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Tweens and social media: ‘I wish I was wearing a filter right now’

Tweens and social media: ‘I wish I was wearing a filter right now’

My new research investigated tweens and social media and the issues they face when engaging with social media platforms. It reveals that while children are aware of dangers such as online predators, what tweens are being taught by parents and schools may overlook the...

What to do if your teen is self harming

What to do if your teen is self harming

It can be very confronting to learn that your teen is self harming - that is, they are deliberately hurting themselves. The term 'self harm' is now generally referred to as "non-suicidal self-injury" or NSSI. It's a really important distinction, because it reminds us...

Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Our teens are in crisis and they need our help

Yesterday a young friend alerted me to a teen 'support' group that she belongs to. The group is mostly Aussie girls - a few boys, some kids from other countries, but mostly Australian teen girls. The group is a place for them to ask the kinds of questions they are not...

13 Reasons Why Season 2 review: What parents need to know

13 Reasons Why Season 2 review: What parents need to know

13 Reasons Why Season 2 was certain to incite debate. Season 1 provided considerable discussion about the graphic depiction of suicide, in addition to a range of associated issues including social exclusion, bullying, regrettable behaviours, alcohol and other drug...

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Healthy homemade chocolate digestives recipe

Healthy homemade chocolate digestives recipe

Ooh, this is such a good one! Who wouldn't want to devour a batch of homemade chocolate digestives bickies for afternoon tea? Me, that's who! I first started tinkering around with this recipe when I discovered that our beloved McVities chocolate digestives contained...

Is vaping really that bad?

Is vaping really that bad?

Fortunately, it's really only a small proportion of kids who are regularly vaping (estimated at about 1.8 percent of high school kids). But plenty of others are dabbling. Over the past few years the number of secondary school students who have tried vaping has...

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