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Using Science for Video Classification, instead of Guesswork

<a href="/blogs/elizabethhandsley/2013/10/18/using-science-for-video-classification-instead-of-guesswork">Using Science for Video Classification, instead of Guesswork</a>

There is strong evidence that consumption of violent media risks influencing people’s thoughts, attitudes and behaviour. The evidence cannot ever be conclusive but in our society we take some pretty drastic measures based on less than ironclad proof ... Regulatory action to respond to the science on violent media would not simply be a matter of tightening up access on all fronts. A root and branch review of the classification categories and criteria is needed to shift the focus away from what is offensive to what is harmful based on the evidence. Read full article

Media Violence and a Child's Developing Brain

<a href="/articles/media-violence-and-a-childs-developing-brain">Media Violence and a Child&#039;s Developing Brain</a>

Speaking at the Australian Council for Children and the Media’s conference last week, Dr Wayne Warburton, Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Centre, summarised research demonstrating how violent media has an impact on the brain of a developing child. Imaging studies show emotional desensitisation and real changes in the brain associated with the ability to inhibit aggressive responses. Read full article

Seven Top Tips for a Happy Family This Week

<a href="/articles/seven-top-tips-for-a-happy-family-this-week">Seven Top Tips for a Happy Family This Week</a>

Two recent articles published online about simple things that make people happy got us thinking here at happychild – what can parents do this week that will help their children feel happiness? We’ve combined the best of both articles (they are hyperlinked below), mixed with our own expertise and come up with a top tips list of simple things parents can do this week to put happiness back on a busy agenda. This is not about chasing happiness, that obscure ideal we think everyone else is enjoying; this is about being open to the happiness that is present to us each and every day, if we choose to accept it. Read full article

Ponycorn - Five Year Old Programs a Computer Game with Dad

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2013/10/13/ponycorn-five-year-old-programs-a-computer-game-with-dad">Ponycorn - Five Year Old Programs a Computer Game with Dad</a>

Should kids learn computer programming as young as kindergarten? There is a lot of fear-mongering around kids and technology. Is it a case of fearing what we don’t know? In 2012, video game developer Ryan Henson Creighton and his daughter Cassie gave a 7 minute talk at Tedx Toronto about a game they had collaborated on, called Ponycorn, which became a worldwide sensation. Read full article

Home Safety Checklist for Families with Children

<a href="/articles/home-safety-checklist-for-families-with-children">Home Safety Checklist for Families with Children</a>

During International Product Safety Week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging parents and carers to thoroughly check their homes for hidden product dangers that might lead to accidental deaths or serious injuries and illnesses. Read full article

He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.

<a href="/blogs/2013/10/10/he-stands-up-for-girls%E2%80%99-education-he%E2%80%99s-been-to-the-un-he%E2%80%99s-13">He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.</a>

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the United Nations as a day to recognize the challenges and power of girls. Josh Lorschy is a 13-year-old Australian boy living in Sydney. Josh was selected to be at the United Nations in New York when Malala Yousafzai delivered her petition and speech to the UN on the critical importance of educating girls. On International Day of the Girl Child, Josh shares his journey with happychild. Read full article

Driving with Children in the Backseat? A Must-Read

<a href="/articles/driving-with-children-in-the-backseat-a-must-read">Driving with Children in the Backseat? A Must-Read</a>

Ever turned to attend to your child in the backseat as you’ve been driving? Or done a quick check on them in the rear view mirror? According to a new study out of Monash University Accident Research Centre, you are in the majority of parent drivers, and your children are 12 times more distracting to you than talking on a mobile phone while driving. Read full article

Is There a Gun Where Your Child Plays?

<a href="/articles/is-there-a-gun-where-your-child-plays">Is There a Gun Where Your Child Plays?</a>

It was our teen who first told me that the parents of one of his friends keep a handgun in their family home '‘for protection'’. I did not react well. As far as I know, our son did not come into contact with the handgun. And knowing the parents as well as I do, I expect that their handgun is stored ‘safely’. But unless I am willing to ask some rather awkward questions I cannot know for sure. Read full article

Win Hungry Campers Cookbook

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/09/20/win-hungry-campers-cookbook">Win  Hungry Campers Cookbook</a>

Be Quick - this does not go on sale until 1 October so you will be one of the first to have this book! To win one of 5 copies of this book, share a simple description with us of your favourite camping spot, or a spot you would love to go camping. Read full article

Free Range Parenting - Lucky To Have the Choice

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2013/09/18/free-range-parenting-lucky-to-have-the-choice">Free Range Parenting - Lucky To Have the Choice</a>

Jennifer Finney Boylan writes "We want to shield our children, but it's the worst thing we can do." She talks about her son's exchange trip in his senior year to Cape Town, of allowing him to bungee jump and sky dive, and knowing that in allowing our children to take calculated risks we build resilience, "the courage they need when those perils arise." We need to be mindful that when we grapple with how to provide our kids with opportunities to experience calculated risk ... what we are often talking about is less a problem than a product of our privilege. Read full article