children in Detention on Christmas Island - Christmas Update

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/12/23/children-in-detention-on-christmas-island-christmas-update">Children in Detention on Christmas Island - Christmas Update</a>

Earlier this week I wrote a blogpost about the news that children are being held in detention on Christmas Island. There were a few questions that were unanswered so we researched the facts for you including contact with the Department of Immigration. One surprising fact stands out - as at 22 December there are more than 465 unaccompanied minors being held in immigration detention in Australia. Read full article

And So This is Christmas - Children in Detention on Christmas Island

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/12/20/and-so-this-is-christmas-children-in-detention-on-christmas-island">And So This is Christmas - Children in Detention on Christmas Island</a>

It's so easy to get lazy about political and international issues when you (read "I") are comfortable in a middle class home with your children well-fed, safe from persecution and well-educated in an Australian school. Read on please ... this is not a political announcement. Because I am busy with bookkeeping, blogging, cooking, housework, writing, mothering and socialising I have not spent nearly enough time researching the issue of children of asylum-seekers being held in mandatory detention in Australia. Read full article