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Aussie kids need less homework, more play

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Homework headaches and “competitive parenting’’ are fuelling kids’ anxiety, Australia’s new National Children’s Commissioner warned, calling for kids to get more time to relax and play

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Bullied by a friend? It’s still bullying

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Young people are less likely to recognise behaviour as bullying if it is coming from someone they consider a friend, according to a new study from online mental health organisation ReachOut

In this photo provided by Steven Brown, a snake slithers out the door of a home at Laceys Creek, Australia, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. David Tait returned home and was surprised to discover that his kitchen ceiling had collapsed under the weight of two large pythons apparently fighting over a mate. (Steven Brown/Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation via AP)

Two giant pythons drop in for a visit

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A Queensland man came home to a collapsed kitchen ceiling and two massive snakes making themselves comfortable elsewhere in the house. Kids News looks at how to keep safe around snakes

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How to find your voice and talk to a crowd

Kailash Sarma, 17, is teaching young people how to master public speaking and improve their confidence and self-esteem. His Captivate the Future program is open to secondary students around the country. For Kids News and Hibernation
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A teenage public-speaking whiz is on a mission to help kids reeling from coronavirus disruptions master the art of talking to a crowd, finding their voice and their confidence

Simple steps to ease your worries in tough times

Beautiful, fit young family walking and jogging together outdoors along a paved sidewalk in a park pushing a stroller at sunset
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There are things you can do to keep up your spirits and maintain a sense of hope if you feel worried about the coronavirus pandemic, writes Beyond Blue’s Dr Grant Blashki

Kids helping kids with One=One campaign

Caloundra State High School Year 9 school council representatives Jack Webster and Claire Thomme believe ensuring students eat well is vital to their chances of a good education.
For Hibernation and Kids News. FareShare and News Corp support a campaign called One=One: Feed a Friend as part of The Feed Appeal.
Students at Caloundra State High School, Queensland, are planning to raise money to help the campaign and have applied for a Rural Schools Grant as part of The Feed Appeal to help provide breakfast and lunch to students in need. Picture: supplied
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In rural and remote Australia, one in four kids comes to school without breakfast or lunch. To help, Kids News is supporting One=One, which means $1 raised provides one meal

How you can help stop a bully

Are you a bystander to bullying? For Kids News and Hibernation. iStock image
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You might not have been bullied but chances are you’ve seen it happen to one of your classmates. Experts say bystanders make a choice to be part of the problem or part of the solution

Billie’s kindness lives on

Billie Kinder, 12. B Kinder Day on  June 22 honours Billie by encouraging children to spread kindness, empathy and compassion. For Kids News Hibernation
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Australian schoolgirl Billie Kinder always believed she could make the world a better place. Now her family hopes the third annual B Kinder Day on June 22 will take her message worldwide

Big COVID-19 questions and simple answers

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Using World Health Organisation information, we answer important questions about COVID-19, such as: "What is a virus?"  and "Why are there new rules for everyday life?"

It’s not all bad news; there is good news too

Two cheerful little girls running in their mother's hug.
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Australian Childhood Foundation’s Dr Joe Tucci has a positive message for children about worry and bad news, and a reminder that there is still a lot of good news around if we look for it

Hero nippers save tourists from dangerous rip

Glenelg SLSC nippers Angus Ganley, 11, Astin Rouvray, 11, Charlie Crowe, 11 and Lachlan Larven, 12, helped save two tourists from drowning off Glenelg beach. Picture: AAP/ Keryn Stevens
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Young nippers have been hailed as heroes after spotting two tourists caught in a dangerous rip and immediately jumping into the ocean to save them

Being kind online for Safer Internet Day

A mother looks on from the kitchen as two pre-teen boys use a smartphone in the living room.  She is out of focus but it is clear to see her sense of discomfort with what they are doing on the internet.
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How can kids be safe and kind online? Treat others and look after yourself online just as you would in real life, says KidsHelpline counsellor Hannah

Boy’s smart helmet wins invention award

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

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

Smart glasses to find missing kids

A Greensborough father's sense of helplessness when he lost his son in a crowd at Fed Square inspired him to build a world-first community safety platform – smart glasses - a public CCTV network which crowd sources, aiding parents and authorities to locate missing persons. Jerry Farsoun is pictured with the glasses on Tuesday 19th Nov, 2019.
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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

Swim and survive with virtual reality

It's the beginning of Patrol Season for Surf Lifesavers. Volunteer lifesaver Zoe Breitkreutz down on the Strand
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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

Banish mould lurking in lunch boxes

Dr Luke Sammartino conducted a survey with 104 parents and  84 per cent said they found mould in children's lunchboxes and drink bottles. L-R Madison (8), Dr Luke Sammartini and Alexandra (5). October 9th 2019. Picture: Ellen Smith
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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

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woman eats sweets at night to sneak in a 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

Central Australian 12-year-old Dujuan Hoosan has given a speech to the world’s peak human rights body at the United Nations in Geneva. Picture: Supplied/Human Rights Law Centre
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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?

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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

Luke, 7, Mieka, 8, Vlad, 9 and Mia, 10 from South Melbourne Park Primary school Pic of cricketers Will Pukovski (Vic), Meg Lanning (Aus captain) teaching a class of kids at the MCG for story on a new schools curriculum focused on student well being.  Picture: Jason Edwards
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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?

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Steve Smith of Australia is struck by a delivery from Jofra Archer of England during day four of the 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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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

09/09/16 - Lazar Petrusic, 4, and Orlando Azzaro, 5, with emojis which researchers say help get more information out of children.
Photo Tom Huntley
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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

Year 11s and year 9s, Priyash Uppal, Stephani Vottari, Principal David Harriss, Ryley Schroeder and Jemma Manfre with their mobiles at Underdale High, which has banned phones from class to help kids to concentrate on their work in Adelaide, Friday, June 28, 2019. (The Advertiser/ Morgan Sette)
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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

RAMPANT racism at elite and junior sports events has been uncovered in ÒstartlingÓ new research. Western Bulldogs VFL footballer Reuben William is leading the push against racism in sport. Reuben is joined by Jay Knol, 7, Jackson Ramantanis, 8, Hugo Wallert, 7 and Imani, 10. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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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

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Teacher Lauren Mauger with McKinnon Secondary students:
Alyssa, 15
Akira, 15
Jordan ,14
Ben, 15
Kosta, 14

 All public schools in Victoria will ban students from having mobile phones from the first bell to the last. Students will have to keep phones in their lockers. Picture: Jason Edwards
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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
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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

Little boy sitting alone on floor after suffering an act of bullying while children run in the background. Sad young schoolboy sitting on corridor with hands on knees and head between his legs.
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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
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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 Red toadstools with white spots in the pine plantation on Cloverdale farm where Zoe lives. Pictured: Fairy toadstools. PICTURE: ZOE PHILLIPS
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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 are giving their kids smartphones but using apps to track them, in the latest effort to ensure they're safe. But experts say the trend is harmful as it doesn't teach children to limit their own behaviour, and can lead to mistrust their family. Rae-chal Burgess peers around a wall watching what her son, Harry,12 in Year 7 his looking at on his smartphone. Picture: Sarah Matray
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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

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Tayla Harris of the Blues kicks the ball during the 2019 NAB AFLW Round 07 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues at VU Whitten Oval on March 17, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
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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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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

Waterbombers work late in the day to save properties along Arcoona Road Yandina Creek as bushfires march across the Sunshine Coast. Photo Lachie Millard
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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

Jenny Woolsey has written a children's book Ride High Pineapple about a girl with a rare medical condition who loves skating. Jenny and her son, 12, have the condition. Strathpine author Jenny Woolsey. Picture: Bradley Cooper
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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

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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

Children using smartphone devices at school. Picture: iStock.
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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

Grade 6 students Aya , Alinar , Faliha , Jude , Logan and Zein from Fawkner Primary School promoting Walk Safely to School day. Picture : Ian Currie
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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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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

Pictured is artist Ed Sheeran performing at his concert on the Thursday 15th of March at ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park. Picture: Christian Gilles
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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

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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

30/1/18 Maggots in Bilgola ocean pool . Picture: Adam Yip / Manly Daily
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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?

28.11.2016.Challa Gardens Primary School have received a Sun Smart Award for 15 years of having a written sun protection policy for kids and teachers. Ria, Jeffery, Zeina,Sydney and Jayvee. pic tait schmaal.
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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

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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?

HOLD - CONTACT BRISBANE - Volunteer Lifesavers Jordan Mercer and Robert Lemon at Noosa Main Beach. Photo Lachie Millard
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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.