SPECIAL REPORTS

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Instilling Hope In Uncertain Times

    “Parents can help instil hope by encouraging their kids to see life as it is. Human beings, particularly young ones, hate uncertainty and often their natural response is to exhibit varying degrees of fear and anxiety."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Vaping

    SPECIAL REPORT: Vaping & E-Cigarettes

    “Vaping is quickly becoming an epidemic due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. This trendy, but risk-taking activity, is causing significant peer pressure and there is mounting evidence that long-term repeated use of e-cigarettes will cause lung injury and respiratory symptoms."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: A Conversation on Consent

    “Consent must be mutual and freely given. An informed decision made without pressure, guilt or threats. There must a clear understanding of what is about to happen. Without consent, sexual activity is an offence and against the law, and it must be given every single time."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Riding the Corona Coaster

    “The Coronavirus has turned our lives upside down and asked us all to navigate a ton of uncertainty about what happens next. These changes are confronting, creating a perfect storm for a rise in anxiety, depression and substance abuse problems amongst young people."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Coronavirus - The Transition Back

    “Some young people remain in denial as to the seriousness of the situation, but the truth is, Coronavirus continues to present a risk to the whole community. There’s a concern that many young people think it is business as usual."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Preparing for Remote Learning

    “Our young people will take their lead from us. We need to let them know that we are taking the coronavirus seriously, but we are not panicking. This is not downplaying what is happening, it is just context.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Coronavirus

    “Parents shouldn’t avoid talking about the coronavirus. Not talking about something can actually make young people worry more. Take the opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone. Help your children feel informed and reassured.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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    SPECIAL REPORT: Talking About Bushfires

    "Studies show an increase in mental health problems among survivors immediately after a major disaster. Children especially are vulnerable to experiencing feelings of loss of safety, fear or apprehension following exposure to images seen on TV, the internet or in newspapers."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • The Hunting

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Hunting

    “The series is confronting viewing. It’s not easy to watch, as a young person or an adult, but it shouldn’t be. It should make us nervous and wake us up.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Parenting Styles - What type of parent are you?

    “Many parents today are afflicted with a Vitamin N deficiency…the inability to say, “No” to their children. It's incredibly important that parents set limits and boundaries. The consequences of bad parenting has both short and long-term effects.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Smartphones in Schools

    “Mobile phones are not only distracting, but cause stress for young children. Enabling them to focus on lessons and learn better socialising skills, can reduce their social media use and minimise online bullying.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Year 12 Exam Stress

    “Parents should ensure they offer appropriate emotional and practical support to their children, without creating undue stress about academic performance. This will help them to maintain perspective and focus during exam time.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Online Game Fortnite

    “The game can be problematic for those kids who play in an ‘obsessive way’. It will interfere with their sleep, it will interfere with, obviously, homework, and it’ll interfere with normal relationships at home.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: 13 Reasons Why

    “Probably for 75 per cent of kids who watch this show, there will be no impact. However, I'm worried about the ones who have pre-existing vulnerabilities.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Cyberbullying

    “Up to 70% of primary school kids are on social media but they simply do not have the neurological maturity to manage their digital footprint. Parents need to get tough and understand the risks associated with it.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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