Category Archives: Observations

General thoughts about things

Crossing guards

As I was riding to work today, I stopped for the lollipop woman and teens to cross the road to school. I find this really perplexing… why do high school kids need a crossing guard? When I looked into a … Continue reading

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Are we missing the point re: kids going places by themselves?

In 2010, a report was produced for VicHealth – a quasi-government health promotion agency. The report: Nothing but fear itself: Parental fear as a determinant impacting on children’s and young people’s physical activity and independent mobility is quite good. It … Continue reading

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Learning from our ‘poorer’ neighbours

The last sessions for the Child Friendly Cities Conference Asia-Pacific – Solo City Indonesia are underway. The focus of the conference was children’s participation in decision-making about their lives. Australia and New Zealand were represented, as well as Indonesia, Malysia, … Continue reading

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Ah… the school holidays. What will your kids be doing? Will you leave them home alone? A recent article in The Age addressed this very issue. I read it with interest due to some conversations I have been having my … Continue reading

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Stand up or put up? Which gets the best outcomes?

I’ve been observing the media attention on the bullied boy who had enough, and stood up to an attacker. He’s become a bit of a hero, and I can see why. Many of us have been n situations when niggling … Continue reading

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What does risk really mean for the education industry?

I was very privileged to have a short article printed online in the Curriculum Leadership Journal, a journal for people working in education in Australia and New Zealand (http://www.curriculum.edu.au/leader/). It got me thinking: What does risk management really mean for … Continue reading

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Identifying kids on publically accessible blogs – is this an issue?

My friend’s son showed me his photo and his blurb that his dad posted on an open-access blog. My friend is very upset as she is concerned about safety and privacy as she was not asked to provide her consent. … Continue reading

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