The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-06T04:56:32Z COVID-19 vaccine and breastfeeding 2021-04-06T04:56:32Z covid-19-vaccine-and-breastfeeding Advice for breastfeeding mothers about the current COVID-19 vaccine and whether it is safe for themselves and their babies has been unveiled. The advice, in the form of an infographic, was today launched by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA), the New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance (NZBA) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). ‘There is no evidence of additional risks to breastfeeding women or their children from an approved COVID-19 vaccine’, the infographic states, before going on to highlight the current vaccination program rollout underway across Australia and New Zealand. The infographic links to the advice of the Australian Government Department of Health and the New Zealand Ministry of Health. ‘COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia and New Zealand do not contain a live virus’, the infographic adds. Download the infographic COVID-19 vaccine and breastfeeding. Prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination it is important that breastfeeding women discuss the COVID-19 immunisation with their health professional. RANZCOG Councillor Dr Nisha Khot said the advice would help breastfeeding women make an informed decision. ‘There is so much information out there. It can become quite confusing for breastfeeding women. This infographic provides breastfeeding women with the relevant facts, in a concise, easy to understand way’, Dr Khot said. Senior Manager, Breastfeeding Information and Research at the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Naomi Hull, said that the aim of this infographic was to ‘ensure that breastfeeding mothers have access to trusted information specific to their needs’.NZBA Executive Officer Jane Cartwright said: ‘We support the guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination especially for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and whanau.’ Tech Device Offers Entertainment Without the Screen Dramas: G-mee Play delivers balanced road trip entertainment these holidays 2021-03-29T21:31:51Z tech-device-offers-entertainment-without-the-screen-dramas-g-mee-play-delivers-balanced-road-trip-entertainment-these-holidays 55% of Australians are planning a road trip this year and with the Easter school holidays beginning soon, experts in child focussed technology and behaviour are warning parents of the dangers of screen time during travel and suggesting a change in the device they offer their kids. Aussie developed G-mee Play is one device that allows kids of today to enjoy the portable entertainment experiences their parents once enjoyed, without the dangers of excess screen time. Meet two Aussie dads working together and using their expertise to help families find the balance for meaningful screen time, just in time for the holidays. Brad Marshall is The Unplugged Psychologist who says that COVID-19 has changed the relationship that young children (4-14 years) have with technology. He also says that school holidays can be one of the most difficult times to manage screen use in a family, especially when there are long stretches of travel or a road trip involved. “In my experience parents set out with an ideal plan in their head around limiting kids screen use so they can reconnect with each other, but when the stress of travel hits, that all flies out the window,” Mr Marshall explains. “I’m sure there are plenty of parents who thought they would just use the tablet or phone for small bursts in the car, and before you know it it’s a screaming match in the hotel foyer or restaurant as your kids are glued to the screen.” “The G-mee Play allows kids to downtime through music or audio books without the visual rabbit hole that can detract from the human experiences of the quintessential Aussie family holiday,” Mr Marshall commented. Charlie Brown is the tech expert and father behind the Aussie innovation, G-mee Play – a smart device that was created with young users – and their parents - in mind. For families with young digital users (5-14 years), G-mee Play encourages auditory forms of entertainment so that young eyes can see more of the world around them to enjoy a more balanced relationship with technology on the road and in life. “Parents all remember their portable cassette and CD players, and how they were entertained on family trips. G-mee Play offers kids these entertainment experiences but delivers them via apps that are approved by their parents, like streaming music, podcasts, audio books and mindfulness exercises” said Mr Brown. “There’s so much to see on a road trip, and the G-mee Play encourages kids to use their ears for entertainment, and while doing so, they are also seeing nature, different towns and landmarks as they travel with their family.” “With the G-mee Play, kids can have a personal entertainment experience and parents can allow or not allow the apps accessed on the journey by using the built in pin lock parental controls. This creates a managed adventure for the kids within the approved apps accessible on the device. By selecting audio entertainment apps only, the whole family can be entertained, but their eyes will be free to look elsewhere.” The G-mee Play smart player RRP is $99.95 and available via g-mee.com, Amazon.com.au, ebay.com.au, catch.com.au. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Charlie Brown, G-mee Play creator and father, discusses how parents can take back the power of kids’ technology use on road trips for a more meaningful journey. Brad Marshall, The Unplugged Psychologist, discusses the technology pitfalls parents may fall into during holiday road trips and how to avoid arguing with kids about technology use. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS Editor’s Note: Interview Opportunity: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request.High quality imagery availableB-Roll footage available For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au More information: Kids and cyber safetyIn 2020, just under half (46%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 used a mobile phone, up from 41% in 2015(4). In the 14-17 age bracket, 9 in 10 Australian teens have a mobile phone(5). Interestingly, nearly 6 in 10 young people (8-17 years) who reported a negative experience online, identified emotional and/or psychological impacts as a result(2).A majority (94%) of parents identify their child's online safety as a priority, however parents lack confidence in dealing with certain negative online experiences their child may face, such as cyberbullying and online threats(3). Sources:Tourism Australia researchOffice of the eSafety Commissioner – State of Play – Youth, kids and digital dangerseSafety Research Parenting Digital AgeACMA – Kids and mobiles: How Australian children are using mobile phonesRoy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2015 – June 2016 SESAME WORKSHOP CONTINUES MAJOR COMMITMENT TO RACIAL JUSTICE WITH NEW “ABCS OF RACIAL LITERACY” CONTENT TO HELP FAMILIES TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT RACE AND IDENTITY 2021-03-24T04:27:54Z sesame-workshop-continues-major-commitment-to-racial-justice-with-new-abcs-of-racial-literacy-content-to-help-families-talk-to-children-about-race-and-identity Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, is releasing new resources to support families in talking to their children about race and racism. The “ABCs of Racial Literacy” is part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop’s ongoing commitment to racial justice.   Designed to provide families with the tools they need to build racial literacy, to have open conversations with young children, to engage allies and advocates to become upstanders against racism, and more, Coming Together includes a racial justice educational framework, ongoing research, and a rolling release of new content on SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether.   Coming Together is rooted in extensive research and consultation with experts to develop a groundbreaking Racial Justice educational framework and curriculum for young children. Like the science-based whole-child model that Sesame Street is known for, this framework will help guide and inform the creation of new Sesame Workshop content going forward—including future seasons of Sesame Street.    “At Sesame Workshop, we look at every issue through the lens of a child. Children are not colourblind—not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President, Sesame Workshop.    “’The ABCs of Racial Literacy’ is designed to foster open, age-appropriate conversations among families and support them in building racial literacy. By encouraging these much-needed conversations through Coming Together, we can help children build a positive sense of identity and value the identities of others."   The new ‘ABCs of Racial Literacy’ resources launching today are designed to help all families celebrate their own unique identities, while also providing age-appropriate language and strategies to answer sometimes-tough questions around race and racism.   In one video featuring two new Muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah, Elmo wants to know why Wes’s skin is brown. Elijah explains the concept of melanin and that the colour of our skin is an important part of who we are. In a new music video, the Sesame Street Muppets celebrate their own unique identities; the song, “Giant,” is available on all major platforms through Warner Music Group’s Arts Music. In another video coming soon, Rosita’s mom and her friend Sofia help Rosita cope with a racist incident in the grocery store, while also celebrating speaking Spanish. Additional resources include videos featuring real families talking about their experiences, activities for families to do together, and talking points and conversation starters for families.   The new Coming Together: The ABCs of Racial Literacy resources launching today are available at no cost to families at SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether.    "Sesame Workshop has always stood for diversity, inclusion, equity, and kindness. As a trusted source for families, we have a responsibility to speak out for racial justice and empower families to have conversations about race and identity with their children at a young age,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Executive Vice President of Creative and Production, Sesame Workshop.    “The work to dismantle racism begins by helping children understand what racism is and how it hurts and impacts people. Sadly, today’s announcement comes at a time of racial and social discord when many families are in need of support in talking to their children about racism. We’re proud to reaffirm our Coming Together commitment to racial justice, which will be woven into new Sesame Workshop content for years to come.”   According to a recent Children and Racism study commissioned by Sesame Workshop to capture and elevate the voices of children ages 6-11 and their parents, racism was top of mind for nearly half the children surveyed with racism more prevalent in responses of Black children. The majority of parents were comfortable with children learning about race and racism through media, books, or school, yet only 23% of parents report that specific resources helped them prepare for discussions with their children. The new ABCs of Racial Literacy resources seek to fill a gap for parents and caregivers as they embark on conversations with their children about race and racism. A full report of the study findings will be released this spring.   More to read, listen, and play is coming soon from across the Workshop to continue the conversation as part of Coming Together. In the coming year, Sesame Workshop will release additional Sesame Street in Communities resources made possible by the generous support of donors including PNC Foundation, USAA, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund for Vulnerable Children.SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether will be regularly updated with new content for children and families promoting racial justice.   About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re active in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org.   Stokke® Australia Easter Specials 2021 2021-03-23T00:19:54Z stokke-australia-easter-specials-2021 DOWNLOAD PDF FILE & IMAGES Stokke® Australia Easter Specials 2021 For over forty years, we have combined our passion for Scandinavian design with the ability to challenge the ordinary and make beautiful products that nurture family bonding.  We are a Norwegian company that is recognised worldwide for premium children´s furniture and equipment within the highchair, stroller, baby carrier, home textiles and nursery segments. We are excited to launch special bundles over Easter from 27th March – 11th April. The bundles are carefully put together with the new parent in mind. Making it hassle free for you to purchase your baby baths, nursery, high chairs and strollers. It even includes their most iconic Tripp Trapp® chair (Chosen as 1 of the 100 Greatest Designs of Modern Times by Fortune Magazine) that can be used from birth to adulthood – bringing your little one closer to the dining table where the magic happens!     Stokke® Baby Ultimate Bundle RRP Easter $3553.70 Easter Bundle Special $2999 What's included? ✔️HIGH CHAIR ·         Tripp Trapp® Chair (Beech Wood range - 12 colours available*) ·         Tripp Trapp® Newborn Set ·         Tripp Trapp® Baby Set (White, Black OR Natural) ·         Stokke® Tray for Tripp Trapp (White, Black OR Grey) ·         Tripp Trapp® Cushion ·         Ezpz™ by Stokke™ placemat for Stokke® Tray ·         Tripp Trapp® Storage   ✔️NURSERY: ·         Stokke® Sleepi™ Mini with Mattress (Natural OR White*) ·         Stokke® Sleepi™ Mini Fitted Sheet White X 2 ·         Stokke® Sleepi™ Canopy ·         Stokke® Sleepi™ Drape Rod (Natural OR White*)   ✔️BATH: Stokke® Flexi Bath® V2 (White, Transparent Pink, Transparent Blue, White Aqua OR White Black) Stokke® Flexi Bath® Newborn Support   ✔️STROLLER: Stokke® Beat™ Stroller (Black, Blue Melange OR Black Melange*) Stokke® Stroller cup holder V3 Stokke® Car Seat Adaptor My First Home Starter Bundle for Newborn to Toddler RRP Easter $2822.65 Easter Bundle Special $2699 What's included? ✔️HIGH CHAIR Tripp Trapp® Chair (Beech Wood range - 12 colours available) Tripp Trapp® Newborn Set Tripp Trapp® Baby Set (White, Black OR Natural) Stokke® Tray for Tripp Trapp® (White, Black OR Grey) Tripp Trapp® Classic Cushion Ezpz™ by Stokke™ placemat for Stokke® Tray Tripp Trapp® Junior Cushion Tripp Trapp® Storage ✔️NURSERY: Stokke® Sleepi™ Bed with Mattress (Natural OR White*) Stokke® Sleepi™ Fitted Sheet in White Stokke® Sleepi™ Protection Sheet Stokke® Sleepi™ Bumper in White ✔️BATH: Stokke® Flexi Bath® V2 Stokke® Flexi Bath® Newborn Support Stokke® Flexi Bath® Stand     Tripp Trapp® ‘Chair for Life’ Bundle RRP Easter $837.85 Easter Bundle Special $749 Stokke® Steps™ Newborn Bundle     RRP $648 Easter Special $499           Stokke® Sleepi™ Mini to Bed 'Grow With Me' Bundle RRP $2276 Easter Special $1999 Stokke® Steps™ 5-in-1 Bundle RRP $999.45 Easter Special $899   Travel with Stokke® - In Style & Comfort Not only are the Stokke® products perfect for your home and nursery, there are products to ensure that you little one travels with style and comfort. Stokke® has a travel range covering high chairs, baby baths and prams that are compact, light and comfortable for your baby!   Stokke® Beat™ Travel BundleRRP $1307 Easter Special $999  Stokke® Clikk™ Easy Mealtime BundleRRP $538.90 Easter Special $499 Stokke® Flexi Bath® Easy V2 BundleRRP $99.90 Easter Special $89   Check out all 9 bundles which include baby and toddler products that are ergonomic, stylish and practical for your family. These bundles will only be available on www.stokkeshop.com.au Access Offers here: https://stokkeshop.com.au/pages/easter-bundles   About Stokke® Founded in Ålesund Norway in 1932, Stokke began life as a manufacturer of high-quality furniture. The first product for children was launched in 1972 – the iconic Tripp Trapp® chair, which has sold more than 11 million units and remains a core product in the Stokke collection. Stokke has worldwide distribution in over 80 countries, as well as its own subsidiaries in Europe, the United States and Asia.   Since 2006 Stokke has focused exclusively on designing premium children´s furniture and equipment within the highchair, stroller, baby carrier, home textiles and nursery segments. Our products promote bonding between parent and child, and ensure healthy development for young children.          Mr. Men: Mr. Tickle celebrates 50th anniversary with special new edition 2021-03-18T23:40:58Z mr-men-mr-tickle-celebrates-50th-anniversary-with-special-new-edition Mr. Men: Mr. Tickle - enjoy the story that first introduced Mr. Men to the world in this gold-foil 50th anniversary edition. The late Roger Hargreaves founded Mr. Men in 1971, when his then 8-year-old son, Adam Hargreaves, asked ‘What does a tickle look like?’ In response, Roger drew a figure with a round orange body and extraordinary long arms and Mr. Tickle was born. Mr. Tickle then went on to sell a million copies in just three years. Now, 50 years later you can enjoy this special upsized edition of the classic story with a bonus backstory about how it all began. The perfect gift for fans of the Mr. Men and Little Miss series. With a cast of over 90 characters, Mr. Men and Little Miss have been delighting children for generations with their charming and funny antics. Bold illustrations and hilarious stories make any Mr. Men and Little Miss the perfect story time experience for children aged two up. Mr. Men: Mr. Tickle is available now. RRP $16.99. To celebrate the anniversary, the brand has invited consumers to vote for two new characters, in order to shape the next 50 years of the brand. Characters to vote on include Mr. Calm, Little Miss Brilliant, Little Miss Brave, Little Miss Energy, and Mr. Brilliant, and the two who receive the most votes will be turned into classic Mr. Men Little Miss books. Fans can vote for their favourite at www.mrmen.com: Voting closes on the 31st March, with the winners announced later in the year. Whether you have an inner sense of zen like Mr. Calm, are always putting others first like Little Miss Kind, have the heart of a lion like Little Miss Brave, have a can-do attitude like Mr. Brilliant or are full of zest like little Miss Energy, there's a part of a character inside everyone, so head online to Discover You and vote for your favourites. Adam Hargreaves, son of the original creator says: ‘It’s amazing to see people are still connecting to the books after 50 years, they have always been about getting people to relate with the unique characters and identify the different traits of their own personalities, so it’s great to involve the fans and let them help shape the next 50 years of Mr. Men.’ Born in 1935, Charles Roger Hargreaves followed a career in advertising before becoming an author and illustrator. He is Britain’s third best-selling author of all time having sold more than 100 million books, including all the familiar Mr. Men and Little Miss characters. For further information, please contact:Tamara Jenkins, Esencia Communications E: tamara@esenciacommunications.com.au Media release: Too Peas In A Podcast at Yarraville Laughs 2021-03-17T23:03:40Z media-release-too-peas-in-a-podcast-at-yarraville-laughs-2 Annabel Crab from the ABC and Chat10Looks3: “I started listening as I was running around, catching trains, doing stuff and before I knew it I had listened to about four episodes… Every single podcast I cried... The way they laugh together is so wonderful, you can’t help bursting into laughter... I love the opportunity to hear their voices... I love hanging out with them...Their capacity to find joy in things… is wonderful.” Mia Freedman on Mama Mia Out Loud: “The happiest thing I’ve listened to in a long time and it really shouldn’t be... Their laughter is like balm for my soul. I can’t even explain how much I love listening to it.” On Mothers Day Eve - Saturday, May 8 - Too Peas In A Podcast will finally make its way to the Yarraville Laughs stage, with Kate and Mandy giving their honest, down-to-earth take on life’s trials and tribulations that have earned tham an international following. It’s been a full year since Yarraville Laughs - like every other venue and promoter in the country - had to reluctantly announce the cancellation of its shows which were close to being sold out. One of those shows was to be the live debut for two of the funniest mums on the planet, Kate Jones and Mandy Hose, who were to record their breakout podcast, Too Peas In A Podcast.Fast forward to 2021 and these hilarious women were Victoria’s nominee for Australian Of The Year, have signed a book deal with Penguin Books and tripled their audience throughout the pandemic lockdowns - uplifting their audience with their irreverent banter about raising their respective additional-needs children, both mothers of twins! They also managed to squeeze in a sold out show at Sydney’s Comedy Store.The audience will be taken on an emotional rollercoaster of tears one minute, laughter the next (and often at the same time), as the two chat about parenting twins with disabilities and additional needs. While indeed, the topics they delve are not necessarily laughing matters, Mandy and Kate’s natural ability to cut through the crap and let the audience see the funny side of their emotional ups and downs is contagious.As challenging as 2020 was for so many, Too Peas In A Podcast at Yarraville Laughs promises hilarious anecdotes which are totally relatable, such as drinking gin out of teacups in the afternoons, accidental swearing during remote learning classes, playing remote tricks on teachers - all while wearing pyjamas day in, day out.As Kate says, ‘I think we provided a bit of a lifeline - not only for ourselves, but for our listeners.‘During the pandemic, no one was talking about educating kids remotely with additional needs - only us.’And for the grammar geeks amongst us, it’s well worth a listen to hear their explanation of the almost unforgivable spelling in the title, Too Peas in a Podcast.This is a rare opportunity to be part of the recording of one of this country’s true podcast sensations, so come and see them live, find out what is so a-pea-ling!Listen to Too Peas In A Podcast HERELISTINGS INFO:Too Peas In A PodcastSaturday, May 8The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen St Yarraville.18+ EventBookings: www.yarravillelive.comPh: 03 9689 6033Doors open: 6pm (dining); 7.15pm (show only)Show time: 8.00pmTicket Options:Supper & Show $99.00 + bfReserved Seating Section A $59.00 +bfReserved Seating Section B $49.00 +bfGeneral Admission (standing) $39.00 +bf MEDIA CONTACT:Jameson & CoErin Jameson - 0419 323 663 / erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)com How to be happily single & avoid depression this Valentine’s Day 2021-02-10T01:17:02Z how-to-be-happily-single-avoid-depression-this-valentines-day WHILE Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a day of joy and romance, many single people spend the day feeling lonely, depressed and suicidal. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that relationship problems are the top cause of suicides today and psychologists worldwide suggest that Valentine’s Day on February 14 is the start of an annual rise in suicide rates that peak in April. It doesn’t have to be this way however as there are many positives to being single, as Gold Coast author Louisa Pateman shares in her new book Single, Again, and Again, and Again… “It takes courage to be single and it’s a big myth that when you meet ‘the one’, you will live happily ever after,” Ms Pateman said. “Your ultimate goal should be happiness - single or not. We all have our own unique life journey. If I had waited for ‘the one’, I wouldn’t have had such an amazing life.” Louisa, 47, has travelled to 73 countries, had multiple properties and chose to have her son solo using a sperm bank at age 37 after stressing out about her biological clock ticking and having more than 13 failed relationships since the age of 21. A civil engineer for 25 years, she created exciting and rewarding life experiences through travel, investing and spending time with girlfriends. “I spent 20 years looking for my soulmate and my son, Nicholas, is now the love of my life. I wouldn’t give him up for any man,” she said. Her tips for being happily single include: Embrace/ accept your situation for what it is and what you have Learn to be present- enjoy the moment Find other single people you can relate to but don’t exclude yourself from couple situations. Find opportunities where you can be around people you can connect with, who have lived part of your journey Love yourself and appreciate your self worth. You determine your own worth by what you will and won’t put up with Find inner contentment and the good in all your challenges. Don’t be a man/ woman hater or shun couples. If you are bitter, resentful or hold grudges from past relationship failures, that bitterness permeates your present experience. Find exciting and rewarding life experiences that you can do on your own. When you come out of a relationship, write down a list of all the things you want to do without a partner and do it, like going on a girl’s retreat or writing a book (eg. I was up 10pm to 2am most nights when writing my book). Stay optimistic about life. Have an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for what you have - big and little things. List things you’re grateful for and realise things aren’t that bad. Look at life from a macro perspective and realise how small your issues are in the overall scheme of things Remind yourself that not everyone in a relationship is happy. You may be better off than some people who don’t have the courage to be single Ms Pateman’s tips are also in line with Singles Awareness Day (or Singles Appreciation Day), which is celebrated on February 15 each year. “It is a celebration of love in all forms recognising the love between friends, family and loving yourself. You have to accept you are where you are,” Ms Pateman said. “I’m not saying you can get rid of your desires. I’m saying if you don’t have courage to live a rewarding life on your own, life could pass you by and you could miss out on a lot of opportunities.” For more details or for a copy of the book Single, Again, and Again, and Again…, visit www.louisapateman.com ENDS ___________________________________________________ MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: AA Xpose Media Director/ Photojournalist Aldwyn Altuney ph: 0409 895 055 NEW RESEARCH REVEALS THAT AUSTRALIAN PARENTS ARE PERSONALISING ALMOST EVERYTHING IN THEIR FAMILIES LIVES, APART FROM THIS 2021-01-24T04:55:40Z new-research-reveals-that-australian-parents-are-personalising-almost-everything-in-their-families-lives-apart-from-this Online school tutoring service, Cluey Learning, has released new research that explores the extent Australian parents ensure family life is personalised to individual tastes and personalities but identified a clear discrepancy when it comes to approach to learning and education. Of the parents surveyed, 85% of parents agree their children’s clothing and accessories reflect their personalities, 93% of parents claim to buy toys and games that appeal to their child’s personal interests and 86% admit their children only participate in extra-curricular activities that are of interest to them. Despite this personalised approach to our kids’ lifestyles, it appears parents do not believe this applies to the current educational system, with 77% agreeing it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. 88% felt their child could do with more individualised attention at school and 90% agreed that, now more than ever, kids need additional learning support.Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr Selina Samuels said, “It’s hard to reconcile that we expect such a deep level of personalisation for our everyday experiences, yet we don’t demand the same for our children’s learning. Because, just as you wouldn’t expect your child to have the same hairstyle as every other student in their school, you wouldn’t expect them to be identical learners.”Additional key findings from the research include: 65% of parents consider purchasing new stationery an essential part of Back to School planning, but less than 1 in 4 (23%) look at signing up with a tutor88% of parents wish there was more time to go back and revise any areas their child may not have understood during the school term/year to ensure they’ve grasped the concepts87% of parents agree that they would love more feedback on their child’s learning progress than just school reports and parent-teacher meetings84% of parents agree that the pace at which their child is taught a new subject or concept doesn’t necessarily suit them Based on these findings, Cluey have launched a campaign designed to raise awareness around the importance of personalised experiences by offering free Back to School haircuts for school kids via hairdressing chain, Just Cuts. The first 1000 applicants will receive a free haircut at any of the 190 salons nationwide.Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr Selina Samuels said, “Back to School is the perfect time to reflect on the current learning needs of your children, so we’ve partnered with Just Cuts - the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere - to offer parents a helping hand during this busy and expensive time of year. At the same time, we hope this initiative draws attention to the benefits of personalisation in every aspect of our lives - whether that’s a haircut, a coffee order, or our children’s learning - because it’s important our needs are met.”School children who take up the offer of a free Back to School haircut will also receive 20% off Cluey. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/haircuts to request a free haircut. For further details and to learn more about Cluey Learning click here.-ENDS-Media Contact:Candice Meiselscandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484NOTES TO EDITORS About Cluey Learning Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 15,000 Australian families, run over 192,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students.About Dr Selina SamuelsDr Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide remote education programs across a range of subjects.Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, PhD, MEd.About the promotion Offer includes 1 haircut or hairstyle, free of charge, per school child. Offer does not include any colour treatment, or maintenance treatment such as deep conditioning. Vouchers can be redeemed Monday to Friday only. Offer is redeemed on a first come, first serve basis - while stocks last. Offer valid until voucher stocks run out one redemption per person only. Please check your local participating salon for opening hours. Offer can be redeemed via https://clueylearning.com.au/haircutsAbout the research Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the period 3-8 December 2020. The sample size was nationally representative amongst parents of school children from Kinder to Years 12 in Australia. The survey was conducted by Cluey Learning, in collaboration with Pure Profile. For more insights, see here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/personalisation-research/ FREE PERSONALISED BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS COURTESY OF ONLINE TUTORING SERVICE, CLUEY LEARNING 2021-01-17T08:56:13Z free-personalised-back-to-school-haircuts-courtesy-of-online-tutoring-service-cluey-learning Online tutoring service Cluey Learning is offering free Back to School haircuts for school kids via hairdressing chain, Just Cuts. Applicants will receive a free haircut at any of the 190 salons nationwide.The initiative – just in time for the new school term – is designed to raise awareness around the importance of personalised experiences, whether that’s something as routine as a haircut, or as fundamental as how children learn. Research released today shows that 85% of parents agree their children’s clothing and accessories reflect their personalities, 93% of parents claim to buy toys and games that appeal to their child’s personal interests and 86% admit their children only participate in extra-curricular activities that are of interest to them. Despite this personalised approach to our kids’ lifestyles, it appears parents do not believe this applies to the current educational system, with 77% agreeing it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. 88% felt their child could do with more individualised attention at school and 90% agreed that, now more than ever, kids need additional learning support.Cluey Learning offers school children live, face-to-face tutoring support in a 1-to-1 and small group setting. Kids can learn at their own pace, in their own way,in addition to school. Its online adaptive platform delivers a personalised experience like no other, with over 790 tutors, bespoke tutor and student matching and an array of digital technologies to aid performance and delivery of the Australian National Curriculum. Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Selina Samuels says, “It’s hard to reconcile that we expect such a deep level of personalisation for our everyday experiences, yet we don’t demand the same for our children’s learning. Because, just as you wouldn’t expect your child to have the same hairstyle as every other student in their school, you wouldn’t expect them to be identical learners. Back to School is the perfect time to reflect on the current learning needs of your children, so we’ve partnered with Just Cuts - the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere - to offer parents a helping hand during this busy and expensive time of year. At the same time, we hope this initiative draws attention to the benefits of personalisation in every aspect of our lives - whether that’s a haircut, a coffee order, or our children’s learning - because it’s important our needs are met.” Additional key findings from the research include: 65% of parents consider purchasing new stationery an essential part of Back to School planning, but less than 1 in 4 (23%) look at signing up with a tutor88% of parents wish there was more time to go back and revise any areas their child may not have understood during the school term/year to ensure they’ve grasped the concepts87% of parents agree that they would love more feedback on their child’s learning progress than just school reports and parent-teacher meetings84% of parents agree that the pace at which their child is taught a new subject or concept doesn’t necessarily suit themSchool children who take up the offer of a free Back to School haircut will also receive 20% off Cluey. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/haircuts to request a free haircut. For further details and to learn more about Cluey Learning click here.-ENDS-Media Contact:Candice Meiselscandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484 NOTES TO EDITORS About Cluey Learning Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 15,000 Australian families, run over 192,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students.About Dr. Selina SamuelsDr. Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide remote education programs across a range of subjects.Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, Ph.D., MEd.About the promotion Offer includes 1 haircut or hairstyle, free of charge, per school child. Offer does not include any colour treatment, or maintenance treatment such as deep conditioning. Vouchers can be redeemed Monday to Friday only. Offer is redeemed on a first-come, first serve basis - while stocks last. Offer valid until voucher stocks run out one redemption per person only. Please check your local participating salon for opening hours. Offer can be redeemed via https://clueylearning.com.au/haircutsAbout the research Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the period 3-8 December 2020. The sample size was nationally representative amongst parents of school children from Kinder to Years 12 in Australia. The survey was conducted by Cluey Learning, in collaboration with Pure Profile. For more insights, see here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/personalisation-research/ Australian Smart Tech Brand, G-mee, Partners with Australia Post 2021-01-12T23:52:49Z australian-smart-tech-brand-g-mee-partners-with-australia-post-1 Images available here.Australian smart tech start-up, G-mee, has secured Australia Post as a national retail partner for the brand’s G-mee Connect smartphone. The G-mee range, consisting of the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone, is an Australian innovation created to support the safe exploration of smart technology by young users. G-mee offers all the features desired for on-the-go-entertainment and removes digital temptations. With no digital camera and a built-in G-mee App Lock, G-mee is already being recognised as the smart device to satisfy both parent and child needs. The G-mee Connect is the smartphone model of the range and offers access to Google mobile services such as Google Play and YouTube, as well as 4G cellular connectivity. This device facilitates phone calls, SMS and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime. Like all G-mee devices, the G-mee Connect comes with a built-in App Lock to ensure users only access age appropriate content. The smartphone also enables download of a free Call Manager App, giving parents the ability to disallow calls from specific numbers at specific times of the day. G-mee creator, Australian tech expert and father of three daughters, Charlie Brown, says the partnership with Australia Post will make safe smart technology accessible to more users. “One of the key things we’ve learned from the events of 2020, is that smart devices are now a necessity. So too is having an awareness of keeping safe online,” Mr Brown explains. “We launched G-mee online last year and our online sales show great promise. Parents are seeing the benefits of G-mee for their kids’ digital use and are telling their friends. Now it’s time to take G-mee to another level.” “We’re excited to offer G-mee Connect smartphones through participating Australia Post outlets nationally. Aussie families will now be able to find a smartphone option to help keep kids safe online at participating Australia Post outlets so they can stay connected once they return to school in 2021.” “Australia Post outlets across the country have evolved to become more than just a place to send letters and packages. Now they are also regarded as a source for quality technology and gadgets at a reasonable price point.” “The G-mee Connect smartphone is all about giving everyday Australian families an affordable device option that prioritises online safety for young users. Our products give parents the ability to curate the content their child engages with, to help guide and educate them about safely using smart technology to become informed users into the future.” The G-mee Connect is available at participating Australia Post outlets nationally for $149. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS Editor’s Note: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request. For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au About G-meeThe range of G-mee smart devices is the brainchild of respected technology expert, Charlie Brown of CBN Media. Charlie created the G-mee range after he and his wife realised that there wasn’t a device on the market that they could give their three young daughters and be assured that the content they were consuming was appropriate. G-mee smart devices give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. There are two devices in the G-mee range including the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone. About CBN MediaCBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology. Back to school: G-mee smartphone satisfies tech wish lists of teens and parents 2021-01-12T00:09:58Z back-to-school-g-mee-smartphone-satisfies-tech-wish-lists-of-teens-and-parents Images available here. Music, Google Apps, audiobooks, calls and text are among the features that top the wish lists of young smartphone users. For parents, reducing exposure to online risks is paramount when considering a first smartphone purchase for their child. The ideal mobile for first time users, the G-mee Connect smartphone facilitates on-the-go entertainment and social connections but has no camera and integrates in-built parental controls to quickly adjust device functionality to create a safe online experience for young users. Created by Aussie father and tech expert, Charlie Brown, the G-mee Connect smartphone is designed to help kids develop their online readiness to become technologically informed and confident users into the future. In 2020, just under half (46%) of Australian children aged 6 to 13 used a mobile phone, up from 41% in 2015(1). In the 14-17 age bracket, 9 in 10 Australian teens have a mobile phone(2). Interestingly, nearly 6 in 10 young people (8-17 years) who reported a negative experience online, identified emotional and/or psychological impacts as a result(3). A majority (94%) of parents identify their child's online safety as a priority, however parents lack confidence in dealing with certain negative online experiences their child may face, such as cyberbullying and online threats(4). To support a positive online experience for young users, the G-mee Connect smartphone comes with an in-built App Lock to ensure users only access and engage with age appropriate content. The smartphone also enables download of a free Call Manager App, giving parents the ability to disallow calls from specific numbers and phone use at specific times of the day. “The G-mee Connect smartphone is all about giving everyday Australian families an affordable first phone option that prioritises online safety for young users. G-mee smart devices give parents the ability to curate the content their child engages with, to help guide and educate them about safely using smart technology to become informed users into the future,” said G-mee creator, Charlie Brown.The G-mee Connect has a RRP of $149.95 and is available for purchase via www.g-mee.com and at participating Australia Post outlets nationally. G-mee Connect smartphone - Key Features:No digital camera – reduces the temptation to overshare online.Access to apps via Google Play Store. Comes with pre-loaded Google Apps.G-mee App Lock: ability to lock apps with pin code.4G cellular connectivity to facilitate phone calls, SMS and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime.Facilitates mobile network calls and SMS and blocking of unwanted calls and SMS.Free Call Manager App - parents can allow and disallow calls from specific numbers and specific times of the day.In-built G-mee App Lock so that parents can restrict and free up device functionality to suit the digital readiness of the user.Android 9.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi.8GB in-built memory storage.Micro SD: to to 32GB.5-inch plastic touch screen.3.5mm headphone jack and in-built speaker. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS G-mee product and lifestyle imagery available here. Sources:ACMA – Kids and mobiles: How Australian children are using mobile phonesRoy Morgan Single Source Australia, July 2015 – June 2016Office of the eSafety Commissioner – State of Play – Youth, kids and digital dangerseSafety Research Parenting Digital Age Editor’s Note: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request. For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au About G-meeThe range of G-mee smart devices is the brainchild of respected technology expert, Charlie Brown of CBN Media. Charlie created the G-mee range after he and his wife realised that there wasn’t a device on the market that they could give their two young daughters and be assured that the content they were consuming was safe. G-mee smart devices give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. There are two devices in the G-mee range including the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone. About CBN MediaCBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology. OPEN SESAME! SESAME STREET’S CIRCUS SPECTACULAR TOUR RETURNS TO VICTORIA AND SOUTH AUSTRALIA! 2020-12-20T00:53:00Z open-sesame-sesame-street-s-circus-spectacular-tour-returns-to-victoria-and-south-australia The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular is back!  With new COVID-19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will return to thrill audiences in 2021! The tour will kick off in Mornington, Victoria from 6th January, before heading to South Australia from April!   This 90-minute spectacular features all your favourite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie, Super Grover and Big Bird, along with incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Morocco and more!   In a spectacular circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their place in the circus - from clowns to daredevils to picking the circus’ new Ring Master!   Almost every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.   “We’re absolutely delighted to be bringing this incredible show back to Australian families in 2021, and can’t wait for the beloved Sesame Street characters to bring some much-needed smiles to little ones faces,” says Keith Brown, Managing Director of Showtime Attractions.   The shows dates are:   Mornington, Victoria: Wednesday 6th January 2021 – Sunday 24th January 2021 Waurn Ponds, Victoria: Thursday 28th January 2021 – Sunday 14th February 2021 Adelaide, South Australia: Thursday 1st April – Sunday 2nd May 2021 Elizabeth, South Australia: Thursday 6th May – Sunday 23rd May 2021   All current & future tour dates can be found at: https://www.sesamestreetcircus.com.au/dates    Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster at:  https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678   Press enquiries:Tamara Jenkins, Sesame Street PREsencia Communications Ph: 0400 525 996 / E: tamara@esenciacommunications.com.au Nothing dovetails personal and professional experience about birth trauma together in a way that’s hopeful, holistic and even humorous quite like Author, Dr Erin Bowe’s new book, More Than a Healthy Baby does. 2020-12-08T00:22:08Z nothing-dovetails-personal-and-professional-experience-about-birth-trauma-together-in-a-way-that-s-hopeful-holistic-and-even-humorous-quite-like-author-dr-erin-bowe-s-new-book-more-than-a-healthy-baby-does The Kind Press is proud to announce the release of More Than a Healthy Baby: Finding Strength and Growth After Birth Trauma by Dr Erin Bowe. Not only will the reader feel validated and supported but encouraged in this heartfelt call to action written by clinical and perinatal psychologist, Dr Erin Bowe, who seamlessly delivers her passion and advocacy for post traumatic growth through these pages. Often, how you felt during a birth can be so easily dismissed and the birthing parents gaslighted. A healthy baby is all that matters, right? Not so. There’s room for serious reconsideration to what health means, particularly when it comes to birth trauma. Experiencing and recovering from birth trauma is hard but it doesn’t have to be all darkness and shadow, as this book shows. A delightfully unexpected book, you’ll come away feeling lighter having being offered wisdom, coupled with a stack of practical coping strategies. This book will show you the way to really discover self-compassion and the confidence to celebrate your growth. Where you will feel acknowledged and understood and your trauma can be accounted for. Plus, it offers tips for breastfeeding trauma, sourcing holistic support, vicarious trauma in partners as well as strategies to help with overwhelm and difficult emotions and thoughts.  It’s also the inspiration for parents to become the guardians of change for the next generation. “So much love drips from these pages. It's hard to imagine that a book about trauma could contain so much compassion, coupled with holistic strategies. Dr Erin Bowe takes apart the oft repeated phrase, "All that matters is a healthy baby". She turns around the language that would blame the birthing parent for the trauma they suffer, and gently guides them to a place of peace and/or restoration. She gives no arbitrary timelines for when healing may come. This is a beautiful book, dealing with an 'ugly' subject, written by a woman who cares deeply for those who suffer trauma in the perinatal period.” — Mars Lord “Here is an important voice in the scope of birth trauma. Dr Erin Bowe is speaking to all mothers. An inspiring tool for mamas to help reclaim power that was unfairly taken from them in the birth space and beyond. The teachings in this book are revolutionary.” — Amberley Harris   -ENDS-   More Than a Healthy Baby by Dr Erin Bowe ISBN: 9780648870678 ISBN-10: 0648870677 Language: English Number Of Pages: 272 Published: 8th December 2020 Publisher: the kind press Country of Publication: AU To request a copy of the book or to arrange a giveaway, please get in touch. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr Erin Bowe is a clinical and perinatal psychologist and coach in Victoria, Australia. Erin had two traumatic births which led her to follow her purpose and passion of encouraging people to find strength and growth after trauma. She is fervent about empowering women and their families through pregnancy and parenthood through birth debriefing, perinatal counselling, birth trauma training and clinical supervision and a former provider of Australia's leading childbirth education course with Hypnobirthing Australia. New 3-in-1 non-contact thermometer with guidance light 2020-11-24T12:06:27Z new-3-in-1-non-contact-thermometer-with-guidance-light The MedSense TFE02 infrared thermometer is a clinically proven device that provides fast results of three temperature tests: forehead, ear and objects, such as milk bottles, bath water and even air.It’s the ideal non-invasive thermometer for families and especially those with newborns, babies and young children with the results delivered in one second. Available from Andatech, the MedSense TFE02 stores nine test results and has a handy LED positioning light to help ensure the user aims in the middle of the forehead for an accurate measurement.The precision instrument is also suitable for health professionals as it is a Class IIa Medical Device and is entered in the ARTG (TGA ARTG No 333214) and also has CE registration. Because it is so fast and easy to use, it is especially useful when testing multiple people.When used as an ear thermometer, the user simply removes the probe cover and presses the button to change modes.While an audio alert provides additional confirmation of the readings, this can be disabled for silent temperature screening, which is perfect to avoid waking a sleeping child.The MedSense TFE02 provides clear readings, both day and night, thanks to its clear colour-coded backlit display screen and large text and icons. It can show at a glance if the body temperature is normal (green), needs attention (orange) or if the person has a fever (red).Parents will appreciate the ability to measure the temperature of objects, liquids and ambient air. The thermometer can be used on feeding bottles, baby food, bath water and even the temperature of a child’s nursery to make sure it’s always optimal for the baby’s comfort.It operates with two 1.5V AAA batteries (provided) and to conserve battery life, it automatically switches off after 30 seconds of inactivity. The MedSense TFE02 comes with a two-year warranty and has an RRP of $139. It is available from www.andatechdistribution.com.auendsAbout Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that specialises in personal safety, medicaldevices and health & wellness products. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/Media enquiries:Issued on behalf of Andatech by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Email: wendy@wmcpr.com.auSelection of high res photos available: What would happen if Apple had a baby? Meet Pronto. 2020-10-19T04:07:56Z what-would-happen-if-apple-had-a-baby-meet-pronto Sophisticated, sleek, sexy… Not words you’d associate with a baby bottle. This Australian tech company is challenging the norm though with the world's first self sterilising baby bottle and turning heads at the same time. Pronto was developed after three years of research and development, into current products on the market and how parents are forced to use these outdated and ugly methods, and is about to disrupt the market with this high tech baby bottle solution. The company behind Pronto, which was founded by Shannon Gilleland, is revolutionising the baby bottle market by focusing on the latest generation of parents who are tech savvy and convenience driven. Shannon says “Pronto Bottle is liberating parents globally from the hassle, inconvenience, uncertainty and general sense of compromise associated with bottle feeding rituals today.” This innovative baby bottle uses UVC tech neatly concealed in the bottle, to sterilise the bottle and the water at the same time, completely removing the need to sterilise and pre-prepare multiple bottles, and allowing parents to do so while they’re out and about. This frees parents to focus their energies elsewhere, giving back valuable time to their busy schedule and allowing them to do so with style. Sick of the boring, outdated products on the market that were visually and physically designed for babies but didn’t take into account the modern day parents' needs or aesthetics, Pronto’s founder set about solving the problem. “I hated that my sense of taste and style was dumbed down when it came time to choose a baby bottle for my child.” Shannon said. “In a day and age when mobile phones are statement pieces and provide convenience at the same time as functionality, why haven’t parenting products being designed with the same considerations?” Shannons right. After all, convenience culture has given rise to an expectation of immediacy in which a fifteen minute wait for a cab is no longer acceptable but spending hours binge watching your favourite series on Netflix is. The latest generation of parents are defining new rituals where there is a fluid relationship with technology that removes barriers to every day requirements and the same should be said for feeding a baby.  Especially now when parents are juggling working and schooling their kids from home. They certainly don’t have the time to waste on the bottle washing and sanitising process! Plus who wants to see the pile of bottles and sterilising equipment cluttering your benchtop in the background of a zoom meeting? Which is why Pronto is revolutionising the parenting / baby tech industry and working on a way to remove all of the unnecessary parts of bottle feeding and giving freedom back to parents globally. After interviewing other fathers and mothers on how they were travelling with their kids, Shannon found that there weren’t any simple, convenient, or sleek, options on the market. Everything that existed relied on big, bulky, ugly sterilisation systems that parents were forced to use at home and gordy outdated bottles that looked like the ones our grandparents had used and you’d rather leave hidden in your bag. Thinking beyond the impressive Apple style aesthetics, that could slip just as easily into your back pocket unnoticed, this bottle packs a punch of features. USB-C Rechargeable. Can be carried empty. Only 1 bottle to deal with. The only baby bottle that can be sterilised on a plane… seems like a mute point at the moment considering we can’t travel, but parents desire to keep their babies safe while out and about, whether COVID is still here or not, won’t change.  That's why Pronto’s self-sterilisation feature is such a winner. Whether you’re home or out, the bottle sterilises itself and the water that's added to it (if you’re formula feeding) directly before a baby feeds from it, making it a safer bottle feeding option no matter where you are. To find out more about the genius of how Pronto was developed and how it works, as well as the values behind the company, head to the company's equity crowdfunding campaign on Birchal. Don’t miss out on a unique opportunity to be a part of disrupting the way we parent forever. www.birchal.com/company/prontobottle Pronto video here - https://youtu.be/MjjLXrKiUU