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8 January 2018

Harm to children through exposure to pornography on the internet: Response to senate inquiry

This paper is a response from Yourtown to the 2016 Environment and Communications References Committee Senate Inquiry into the harm done to Australian children through access to pornography on the internet which presents data from Kids Helpline and Parentline to summarise  clients' experiences of harm from exposure to internet pornography and to present recommendations to government for reducing the associated harms.

19 January 2018

Adult mental health consequences of peer bullying and maltreatment in childhood: Two cohorts in two countries

This study compared the adult mental health consequences of childhood maltreatment and bullying from peers in participants in two longitudinal studies, one in the UK and the other in the USA. The findings showed that being bullied by peers in childhood generally had worse long-term adverse effects on young adults' mental health. The results consistently showed an increased risk of young adult mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, self-harm or suicidality in children who were bullied by peers, whether or not they had a history of maltreatment by adults.

29 January 2018

Children who bully at school

This paper focuses on children who bully at school, and specifically on the role of parenting and family functioning in bullying and examines early intervention strategies to address bullying behaviour. Children who bully often have a wide range of conduct problems and display high levels of depressive, aggressive and delinquent behaviour. Bullying is considered to be a possible precursor for criminal behaviours in adolescence and adulthood. Children who bully are at greater risk for later depression by 30%. Families pay an important role in bullying behaviours.

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