Archives for September 2012

Tom ‘Will it Blend?’ Dickson and his gift of ADHD

By Rachel Hynes. Engineer Tom Dickson  is the man behind the Blendtec blender and the most successful viral marketing campaign of all time. His series of ‘Will it Blend?’ videos have been viewed 200 million times on YouTube, and in the process of demonstrating the robustness of his blender, he has successfully blended an iPhone,.. Read more

Mentoring for teens

By Ellen Laughton. Mentoring. It’s a word we usually associate with professional career development, but some families are discovering the benefits of youth mentoring for their teenagers. Mentors are being engaged to help teenagers at risk or experiencing personal difficulties, or simply to help young people set and achieve their goals. What is youth mentoring?.. Read more

School holidays – wish I was there

It’s school holidays in most parts of Australia, and where it isn’t, it soon will be. It’s utterly business as usual at our place. I don’t really notice the difference in high school, not as much as in primary school anyway, where holidays were welcome relief from driving, uniforms and school lunches. At the weekend,.. Read more

Video games linked to dangerous driving in teens

Teenagers who play M-rated, risk-glorifying video games such as Grand Theft Auto III and Manhunt (banned in Australia) may be more likely to become reckless drivers who experience increased car accidents, police stops and willingness to drink and drive. This is the finding of new research published in the academic journal Psychology of Popular Media.. Read more

You know you’re getting old when no one wants your body

I get that now I’m 41, I’m practically middle-aged (hoping to live a long life here). I get that I am no longer eligible for ‘young’ initiatives, such as the young filmmakers funding shortlist I once made, which has a cut-off age of 35. When I went looking for an office last year, I found.. Read more

Wine tasting and teenage winemakers

Please forgive me for turning this into a travel blog for a minute. My husband and I were lucky enough to spend a few days in NSW wine country last week. He recently changed jobs and booked this time away for us before he started the new job. Our two little ones went to the.. Read more

Anxious kids not learning: the real effects of NAPLAN

By Greg Thompson, Murdoch University Australian teachers are not convinced that NAPLAN improves the reading and maths skills of students. Over the next week, NAPLAN results will be arriving at students’ homes around Australia. But new research released today shows some worrying effects from NAPLAN testing. Seven out of 10 teachers did not see that.. Read more

Parenting payback

Can’t teenagers be complete ingrates? I’m not talking about my own. I’m talking about me. I grew up in a country town. I lived at one end of it, my boyfriend lived at the other. If I wanted to see him on a Friday or Saturday night, my dad would drive me from our place.. Read more

Tumblr saved me

You may think Facebook is where it’s at, but your teenager is most likely spending a lot of their time on Tumblr. Never heard of it? Briefly, it’s an online blogging platform for users over the age of 13 years. Every day for three years, since I was 17 years old, I have logged onto.. Read more

From the mailbag

I’m doing a Liz Hayes this week, in that segment at the end of 60 Minutes where they read from their mailbag. Firstly, we had a comment on the website last week that I wanted to share with you. “Amazingly fantastic website. I may not comment much but that doesn’t mean I’m not reading. Love.. Read more