Archives for February 2012

Fatal attraction: young Australians travelling on the edge

By David Beirman, Senior Lecturer Tourism, University of Technology Australians love to travel the world. In 2011 more than 7.5 million Australians (or more than one third of all Australians) travelled outside the country. Of course, most Australian travellers abroad have enjoyable visits free of danger or mishap. But occasionally, they hit the headlines for.. Read more

Do parents have a right to their teen’s medical records?

You want to see your teen’s medical records, but should you have the right? By Melissa Kang, Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice at University of Sydney If your teenage daughter was sexually active and wanted to go on the pill, you’d want to know, right? Well, think back to when you were her age.. Read more

Teens having sex younger, need better sex ed

The age Australian teens are first having sex is getting younger, prompting a call for increased sexual health education for young people. The sexual activity of Australian teenagers is measured in a national survey by La Trobe University every six years. In the last survey, the percentage of students who reported having had sexual intercourse.. Read more

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Study: Impulsive kids play more video games

Impulsive children with attention problems tend to play more video games, while kids in general who spend lots of time video gaming may also develop impulsivity and attention difficulties, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. “This is an important finding because most research on attention problems has focused on biological and.. Read more

Gonski review calls for $5 billion to lift all students to national standard

Every school student in Australia would be allocated enough needs-based funding to be educated to a national standard, under a landmark proposal to pump an additional $5 billion of government money into schools annually. Following the largest review of school funding in almost 40 years, the Gonski report – handed down today – has recommended.. Read more

Social media makes teens more aware of others’ needs

Despite bad press for its role in cyber-bullying, social media can also make teens more aware of what other people go through. More than half the teenagers (55%) surveyed in a recent poll say social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have made them more aware of the needs of others. This is an increase.. Read more

Parents told: don’t let teens drive with friends

Parents are being encouraged to restrict their teen from carrying friends when driving, on the back of two new studies into how peer passengers distract teen drivers. The first study has identified which teens are likely to drive with multiple friends. These drivers shared the following characteristics: considered themselves ‘thrill-seekers’ perceived their parents as not.. Read more

Guest post: Home schooling, from a mum who did

Home Education – What? Why? How? Who? And is it a valuable option? By Liliane Grace There’s a bit of a conversation in the media at the moment about the benefits and drawbacks of home schooling. My three children were home educated – via a largely unstructured, secular approach. They are now 16 (almost 17;.. Read more

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Iron intake as teenager can impact adult brain

Researchers have recently discovered that healthy brain wiring in adults depended on having good iron levels as a teenager. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide, causing poor cognitive achievement in school-aged children. But what scientists have just discovered is that there is a relationship between poor iron levels in children, and the.. Read more

Mind your kid’s business

In Sydney last night, the police picked up 13 teenagers who were drunk or affected by drugs. The stories in today’s press have an air of ‘parents not caring about their kids’ about them. Nine boys and four girls were picked up, aged around 14 or 15. Phoned by police, one boy’s carer said he.. Read more