The Aussie software helping teens get more out of their screen time

Would you like to have more of an insight into how your teen is using their online time, but spying on them using tracking software is not your style? How would you like a tool that helps your kids manage their time online so they’re better able to balance their productivity with their downtime? An.. Read more

Getting motivated for senior high school

By Sacha Kaluri. Have you ever had a long extended break from work? Doesn’t it bring out the best in you? You let go of all that stress and the ‘fun and relaxed’ you comes back to life. Then it’s the last week of your holidays and you start to count down the days before.. Read more

How to talk to your teenager about their future

By Lauren Vogel, PhD. Your teenager was probably five years old when you first asked them what they want to be when they grow up. But the conversation really needs to step up a notch once they hit high school. And it’s not always the easiest conversation to have. What you want for your children.. Read more

Voice recognition software giving students the edge

Sponsored. Us Gen X parents may wonder if our kids really need voice recognition software to help them study and complete homework, when we got by with a foolscap binder, a Bic 4-colour biro and some Liquid Paper. Fortunately for our kids, us Gen X parents would rather burn our Abba/The Cure/Nirvana vinyl collection than.. Read more

There’s life after the HSC

With about 220,000 young people doing their final Year 12 exams, wants to remind them that there’s life after their final exams. It’s a message that many of us parents probably need to be reminded of too! “For some who did well in their Year 12 exams, things often turn out very differently than.. Read more

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Choosing and managing devices for high school

It’s not just pencils and exercise books in the school bag this year – a growing number of schools are continuing to introduce  ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) in the classroom, with many even making this compulsory. From 2009 to 2013, the Federal Government supplied a laptop to Year 9 students in Australian public high schools,.. Read more

School terms 2015

These are the 2015 school term dates for public schools around Australia. For school terms for independent school holidays and Catholic school holidays, please check with the individual school. These dates also indicate school holidays for each state and territory. ACT school terms 2015 Term 1: Monday 2 February–Friday 10 April Term 2: Monday 27 April–Friday.. Read more

Ask an Expert: How well are schools adapting to the new challenges of social media?

Given the rapid changes in our world over the past 20 years with the explosion of social media etc, have schools adapted adequately to the new challenges? Is the answer to this rapid explosion in technology satisfied by simply providing every student with an iPad or does that create a new set of problems which.. Read more

Ask an Expert: My son is being bullied; should I force him to finish the school year?

My 15-year-old son is having a difficult time at school at the moment. He has been picked on mildly by another boy in his class for the past two years. Two weeks ago the boy and a couple of accomplices refused to let him out of the changing rooms and told him he had to.. Read more

Ask an Expert: Do I let my partying teenager fail at school and be responsible for her own mistakes?

My daughter is very bright, but is disinterested in doing anything but partying and having a good time. She is in year 10 and is in danger of failing (we’ll find out soon). I cannot get through to her how important school is. Sometimes I think I should just let her learn the hard way,.. Read more