SPECIAL REPORTS

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Preparing for Remote Learning

    “Our young people will take their lead from us. We need to let them know that we are taking the coronavirus seriously, but we are not panicking. This is not downplaying what is happening, it is just context.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Coronavirus

    “Parents shouldn’t avoid talking about the coronavirus. Not talking about something can actually make young people worry more. Take the opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone. Help your children feel informed and reassured.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Surviving the Final Year

    "It’s no secret that the end of school can be a huge source of anxiety for both students and parents alike. Final year students suffer from high-level anxiety or stress, with many also suffering from depression."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Moving to a New School

    "Starting at a new school is a big deal! Your child is going to meet lots of new people and be thrown into new situations. That’s bound to make them feel lots of different emotions."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Bushfires

    SPECIAL REPORT: Talking About Bushfires

    "Studies show an increase in mental health problems among survivors immediately after a major disaster. Children especially are vulnerable to experiencing feelings of loss of safety, fear or apprehension following exposure to images seen on TV, the internet or in newspapers."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Surviving Christmas

    SPECIAL REPORT: Surviving Christmas

    "For many Christmas is a wonderful day filled with family, friends, gifts, good food and good times. But for some people, the reality is often quite different due to increased loneliness and hardship."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • Eco-Anxiety

    SPECIAL REPORT: Eco-Anxiety

    "Some psychologists worry that fears around the projected impacts of climate change may lead to a learned helplessness or hopelessness. ‘Eco-anxiety’ has begun to emerge in pre-schoolers, primary and secondary students."

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • The Hunting

    SPECIAL REPORT: The Hunting

    “The series is confronting viewing. It’s not easy to watch, as a young person or an adult, but it shouldn’t be. It should make us nervous and wake us up.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Parenting Styles - What type of parent are you?

    “Many parents today are afflicted with a Vitamin N deficiency…the inability to say, “No” to their children. It's incredibly important that parents set limits and boundaries. The consequences of bad parenting has both short and long-term effects.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Talking to kids about Christchurch

    “Terrorism is not an ideology like communism or capitalism. Rather, it is a tactic, a strategy, used to achieve a specific end. The violence we saw in Christchurch is designed to create fear in the targeted population.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Smartphones in Schools

    “Mobile phones are not only distracting, but cause stress for young children. Enabling them to focus on lessons and learn better socialising skills, can reduce their social media use and minimise online bullying.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Year 12 Exam Stress

    “Parents should ensure they offer appropriate emotional and practical support to their children, without creating undue stress about academic performance. This will help them to maintain perspective and focus during exam time.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Online Game Fortnite

    “The game can be problematic for those kids who play in an ‘obsessive way’. It will interfere with their sleep, it will interfere with, obviously, homework, and it’ll interfere with normal relationships at home.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: 13 Reasons Why

    “Probably for 75 per cent of kids who watch this show, there will be no impact. However, I'm worried about the ones who have pre-existing vulnerabilities.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Cyberbullying

    “Up to 70% of primary school kids are on social media but they simply do not have the neurological maturity to manage their digital footprint. Parents need to get tough and understand the risks associated with it.”

    Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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