Tag: Kimberley O’Brien

Children’s Television Viewing @ Sun Herald

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed the appropriate amount of television for children with Caroline Marcus from the Sun Herald. You can find more information about children’s television viewing by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full article is available on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-date here.

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National Cyberbullying Forum

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist,  attended the invitation-only National Cyberbullying Forum on Wednesday, 4th November 2009 as a consultant.

This event was hosted by the NSW Department of Education and Training and examined issues such as the prevalence of cyberbullying, the correlation between online and offline bullying and the shared characteristics of bullies and the people they bully, as well as hearing stories from students who have experienced cyberbullying first-hand.  Keynote speakers included cyberbullying experts Professor Donna Cross and Dr. Marilyn Campbell, as well as a panel of experts from a range of media such as Girlfriend Magazine, Bebo.com, NineMSN and Telstra. The event was covered by Channel 10 News.

You can find more information about cyberbullying on our resources page.

If you think your child may be experiencing cyberbullying and you would like to make an appointment, please contact us.

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Parental Accountability @ Herald Sun

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed parental accountability for their children’s actions – such as theft –  with Xanthe Kleinig from the Hearld Sun. You can find out more information about parent’s taking responsibility for their child’s actions by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full interview is available on the Hearld Sun website.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-date here.

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Adolescent trends @ ABC Radio

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed how to help your child deal with the current adolescent trends  – like the vampire trend –  with Stacey Katter from ABC Radio. You can find out more information about helping children deal with fears of vampires or other phenomena by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full interview is available on the ABC Radio website.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-date here.

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Children and Money

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Giving children pocket money is an important way to teach children about money and how to manage it. Furthermore, it helps children develop independence and attitudes towards both saving and spending money.

When to introduce pocket money and how much to give:

  • While there is no right or wrong time to start giving your child pocket money, most Australian children are usually given pocket money from the age of six.
  • Research has also determined that on average, children between six and ten receive an ‘income’ of $20-25 per month.
  • It is important for parents to consider an amount that they themselves are comfortable with. Factors to consider when choosing this amount should be based upon the family’s financial situation, and the child’s spending needs.

Important concepts for parents to teach children:

  • the value of money: the relative price of things
  • spending: accepting that money is gone once it’s spent
  • earning: understanding that earning money can be hard work, but usually that’s the only way to get it
  • saving: using short-term and long-term goals
  • borrowing: understanding the importance of repaying borrowed money.

Tips for Parents:

  • Let your children make mistakes when it comes to saving and spending their money.
  • You may want to restrict your child from spending their money inappropriately, for example, on excessive amounts of junk food, or on dangerous toys/items.
  • Children often mimic the spending and saving habits of their parents.  Parents can teach their children such habits by modelling appropriate spending and saving techniques, and by discussing their methods with their child.
  • It is also recommended that parents pay their children on a set day in order to develop a routine. This means trying to avoid giving your child advanced payments or supplementing their usual budget with additional funds.
  • Some parents choose to link daily chores or additional chores with pocket money, while others view family contributions and pocket money as separate issues.  There is no set rule when it comes to handling this, so each family must determine what is best for them.

*Information for this article was gathered from the Raising Children Network  and Kids Money and Kimberley O’Brien

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