Archives for January 2012

Blogging good for anxious teens

Teens suffering from social anxiety may find that blogging improves their self-esteem and helps them relate better to friends. We know that writing a personal diary and other forms of expressive writing are a great way to release emotional distress and feel better. But new research published by the American Psychological Association claims that writing.. Read more

Starting high school is tough on parents too

By Rachel Hynes. It’s not just kids who have to navigate the transition from primary school to starting high school. Parents may also experience difficulties as their role changes and they feel shut out of their child’s education. In primary school, there are many ways for parents to be involved in their child’s schooling: reading.. Read more

Back to school, earlier to bed

Over the school holidays, our teenagers have been enjoying late nights and even later mornings. They’ve been playing Xbox, Facebooking and watching DVDs till the wee hours, waking only when the lunchtime hunger pangs hit. But holidays are at an end and parents are now facing a zombie child in the morning and Jack Russell.. Read more

How Australian universities fare in global rankings

  Year 12 students will already be thinking of what university they want to attend next year. Quite aside from the courses offered, the TER and other practicalities like location, parents may also turn to the various annual independent rankings to help choose where to study. One of the most regarded rankings are The Times Higher.. Read more

Energy drink ‘overdose’ on the rise

Reports of caffeine poisoning from ‘energy drink’ consumption are increasing in Australia, particularly among adolescents. A new study is calling for greater regulation of the labelling and sale of energy drinks, and for teenagers to be better educated about their hazards. Telephone calls to an Australian poisons information centre about energy drinks ‘overdose’ increased from.. Read more

Tales from (just outside) the moshpit

As the summer music festival scene gets underway around Australia, guest blogger Louise Griffiths recalls her Big Day Out as a teenager. In January 2001, I had just turned 17 and was going to the Big Day Out – the first time I had been to an outdoor music concert. I had my favourite yellow.. Read more