An annual report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has revealed the number of children who received children protection services increased to about 180,000 in 2022-23. This was compared to 177,556 the previous year. There were more than 500,000 reports made to child...

Teaching digital media literacy will, reports lecturer Melissa L. Gould The astounding rise in social media use in the past few years is seeing policy responses come to a head, both internationally and in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Some estimates put the number of people using social media...

Librarians have good reasons to ‘weed’ books from their shelves, report Sarah Polkinghorn and Lisa M. Given Earlier this year, the removal of thousands of books to make room for renovations at Melbourne’s City Library prompted an outcry. Removing the books was “an absolute act of...

A new framework by La Trobe University’s Judith Lumley Centre aims to empower childbirth experiences by aligning coping strategies with women’s preferences and values. This initiative follows concerns about birth trauma highlighted in the New South Wales Parliamentary Inquiry into Birth Trauma. The research, led by...

Cassy Dittman, Govind Krishnamoorthy and Marg Rogers can help you prepare for that conversation With around one in 50 adults diagnosed with cancer each year, many people are faced with the difficult task of sharing the news of their diagnosis with their loved ones. Parents...

Helen Marshall  reports what are the symptoms you should look out for? And how can you prevent it? Parents and doctors alike fear meningococcal infection, which is often in the news. Doctors never want to miss a diagnosis, as early treatment with antibiotics may be...

What factors are involved for children making the transition from primary to secondary school? “Kids need to feel confident about coming to high school, and to feel comfortable there. The more they visit, look around, talk to teachers, talk to the big kids, the better off they...

If a baby is unsettled and a poor sleeper, an allergy or intolerance to something in mum’s diet and passed on through breast milk could be the underlying cause, writes Joy Anderson. Your baby is awake and crying again for another breastfeed! Even if carried all...

Stephanie Wescott investigates 'post-truth politics' and 'manosphere extremists' in Australian schools.  Figures of the “manosphere” – a loose group of online figures who espouse anti-feminist and misogynist ideas and promote regressive ideas of masculinity – have risen in popularity in recent years. Given the currency these figures...

Researchers Steven Roberts and Stephanie Wescott have been alarmed when looking online at ‘misogynist radicalisation’. Many parents are worried about their children using social media. But these concerns tend to focus on privacy, exposure to explicit material, or contact with strangers. As researchers looking at sexism and...