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Internet safety in early childhood is a new area of research because, until now, children as young as four weren’t able to easily access the internet. Shutterstock

What to teach your preschooler about internet safety

Touchscreen technologies have made it easy for children as young as four to go online. Here are some things to teach them about how to be safe on the internet.
While securing a stable job is essential, dismissing the qualitative experience of learning and its extraordinary benefits is reductive. Shutterstock

Five myths about Australian university graduate outcomes

New analysis reveals surprising insights into five key myths and misconceptions about Australian university student graduate outcomes.
For a student who is blind, the obvious test adjustment is providing a braille test if they are proficient in braille. Shutterstock

Standardised tests limit students with disability

Standardised tests restrict how well students with disability can do, which reinforces the idea that there are things they can't do that children without disability can.
To make sure we get the most out of education, we may need to both broaden our narrative about standardised testing and try to minimise its negative influences. Shutterstock

Support for standardised tests boils down to beliefs about who benefits from it

The use of standardised testing is a divisive topic, and most of the disagreement comes down to beliefs about whether using it to control education is a good or bad thing.
Having to own multiple cars comes at a cost to the finances and health of residents in the sprawling outer suburbs. David Crosling/AAP

Designing suburbs to cut car use closes gaps in health and wealth

One of the most effective ways to reduce health inequalities across Australia is to design neighbourhoods that free residents from having to rely on cars for transport.
Staying physically active can play a big part in ageing well – and a well-designed neighbourhood helps with that. Maylat/shutterstock

Eight simple changes to our neighbourhoods can help us age well

Our ageing population presents several social and economic challenges, particularly for the health sector. Physical activity can tackle many of these.
It’s not just workers on building sites that will feel the pinch of the construction downturn. David Maiuz/AAP

The hollow promise of construction-led jobs and growth

The threat of a loss of jobs in the the industries that support construction reveals the problem in relying on building to sustain the economy.
Theology students sit an exam at the Islamic University in Jakarta. Photo by Idris Thaha

Indonesian Muslim women engage with feminism

The gathering of almost 500 female religious scholars in Indonesia in the world's first Female Clerics Congress shows Muslim women's fight for equality.
Dietary calcium is necessary to ensure our bones hold on to all the calcium they need to stay strong. Incase/Flickr

Explainer: how do our bones get calcium and why do they need it?

If dietary calcium is in short supply, calcium is released from bone to maintain the critical level in the bloodstream needed for nerve and muscle function.

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