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Charlestown East Educational Pre-School’s June Newsletter
June 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - June 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Hello everyone, welcome to Charlestown East Educational Pre-School’s June newsletter! As always, we will be providing a preview of what is happening in our little community. This month we discuss childrens’ internet use, an Australian measles outbreak, a childcare scam, developmental resources, and a few arts and craft ideas.
Winter has set in, with snow capped mountains seen across the country, even in Queensland. For some, this means getting out your skis and snow boots, while others will prefer a film in front of the heater. Either way, mutual suffering through the cold can bring your family together.
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Topic of the month – Social media and internet use among Australian children
Australian children are born into a connected world, often learning to navigate an iPad before they are fully toilet trained. This opens up a world of possibilities for a new generation, placing the world at their fingertips
However, the internet has created a landscape of free, largely unregulated information exchange, which can be dangerous for a developing mind. The rise of social media and mobile devices has resulted in connected devices making their way into almost every aspect of our lives.
Morning vegemite toast and coffee is now accompanied by social media updates, while photo albums are slowly being replaced by Instagram pages. The real question is how do we protect our children from the dangers of the mobile internet age without holding them back.
One the one hand, you want your child to become confident online. It is of the utmost importance that child to learns how to best make use of the internet and their devices, as general technological competence and confidence is an invaluable strength.
On the other hand, you want to protect your child from connecting with online strangers, gaining access to inappropriate media, and forming any dependencies or addictions. This is a fine balancing act, but we are here to talk you through it, bringing you the latest on the subject.
Children and Digital Wellbeing in Australia: Online regulation, conduct and competence
Authors: Bjorn Nansen, Lisa Gibbs, Colin Macdougall & Frank Vetere
Traditional internet education focuses on teaching children to deal with the online world’s most immediate and obvious threats – cyberbullying, inappropriate explicit content, and misuse of personal information.
This type of training is as important as ever, however, researchers have identified an additional learning outcome for young online learners. Although children may have the technical skills to operate mobile devices, they have generally not developed the skills to interact online responsibly.
Online media is the ‘wild west’ of information exchange. Your child could be spending time amongst an online flat-earth society, communicating with believers and consuming conspiracy media. Without the maturity and experience to disseminate information, your child is vulnerable to such messages, as well as well-disguised online advertising.
This study proposes further education as a solution to this problem. It suggests teaching our children to be active, ethical and critical participants in digital culture, as well as empowering them to identify even the most embedded or disguised online advert.
A mental health check-in: 14 questions to ask your child
Author: Nicole Spector
Relatively recently, mental health has become a mainstream topic of conversation. It is now recognised as a manageable illness that, if dealt with correctly, will not negatively impact a person’s life.
This makes identifying mental illness early extremely important, and parents can help in this regard by taking an interest in their children’s’ mental state. By asking simple, non-invasive questions about your children’s’ lives, you can gain a deeper understanding of how they are feeling.
While a question such as, “Is anything worrying you?” would give your child an opportunity to express any anxiety, asking your children what they enjoy doing with their friends could reveal signs of depression.
The complete article contains a list of questions that could help you identify possible issues with anxiety or depression.
Read more at NBC News
What is the latest in child care?
Urgent immunisations after measles outbreak
Author: Nicole Asher
A measles outbreak in Victoria has seen 5 adults and 1 child infected. The disease was brought into the country by an overseas visitor who was in Australia for a wedding.
In the wake of this, over 30 babies and toddlers have been immunised with an injection of immunoglobulin at Monash Medical Centre. Although authorities have done everything they can to prevent further spread of the disease, infection is still possible.
The symptom of measles is a rash that starts between 3 and 7 days after exposure, appearing on the face before spreading to the rest of the body. Inform a medical centre before arriving with a measles complaint to prevent the illness from spreading to other patients.
Refer to the original article for more information, as well as a list of areas potentially affected by the latest outbreak.
Fake Sydney daycare defrauded millions
Author: Heather McNab
A fake daycare centre operating around Sydney and Wollongong has taken advantage of the childcare subsidy scheme, stealing around $4 million. This highly sophisticated operation pretended to provide care for over 450 children, even developing fake rosters, time sheets, class photographs, and graduation videos.
Following raids of 23 centres, a total of 18 people have been arrested. This includes three men aged 24, 40 and 49, as well as 15 women between 21 and 44 years old. The group has been apprehended just in time, as evidence suggests they planned to move onto defrauding the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
0-12 month development
Health authorities now advise against teething gel
Author: Ella Duffy
South Australian Health authorities have made a major change in their advice to parents, warning them against the use of WCH Teething Gel, a teething gels for infant children that contains the local anaesthetic lidocaine.
This comes after several children presented to SA emergency departments having consumed too much of the lidocaine. Families who have used this product as per the directions will not have harmed their child, however, the product is no longer recommended for teething.
Other teething gels are possible alternatives, however many of those also contain potentially harmful ingredients. Bonjela, which contains salicylic acid, a substance linked to the rare Reye’s syndrome is an example of this.
Refer to the original article for more information
1-2 year development
Encouraging your toddler to stand safely
Crawling started a while ago, and I’m sure that was no bother. But now that your child is beginning to walk, you must become a mobile parent. Be ready to run after your little one as he/she waddles off to see the world.
A child’s first step is a special milestone, but is only the beginning of a long learning process. Many small falls and false starts will eventually lead to success, however, there are things you can do to help your little one along.
You can make a big difference by equipping your child with the right kit, fall-proofing the house, rewarding positive progress and giving your child the freedom to practice.
Continue reading to learn exactly how to help your children stand on their own feet.
2-3 year development
Ending the pacifier habit
Author: Marguerite Lamb
A pacifier can be a parent’s secret weapon. Babies are born with an innate need to suck, for sustenance and soothing, ultimately making these soft objects the perfect calming tool.
However, their use should be limited by the age of 2 and stopped by the age of 4. This is because, from a dental-health perspective, continued pacifier use after this age can cause an overbite, open bite, or crossbite. These problems affect chewing, speech and appearance, often requiring orthodontics to correct.
For parents, this means you are going to have to be the bad guy. You need to take away your child’s first love, and it will cause a scene. However, gradual weaning from ‘binki’ has shown to reduce the trauma associated with this breakup.
Refer to the full article for the detailed 3-day approach to gradually weaning your child off his/her pacifier.
3-4 year development
How to boost your toddler’s confidence
Author: Linda Diproperzio
A person’s level of confidence affects every facet of their life and is a major determinant of future success – professional and social. So it is important to encourage and help your child to break out of his/her shell.
The basics include refraining from comparing your child to others, being gentle with your words of encouragement, acting as an example of friendly and outgoing behaviour, preparing your child for social interactions, slowly scaling the scale of your child’s playdates, as well as stopping oneself from being overprotective.
Read on for further instructions on how to improve your child’s confidence.
4-5 year development
Chores for busy toddlers
Author: Kathy Barnes
Chores are an important educational tool in any parent’s arsenal. Besides taking a slight load off of your plate, they provide an opportunity to instil a sense of responsibility in your child. However, if implemented incorrectly, chores can become a nagging exercise, creating nothing but conflict.
In order to avoid this, you need to make the process fun, use positive reinforcement to encourage efforts, and create a chore chart to clearly define your expectations and add structure to the process.
Furthermore, you need to decide on age-appropriate tasks for your child. This can include packing up their toys and clothing, helping with pets, making their beds, and many other small tasks.
Refer to the full article for further examples.
Development of boys
Boys performance hindered by single-sex schools
Author: Sandi Schwartz
Children spend a large proportion of their time at school, so choosing the correct place of learning is extremely important. With all-boys and mixed-sex schools available, what is the best option for your son?
Researchers have compared the reading abilities of students in both types of schools. They found that, in general, girls performed better. Furthermore, boys in mixed-sex schools outperformed boys who attended single-sex schools.
Girls’ dedication and structured approach to learning help them improve their reading skills faster. The research team believes this beneficial approach rubs off on boys in mixed-sex classrooms, helping boys learn quicker.
Ultimately, this study indicates that single-sex schools may not be beneficial to boys’ ability to learn.
The complete article provide a more detailed explanation of the issue
Development of girls
Helping your daughter pick a sport she will love
Author: Catherine Holecko
Sport has long been associated with many developmental benefits. While it improves self-esteem and social skills, it is also a simulation of the competitive real world. Through sport, children experience success and failure, learning about the benefits of hard work or how to bounce back after setbacks.
However, these benefits are mostly felt when a child truly enjoys their sport. In such circumstances, a child is more likely to show dedication and form healthy relationships with their teammates.
Choosing a sport your child will love is therefore of paramount importance, but how does one go about that? With so many options available, it is best to provide your child with opportunities to try a multitude of different sports. Encourage them to try their hand at everything until they show a true interest in one activity.
Refer to the original article for more information
Craft Corner: Winter has come
Craft Corner: Winter has come
Craft Corner: Winter has come
Friendship bracelets kids can make
Friendship bracelets have made a comeback. I’m sure you remember gifting these homemade crafts to your best buddies, and interestingly enough they are back. With a bit of embroidery floss, your child can arrive at school with a cute gift for his/her ‘BFF’.
Paper icicle decorations
Paper Roll Penguin
Create a quirky penguin with nothing but a toilet roll, cardboard, and a bit of paint. Give these incredibly cute creatures names and place them amongst your paper icicle decorations to make them feel at home.