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Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic was recently asked to review a book on Cyberbullying.
“Teen Cyberbullying Investigated” written by author and judge, Tom Jacobs, presents a powerful collection of landmark court cases involving teens and charges of cyberbullying and cyberharassment. Each chapter features a seminal cyberbullying case and resulting decision, asks readers whether they agree with the decision, and urges them to think about how the decision affects their lives. Chapters also include related cases, tips, important facts and statistics, and suggestions for further reading.
Kimberley’s review was included in the interior of the book and stated that “This book is at the forefront of cyberbullying literature. It has the capacity to inform school policy as parents, teachers, and principals race to find solutions for bullies and support for victims”.
To find out more about cyberbullying and other teen issues, visit Judge Tom Jacobs website, Ask the Judge.
At the end of 2008, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney commissioned one of our Quirky Kid workshops to facilitate honest feedback from the youth committee in regards to their past experiences and expectations for future programs.
Now, The MCA is running its generation next series again. This series includes four after-hours, free of charge events for young people aged 12 to 18 years, and is linked to current MCA exhibitions. Generationext is supervised by MCA Learning staff and designed with input from the generation next Youth Committee, with a unique, ‘no teachers. no parents’ tag-line. Go and find out more about what the MCA, with the help of Quirky Kid and the youth committee have created.
Video games and young people are a common encounter. I remember my first game and how excited about it I was. Parents can learn more about video games and how it impacts on children’s lives by reading this brief fact sheet.
What are video games?
Video games are electronic, interactive games that come in many forms: CDs, DVDs, internet downloads and online games. They can be played on a personal home computer (PC), television or portable hand-held device.
Is it ok if my child plays video games?
The safest way for your child to play video games is when you play together. This will ensure that they are learning from the game, and also give you quality time to have fun together. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when playing video games with your child:
- Set a limit of one hour per day maximum. This will ensure there is still time in the day for other physical and creative activities. Video games are also an effective reward for homework completion.
- Ask your child how the game works – this is the best way to engage in what your child is learning. You can also use this information to pick up on what your child is currently interested in, and broaden their knowledge of the topic through other means such as books and movies.
- Choose games that have learning value and portray positive messages. Ideally, games for kids should explore real activities, provide opportunities to take turns and play as a team, and involve decision making process to promote control and independence.
Benefits of video games
Video games can have benefits, but these are dependent on the content of the game, time spent playing the game and whether the game involves group play.
- Developmental benefits: hand/eye co-ordination, decision making and problem solving skills, multitasking and improved self esteem through mastery of the game.
- Social benefits: Learning to take turns, be part of a team and a sense of fairness.
- Educational benefits: Assist memory and processing speed skills, can incorporate curriculum-based material.
Problems with playing video games
Most risks associated with game playing come from prolonged use. Therefore, moderation of your child’s game playing is the key. Unregulated gaming may have the following effects::
- Obsessive behaviour
- Reduced capacity for empathy
- Increased antisocial tendencies
- Lack of physical exercise and associated health effects.
Kimberley discussed the impact of teenage tattoos with the reporters Jay Savage from Nine msn News. You can find out more information about tattoos, responsibility and adolescents parenting tips by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.
The full interview is available on the Nine msn News website.
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