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A Brave New World?

While technology is a powerful learning tool, it is now part of daily family life. We have computers in our homes and laptops in our rooms. We take our smart phones to bed. While we think we’re managing quite well, we need to shine a light on what’s going on below the surface – it isn’t learning of the enriching kind. What are the consequences of the ‘one click away’ lifestyle we have adopted and how will it impact on the future of our children? We know that their social skills are greatly diminished, could it be that it is…

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Work Functions and Christmas Party Etiquette

Annual office Christmas parties can be a lot of fun. They allow you to mingle with co-workers on a social level, strengthen existing professional relationships and create new ones. You mustn’t be fooled, however, despite the bells and whistles, glitz and glam, a social work function is still just that and one wrong move could spell disaster for any budding career. You need to be mindful of the way you are projecting your professional image— stay on brand. The way you behave is an outward projection of who you are, so do kick your heels up, just be careful not…

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Instagram Etiquette

Instagram is a great way to share photos online but it isn’t just an evolving digital photo album, it’s a published representation of your identity. While you may be completely in control of the content you post, it’s a good idea to be conscious of what that content says about you. Is your profile an online record of wonderful moments of your life that you capture and share with friends, or is it a series of selfies posted for the purpose of gaining acceptance from others? It’s so easy to become caught up in the illusion that the number of…

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Resurrecting The Gentleman

Well-known feminist and writer Clementine Ford, has spoken out about women’s rights and in doing so, illuminated a very dark side to our culture. After a spate of hacking and data theft, the revealing photos of hundreds of Australian women were shared online. Ms Ford responded to a related segment on Sunrise suggesting that women should refrain from taking nude photographs, by posting a heated rebuttal about ‘victim blaming’ on their Facebook page. The trolling and harassment that followed prompted her to expose some of the attitudes that women found themselves up against when speaking out about their rights. In…

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