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Free Talk About the Impact of Violence and Trauma on Children

Join child psychiatry expert, Professor Louise Newman, in conversation with ABC Life Matters presenter, Natasha Mitchell, and a childcare trauma specialist as they explore the impact of violence and trauma on children’s development. This Next 200 Dialogue is hosted by The Benevolent Society, the State Library of NSW and Radio National. Read full article

Co-operative Parenting, Not Sexual Orientation of Parents, Matters to Children

<a href="/articles/co-operative-parenting-not-sexual-orientation-of-parents-matters-to-children">Co-operative Parenting, Not Sexual Orientation of Parents, Matters to Children</a>

A new study of adoptive families recognises that regardless of whether parents are same-sex or heterosexual couples, greater levels of support for one another and satisfaction with the sharing of parenting tasks are what generate good behavioural outcomes for children. This is an interesting insight for people working with adoptive families and adds to the ongoing conversation about parenting models and what works for children. Read full article

Prominent Australian and New Zealand Doctors Say Stop Smacking

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/07/26/prominent-australian-and-new-zealand-doctors-say-stop-smacking">Prominent Australian and New Zealand Doctors Say Stop Smacking</a>

Today the Royal Australasian College of Physicians announced they are calling for law reform on the physical punishment of children - they are also urging parents and caregivers to consider alternatives to smacking. I say - good. And I hope the Children's Commissioner gets behind this initiative. We have asked the Commissioner for comments and hope to hear from her later today - I will update this post. Read full article

University Seeks Teenagers' Views on Sexting

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/07/16/university-seeks-teenagers-views-on-sexting">University Seeks Teenagers&#039; Views on Sexting</a>

Earlier this month four teenagers from a Melbourne school were arrested after allegations that explicit photographs of 15 and 14 year old students had been passed around using mobile technology - the offence for sexting is described as "knowingly communicating a private activity". Teenagers are being asked to fill in this online survey asking their views about sexting - for Institute of Criminology research. Read full article

Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success

<a href="/articles/regular-bedtimes-for-children-support-academic-success">Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success</a>

What time did your child go to bed last night and was it about the same time as the night before? Having a consistent and early enough bedtime during children’s younger years is likely to pay dividends when they are older, with research showing that children who have non-regular and late bedtimes are more likely to perform worse in reading and maths. The longer the irregular and late sleep patterns continue, the more likely it is that a child may suffer these cognitive effects. Read full article

Judging Children by Their Names. What?

I had to think about whether to share this video. In the end I decided to share it for your amusement. A UK reality show personality shares her beliefs about judging children's qualities and suitability for her children's company - based on their names. Watch this and prepare to be amazed by another human. Read full article

Infectious Baby Laughter - a Funny Power Drill

Watch a baby laugh hysterically at the short burst of noise from a small power drill. We are a big fan of baby's laughter here at happychild. Send this to anyone who needs a smile on their face today. Short one minute video. Read full article

Baby Vervet Monkeys for your Dose of Cute

Some furry baby monkeys frolicking - waste a bit of time with your toddler or preschooler watching these cuties playing together. Remind you of anyone? Read full article

Posting a Child’s Photo Online – Is it Safe?

<a href="/blogs/leoniesmith/2013/05/29/posting-a-child%E2%80%99s-photo-online-%E2%80%93-is-it-safe">Posting a Child’s Photo Online – Is it Safe?</a>

This post is in response to a recent story about a Melbourne mother’s frustration at not being able to remove her 18-month-old's image from Instagram after she found out it was being misused. Comments on this story include: "why did she post the pictures with a public account" and "why didn't she set her photos to private". And … Read full article

UNICEF Animation Explaining Children's Rights

<a href="/articles/unicef-animation-explaining-childrens-rights">UNICEF Animation Explaining Children&#039;s Rights</a>

UNICEF Australia has just released a short animation for children, their parents and teachers, to learn about child rights. The animation follows brother and sister, Jack and Ruby, and puts child rights into context using themes like bullying, poverty and the respect for another’s culture and beliefs. Read full article