Valued teens less anti-social

The Age, Australia 15 Sep 06 Teenagers who use drugs, binge drink and have underage sex will change their wild ways if they feel safe and valued at school, a …

Halve number of pokie machines, says economist

NZ Herald 15 Sep 06 An Australian author who has probed the links between the “pokie” industry and the state says Australia and New Zealand should halve their numbers of poker machines. …

Skinny models banned from catwalk

Reuters 13 Sep 06  The world’s first ban on overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of …

Junk culture ‘is poisoning our children’

UK Telegraph 13 Sep 06 A sinister cocktail of junk food, marketing, over-competitive schooling and electronic entertainment is poisoning childhood, a powerful lobby of academics and children’s experts says today. …

Beaten for wrong ‘colours’

Whangarei Leader 12 SEP 06 Primary school children are getting beaten up for wearing the wrong ‘colours’ in Whangarei, as a gang culture increases, according to police. Serious violence has …

Call for families to rein in kids

Manukau Courier 12 Sep 06 Changes need to be made at home if south Auckland’s youth violence problems are to be solved, two family-focused groups say. The Manukau-based Family First …