The toys-to-life figurines that filled stockings this Christmas, such as Nintendo’s amiibo, are giving children mixed messages about digital security, Deakin University research has found.


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The toys-to-life figurines that filled stockings this Christmas, such as Nintendo’s amiibo, are giving children mixed messages about digital security, Deakin University research has found.

The study by Dr Thomas Apperley, digital learning researcher with Deakin School of Education’s Research for Educational Impact team, has highlighted the impact the playful use of data has on how young people understand data security.

The issue of data security was found through an analysis of popular contemporary toys-to-life gadgets and figurines available in Australia, …

Curtin University researchers have found children who spend a lot of time watching tv have poorer & weaker bones which can impact their health in later life


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Curtin University researchers have found children who spend a lot of time watching television, have poorer and weaker bones in young adulthood which could significantly impact their health in later life.

Lead researcher Dr Joanne McVeigh, Curtin’s School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, said the study examined the TV viewing habits of 1,181 young adults over their childhood and adolescence years and related these to how strong their bones were at age 20. …