Month: December 2010

Parents need to be aware of cyber-bullying

A feature article in the New York Times makes some important points about the risks of young people on Facebook and other social networking sites. While the article doesn’t offer too many solutions (except for more parental supervision) it might…

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An act of arrogance and paranoia

From the NZ Herald this morning Act is the only party which will oppose reforms to electoral finance laws, claiming a $300,000 spending limit restricts concerned citizens to one sixteenth of the amount political parties can spend. Politicians had their…

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Unmarried parents ‘to blame for rise in broken homes’

According to the Telegraph in the UK The sharp increase in unmarried couples having children was to blame for the rise in parental separation rates, a study from the Centre for Social Justice think-tank claimed. The report called for a…

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Neglect cases being neglected by CYF – report

Was on National Radio’s The Panel this afternoon discussing the report from the Children’s Commissioner about CYF being slow to follow up child neglect cases as reported in the NZ Herald today LISTEN

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Politicians Move to Gag Debate During Election

Family First Media Release 7 December 2010 Family First NZ is rejecting the amendments being made to the Electoral Finance Act saying they are a gag on non-political groups who wish to raise important issues during an election year.  “The…

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Teens want values taught – not condoms

I wonder if Family Planning saw this research! Teenagers would rather be taught about family values than about sex, a survey has found. They see the responsibilities of being a parent as the number one ‘fact of life’ – ahead…

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Bring back the smack, says author and mother

Parents are being told to smack their children and run their families like an army unit. A controversial new book says parents should stop praising their children and trying to be their friends. Author Sue Edgerley, a mother of three,…

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Parents ‘put teens into sex work’

Nothing new here – we knew this was happening from back in 2008 and reported by the police earlier this year. And politicians who voted to normalise this industry should hang their head in shame. Teenagers in South Auckland are…

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Nurture matters!

This study reiterates the point that the way parents act has a huge influence on the way children act i.e. they weren’t necessarily ‘born that way’!! IVF study casts light on role of parenting NZ Herald Dec 3, 2010  A…

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