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Reading to your child is one of the most successful ways of instilling a love of reading in them. But in our recent study, more than one-quarter of primary-school-aged respondents claimed they were never read to at home. Children typically enjoy being read to, and see educational, social and emotional benefits to the practice. But families are busy, […]

The Best Cleaning Tips for 6 Common Summer Stains 1. Sunscreen Remove any excess sunscreen from the clothes or towels, and rinse under cold water. Rub or brush some Tide liquid detergent onto the spot. Don’t rinse the detergent off before starting your load of laundry. Run the load, using the hottest wash temperature that the garment’s care […]

This is an article from Curious Kids, a new series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome – serious, weird or wacky! Why do our brains freak us out with scary dreams? – Niamh, 8, Newcastle. Great question, Niamh. Getting a fright […]

The percentage of male primary school teachers in Australia has decreased in recent decades, from 30.24% in 1983 to 18.26% in 2016. Education authorities have responded to this with recruitment-focused initiatives, such as scholarships and quota systems. But the continuing decline suggests more attention needs to be given to retaining those already in the profession. Why the decline? Men often […]

When sharing photos of your children, please keep in mind the possible risks that could arise from doing this. Below is a list for you to refer to. Please remember to have your privacy settings on high and remember who you are willing to let view your photos before accepting friend requests. 1. Digital Kidnapping […]

This is an article from Curious Kids, a new series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome – serious, weird or wacky! I want to know why adults think video games are bad because the adults around my neighbourhood are ANNOYING me […]

There are many brands of kids’ “gummies” on the market. They are promoted as deliciously flavoured and a great way for growing bodies (and fussy eaters) to get the nutrients they need. The “active” ingredients are usually listed as vitamins, minerals and sometimes omega-3 fats and vegetable powders. They may say “contains sugars” or they […]

Naplan was supposed to guide teacher training, shape curriculum, and inform resource distribution. Now it’s just used as a marketing tool. There was no Naplan when I started teaching in 1990 at Doveton High, which was re-named Joseph Banks Secondary College as a way off shaking off the stigma associated with a suburb that had […]

Road transport accidents remain a leading cause of death, with between one and two in every 100,000 Australian children dying on our roads each year. There is no doubt using a restraint protects against harm during a crash. In Australia we have seen steady declines in death and injury among children in cars since the […]

There is a common perception that children are more likely to read if it is on a device such as an iPad or Kindles. But new research shows that this is not necessarily the case. In a study of children in Year 4 and 6, those who had regular access to devices with eReading capability […]

In an Australian study published today, we show that if the government were to combine taxes and subsidies on a range of foods and beverages, it could substantially improve the health of Australians and potentially free up billions in health care spending. In the past five years, no fewer than 13 countries have announced new […]

There is no doubt that digital technologies have disrupted our modes of teaching. The resources and inputs into teaching have changed to incorporate computer-aided approaches such as “flipped” classrooms, mobile-phone-enabled interactions, video capturing of lectures and enhanced mixed realities. The old “sage on the stage” model of teaching has been pushed into becoming the “guide […]

How many times have you heard people say “I’m not good at maths”? Perhaps you’ve said it yourself. Often people make the statement with pride, almost implying it’s “cool” to be bad at maths. Imagine if the same number of people claimed “I’m not good at reading”. I don’t think it would be deemed socially […]

Drawing plays a big role in our cognitive development. It can help us learn to write and think creatively, develop hand-eye co-ordination, hone analytic skills, and conceptualise ideas. But drawing is rarely used as a tool for learning in schools. Generally, most high school teachers aren’t trained in visual education. Drawing is not something that […]

One of the most frustrating issues modern parents face is how to manage children’s screen time. Official guidelines say kids aged five to 18 years should spend no more than two hours a day using screens, and children under two years should not use a screen at all. But in a world dominated by tablets […]