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Come school holidays, your school-aged kids are more likely to spend longer on their screens than they do in term time. Here’s how to get them outside and active, with a bit of planning. from www.shutterstock.com

4 ways to get your kids off the couch these summer holidays

The average Australian school kid spends more time watching TV or gaming and less time being active over their summer holidays. Could more chores be the answer?
Families can use various strategies to keep children connected with a parent who’s away for work. Shutterstock/Orsan Elitok

How to support children whose parent works away for long periods

While many families are busy planning how to spend their time together this Christmas holiday season, others are planning how to manage their time apart.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg listens during a meeting with climate scientists at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Spain. AP Photo/Paul White

The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet

Some have started to frame Thunberg's activism in messianistic terms – and this can serve as fodder for climate deniers.
The teenage brain has a voracious drive for reward, diminished behavioural control and a susceptibility to be shaped by experience. This often manifests as a reduced ability to resist high-calorie junk foods. (Shutterstock)

How junk food shapes the developing teenage brain

Excessively eating junk foods during adolescence could alter brain development, leading to lasting poor diet habits. But, like a muscle, the brain can be exercised to improve willpower.
Experts have voiced concerns about the uptake of a recent Canadian study, in which water fluoridation was associated with slightly lower IQs in children. (Shutterstock)

Does water fluoridation really damage your children’s IQ?

Community water fluoridation is a cost-effective public health measure that can reduce cavities by approximately 25 per cent. Yet some communities are worried about it.

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