Month: January 2016

Neglect in a digital era

Around a dining table, a family are about to eat.  They don’t speak to one another, their eyes are fixed on various handheld devices which chirp and vibrate at regular intervals. They consider themselves to be a regular family with a peaceful home. Let’s look a little closer. Chloe is twelve and she’s becoming increasingly dependent on Instagram likes to feel good about herself.  She’s being… Read more »

Got Sleepy Teens?

If your sparky, full of energy kids have suddenly started to drag their feet around the house and are barely able to articulate a sentence before midday, don’t despair, it’s perfectly normal.  In fact the leap into adolescence is accompanied by a re-calibration of something called Circadian Rhythms…which can make said ‘leap’ more like a slow shuffle and a yawn. So, what’s a Circadian Rhythm?  Well,… Read more »

Risky Business: The neuroscience behind teens’ dubious choices

From cautious and careful to reckless and un-restrained; a new disregard for rules, regulation and boundaries means your teenager has truly arrived.  In fact, teenagers have double the risk of dying compared to their pre-teen selves. But why has the child who used to reach for your hand to cross the street become so careless, impulsive and thoughtless when it comes to choices affecting their safety… Read more »