EDUCATION

What to teach your preschooler about internet safety

Internet safety in early childhood is a new area of research because, until now, children as young as four weren’t able to easily access the internet.  Fifteen years ago, parents and caregivers did not have to worry about teaching pre-school aged children about internet safety. A new report prepared for the Children’s Commissioner of England suggests this time has passed. Children now live in...

How parents and teens can reduce the impact of social media on youth well-being

Engaging with your teen’s online world will make it easier to have difficult conversations about some of the risks and ways to manage them.  Knowing how to navigate the online social networking world is crucial for parents and teens. Being educated and talking about online experiences can help reduce any negative impacts on youth mental health and well-being. The...

Why children need to be taught to think critically about Remembrance Day

Students should be taught to recognise the political, social, and economic factors that influence how a society conducts and participates in memorialisation of the past. David Crosling/AAP A few years ago, my then four-year-old daughter came home from preschool wanting to know who the soldiers were and why they died. As a history teacher for nearly two decades, I thought...

How to use music to fine tune your child for school

Babies start their musical development in the womb.  Can music actually make us smarter? Research suggests that from as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, when auditory function is forming, babies begin their musical development. Their early adaptive exposure to sounds, including those familiar sounds of parents’ voices, enhance extraordinary processing skills. Neuroscience teaches us that a child’s brain is plastic. By this,...

Australia’s new national space agency will help students reach for the stars in STEM

Time to reach for the stars The establishment of a new Australian national space agency was announced by federal minister for education and training, Simon Birmingham, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide this past week. The announcement was met with loud cheers from the 4,300 delegates attending from around the world, 30% of whom were Australians. While the details are...

Baby boomer women make up for lost study time and head back to university

We should encourage older women to see academic study as a fruitful, challenging way forward, regardless of age. Statistics from the Department of Education and Training show a steady cohort of baby boomer postgraduates, mostly women, enrolling at university at the age of 60 or over. “Why on earth are you doing that?” friends ask. “Aren’t you a bit...

When it comes to kids and social media, it’s not all bad news

Parents should understand where the value is in social media so they can guide their kids to positive use. While we often hear about the negative impact social media has on children, the use of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is not a one-size-fits-all activity. Children use it in a wide variety of ways – some of which...

How building your child’s spoken word bank can boost their capacity to read

Children benefit from previous understanding of spoken words before reading them.Africa Studio/Shutterstock Children’s oral vocabulary – their knowledge of the sounds and meanings of words – is strongly positively associated with their reading all the way through school. Understanding this relationship is important for making children’s reading as strong as possible. Our new research has pointed to one mechanism underlying this association: when primary...

Electronic games: how much is too much for kids?

When played in moderation, electronic games can be beneficial for children’s learning and development. Most parents view their children’s playing of electronic games as potentially problematic – or even dangerous. Concerns about electronic gaming do not stack up against the research. So, how much gaming is too much for young children? Electronic games (also called computer or digital games) are found in 90%...

Could you pass the proposed English test for Australian citizenship?

English language tests will be used to decide Australian citizenship. The Australian government is proposing tough new English language competency requirements for those seeking Australian citizenship. Alongside a test of Australian values, and proof of your integration into Australian society, you’ll need to prove you can read, write and speak English at a competent level We’ve been here before Question: What do these...

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