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One of the photos from Samuel Meyers' submission of the Hero Helmet for littleBIGidea. Picture: YouTube

Boy’s smart helmet wins invention award

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A 9-year-old Australian inventor is heading to NASA after his Hero Helmet – designed to lock the wheels of a bike, scooter or skateboard if not worn – won a national innovation award

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Smart glasses to find missing kids

technology

Hi-tech glasses designed to scan crowds of people and spot missing children “within seconds” come with the promise that the technology won’t invade anyone’s privacy

BEACH SEASON SAFETY

Swim and survive with virtual reality

technology

A new water-safety program designed to prevent drownings uses 360 degree, lifelike, interactive videos to place kids inside virtual rips and teach them how to escape and survive

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Banish mould lurking in lunch boxes

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A child health specialist is urging parents and kids to properly clean and inspect lunch boxes, drink bottles and toys for hidden mould after the revolting results of a parent survey

Kid-watching home spy invention on way

Woman eats night stole the refrigerator
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Google has legal permission to develop technology that monitors where children are at home and what they are doing, eating and saying, raising concerns about privacy and children’s rights

Aussie boy youngest to speak at UN

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A 12-year-old Australian boy has become the youngest person to speak at the United Nations, demanding Australia stop putting children as young as 10 in jail

Are parents ignoring kids’ rights?

Upset
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As the UN reviews the rights of children in the digital age, it has found parents who share online their children’s pictures or personal information may be violating their human rights

Aussie cricket stars’ big tips for kids

World cup cricket exclusive
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Ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup, top cricketers are sharing what they’ve learned about success with Australian kids, but it’s not about how to hold a bat, bowl a ball or take a catch

Concussion: what is it and how does it happen?

England v Australia - 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test: Day Four
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As cricketer Steve Smith recovers from a hit to the neck, we look at what concussion is, how it happens and how to stay safe in light of new research about kids, concussion and sport

Happy or sad? Students send teachers emojis

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School kids will soon be able to use emojis to instantly tell their teachers whether they’re feeling happy, confident, overwhelmed, bored or confused by what’s going on in the classroom

Students see benefit of phone bans, like it or not

Underdale High phone ban
technology

Not everyone likes or agrees with banning phones in schools, but students with bans in place admit school is better without devices. We check in on phone bans around the country

Kids witness racist attacks at sports events

Racism report
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A World Vision survey shows nine in 10 children know someone close to them who has been the target of a racist attack at a professional sporting event

Victoria bans student phones at schools

Mobile phone ban at all public schools
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Students at all Victorian government schools will be banned from using or carrying phones from first to last bell from next year in an attempt to reduce distraction and cyber bullying

Push for in-ground traffic lights for phone users

The lights will work better at night but the brightness can be increased during the day. Picture: TAC
technology

Looking at a smartphone while walking near or across roads is dangerous. To keep people safe, Sydney and Melbourne have trialled in-ground traffic lights, with Adelaide set to follow

Bullying a growing problem in our schools

Bullying at school
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An international teacher survey has found bullying, intimidation and cyber-harassment are common in Australian schools, with the problem worse than five years ago

Exploring Minecraft’s new Australian city

A look at 'mini Melbourne' built in the Minecraft video game. Federation Square
technology

Dig for false teeth, look for drop bears and search for wildlife in a new Minecraft mini Melbourne to learn about science, maths, archaeology and engineering

Beware of wild mushrooms

NEWS: Toadstools
health

Autumn weather means more mushrooms and other fungi growing in the wild, but as it’s almost impossible to tell which ones are deadly, avoid them all to stay safe

Compulsive phone use affects wellbeing

Parents Monitoring Kids
technology

Port Adelaide AFL players are putting away their phones and a new study has found we might all feel better about ourselves if we follow their lead

Footy star slams internet trolls

AFLW Rd 7 - Western Bulldogs v Carlton
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AFLW star Tayla Harris has called for action to be taken against trolls after offensive comments were directed at an incredible photo of her kicking a football

Australia under attack from cyber hackers

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technology

In the wake of several recent cyber attacks of major Australian organisations, we look at hackers, malware and the simple things we can do to help keep our information safe

Beware tiny creatures hiding in seashells

Marine Animals Learn Poster Hovering blue ringed octopus
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After a day of building sandcastles and collecting shells on a Western Australian beach a young girl unknowingly took home a very dangerous creature

Now is the time to learn about fire safety

Coolum Fire Day 2
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More than 130 dangerous bushfires are burning across Queensland, reminding everyone of the importance of knowing how to call for help and stay safe in case of fire

Kids can help keep families safe

Kilkenny Primary School students with family photos as part of a road safety campaign . L to R Nate, Jasmine , Hessa , Sinead , Cooper , Declan , Niah and Eoin . Picture: Josh Galeens
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Behaviour experts know that adults are more likely to listen to their kids than to strangers. Kids could be the perfect people to remind their parents to drive safely. 

Good friends saved her from bullies

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This is one woman’s brave story of her experience looking different to many other people. You may find it upsetting to read but it provides insight into what it’s like being teased and bullied

Danger! You’re not using enough sunscreen

Mother putting sunscreen on young son at the beach
health

Scientists find sun lovers are risking skin cancer because they don’t use enough sunscreen for proper protection. So how much is enough?

Australia-first review into phones at school

elementary school students with smartphones
technology

NSW orders Australia’s first review into the dangers and benefits of smartphone use in schools

Toboggan-run fun banned to “maximise safety”

Tim and Martin Jiany of Melbourne have fun on a toboggan. MT BULLER TO OPEN 5 LIFTS THIS WEEKEND – 20CMS OF FRESH SNOW AND MORE FALLING More lifts will open this weekend thanks to significant snowfall overnight and extensive snowmaking in operation. ABOM Chairlift is expected to turn this afternoon and Buller Ski Lifts operational plan is for five lifts - Blue Bullet, Bourke Street carpet, Skyline, The Fox and ABOM - to all be rolling tomorrow, Saturday 25 June, for the opening of the school holidays. More lifts are anticipated to come in next week thanks to the wintery conditions
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Snow trips can be expensive. One of the cheapest things to do is to have some fun on a toboggan run. The activity is now banned at one Australian ski resort. Is this sensible or silly?

Walk the path to health

Walk Safely to School
health

Join the millions of kids walking safely to school this Friday. Every little bit of exercise helps keep you happy and healthy.

Hacker’s good and evil tale of technology

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technology

A former teen hacker nicknamed Mafiaboy explains how kids have to protect themselves in a world where technology can be positive or take them to the dark side

Ed Sheeran’s anti-bullying message

Ed Sheeran concert
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International music superstar Ed Sheeran has used his local concert to send an anti-bullying message to all Australian schoolkids

PM acts to stop bullying in schools

Bullying Blackboard.
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PM Malcolm Turnbull has personally written to every school in Australia asking them to join the fight against bullying

Call to ban smartphones in schools

Cyber Bullying Online Bullying Victim
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There’s a push to ban smartphones in schools to prevent cyberbullying and to improve students’ focus on learning

Millions of maggots invade beaches

possible maggots at the beach
environment

Beachgoers in Sydney have been shocked at the sight of millions of maggots washing up on the northern beaches

What happens when you get sunburnt?

Sun Smart Award
health

Australians are told over and over again to stay out of the sun, wear a hat and use sunscreen, but why? What actually happens if you get burnt? A lot, it turns out.

Student activity screened

Education Generic
technology

School students’ days of playing games and streaming content when they should be working in class could be numbered, with the introduction of an Australian-made program

Why swim between the flags?

Volunteer Surf Lifesavers
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Why do we swim between the flags? What is a rip current? A look at how to stay safe all summer long

Backyard pool slides into hot water

Perth friends constructed a huge water slide in their backyard. Picture: Instagram
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Perth friends inherited an old fairground slide and turned their pool into one of the most popular, and potentially most dangerous, attractions in town. VIDEO

Cyclists urged to slow down

Cyclists urged to slow down
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A review of safety on shared paths has led to a new campaign around bike rules. VIDEO

Neighbours star stands up against bullying

Neighbours star stands up against bullying
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A new study reveals “covert” bullying is on the rise among girls, Lilly Van Der Meet tells her story

Air safety a top priority

Air safety a top priority
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Any safety incident involving aircraft in Australia is thoroughly investigated to keep flying safe.

Sharing no good for cyber safety

Sharing no good for cyber safety
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CHILDREN as young as eight are sharing too much personal information online, according to alarming new figures.