SPECIAL REPORTS

  • Toxic Achievement

    SPECIAL REPORT: Toxic Achievement Culture

    "It is not that we shouldn't encourage young people or avoid asking how they performed on a difficult test. Instead, we should encourage students to untangle their self-worth from achievement and redefine their success by emphasising the importance of resilience, wellbeing, and the pursuit of diverse interests."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Special Report Wellbeing Barometer

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Wellbeing Barometer - 2024

    “Whilst last year’s results put a spotlight on areas of significant concern, there were also highlights that demonstrated the resilience and adaptability of many students and emphasised the necessity of early intervention and prevention strategies."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Coping with isolation

    SPECIAL REPORT: Coping with isolation

    "Isolation in boarding school can have far-reaching impacts on a child’s life such as mental health issues, academic struggles, negative self-esteem, minimal engagement in extracurricular activities and an overwhelming sense of feeling less supported."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Gambling & Young People

    SPECIAL REPORT: Gambling & Young People

    "The current generation of children and adolescents are growing up in an unprecedented time when it comes to gambling. A new grey area is emerging with gambling-like elements in video games and social media blurring the boundaries and creating headaches, both for parents and regulators."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Discussing War & Conflict

    SPECIAL REPORT: Discussing War & Conflict

    "When children encounter traumatic events, their brain processes these emotions, storing them as powerful memories. It's natural for them to be curious, concerned, or even scared. Their world view is still forming, and these events can be overwhelming and difficult for them to process."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • R U OK Day

    SPECIAL REPORT: R U OK?Day

    "This day contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging all people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building their informal support networks. By having conversations and being alert to those around us, we can help identify signs of distress."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Social Media Influencers

    SPECIAL REPORT: Social Media Influencers

    "Social media influencers often present a highly curated and filtered version of their lives, showcasing only the positive aspects. This can create unrealistic beauty standards, success and happiness for children. Constant exposure to this may lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-worth and dissatisfaction."

    Dr Emma Woodward

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  • Mobile Phone Separation Anxiety

    SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile Phone Separation Anxiety

    "Critics argue that there is no evidence that a mobile phone ban is effective. However, this is a mischaracterisation of evidence. Peer reviewed literature shows that there would be a number of positive impacts for students relating to such bans at school."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Parenting from a distance

    SPECIAL REPORT: Parenting from a distance

    "Parents may experience a sense of disconnection from their child’s daily activities. However, with the right approach, you can still support your child effectively. Maintaining a strong and healthy relationship during their time away is crucial."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Celebrating Harmony Week

    SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating Harmony Week

    "Harmony Week is all about celebrating the fact that Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. Our diversity is a great strength and helps us do things in different ways, reduce discrimination and accept difference."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Safe partying

    SPECIAL REPORT: A Guide To Safe Partying

    "Teenage gatherings provide important opportunities for young people to mix and gain experiences in social situations. However, it is possible for the best young person to get carried away by their peers and the euphoria of the moment."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Living in Multicultural Environments

    SPECIAL REPORT: Living in Multicultural Environments

    "Young people will absorb their new surroundings with curiosity, self-assurance, and kindness when diversity and inclusion are practised. It teaches them to identify with people who are different from themselves."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Sextortion

    SPECIAL REPORT: Sextortion

    "You may not have heard the term before, but you must understand what it is. There has been a 400% increase in this type of crime being reported to police now involving adolescent males at a terribly high rate."

    Susan McLean

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  • NAIDOC Week

    SPECIAL REPORT: Celebrating NAIDOC Week

    "NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities."

    Dyonne Anderson

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  • Managing Homesickness

    SPECIAL REPORT: Managing Homesickness

    “Although all transitions are tricky, they’re also an invitation to grow. There may be occasions when your child may try to push your buttons, making you feel guilty and worry about them, but homesickness is a very human emotion."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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