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Jane Shearer

Jane Shearer is a freelance writer. While volunteering with a charity at college, she fell in love with the power of art to help all kinds of people. For most of the last decade, she's worked as a counsellor using art for this very purpose though since becoming a mom for the second time, Jane has taken a step back to share her philosophy through writing instead.

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How to  Teach Children About Entrepreneurship

Posted by Jane Shearer on September 28, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Today’s entrepreneurs are starting businesses at a young age, and some have managed to establish their own companies while they’re still in primary school.

There’s Maya Penn, who successfully launched a sustainable jewellery business called Maya’s Ideas when she was just eight years old.

Then there’s seven-year-old Ryan, who reportedly made $31 million online due to the success of his YouTube channel RyanToys Review. These kids prove that age doesn’t equal success as they were able to turn their ideas into thriving businesses.

If your child is thinking about launching their own business venture, you’ll need to teach them how to properly plan and manage it so their efforts will be rewarded in the future.

Moreover, they’ll need to develop certain skills in order to make it in the competitive business world. Here’s a guide to teach children about entrepreneurship.

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Topics: Careers

Why Your Child Really Needs to Learn About Cybersecurity

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 24, 2020 at 1:51 PM

Since most learning is now moving into the digital age, teaching your kids about cybersecurity is a must. Here are some very real reasons why!

Identity Theft

Over 1 million children had their identities stolen, and that number is growing exponentially, according to a Javelin Strategy & Research survey. Children are often specifically targeted by hackers and identity thieves, since kids tend to have clear credit records compared to adults.

Once criminals obtain enough information to open up a bank account in your child’s name, they go on to rack up mountains of debt. To prevent this from happening to your child, it’s critical that they are taught basic cybersecurity protocols that prevent identity theft by not talking to strangers online or giving out sensitive personal information via email or text.

Malware and Viruses

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, Bullying

Valuable Lessons Your Child Can Learn From Playing Video Games

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 11, 2020 at 1:22 PM

Australians are enamoured with video games and a recent survey has shown that more than two thirds of the population are avid gamers. While some people believe that gaming is just a shallow way to pass the time, 60 percent of those who were polled say that playing video games can be beneficial for students.

And over 50 percent said that their children use games for school purposes. Apart from being an interactive and fun way to learn, video games can also have surprising benefits for kids as they can pick up positive values and develop new skills from gaming.

Here are the valuable lessons your child can learn from playing video games.

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Topics: Attention, Following Instructions, Social & Emotional Learning

Tips for Teaching Older Children about Finances and Taxes

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 3, 2020 at 10:01 AM

A lack of financial literacy can have major consequences that last a lifetime, yet around 50% of Australians struggle with financial literacy as reported in a Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. The problem is more pronounced in women than in men.

In the survey, 50% of men obtained a 5/5 score when asked five basic financial questions, while only 35% of women achieve this score. Financial literacy is not something that should be left until after school or university, since many Australians will have to make decisions on aspects such as student loans when they are young.

How can you help your child build a good financial base so they can be aware of the consequences of issues like the type of loans they take or the importance of paying taxes when they are due?

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Topics: Literacy & Numeracy

Help Your Kids Learn Key Life Skills Through Games And Role Play

Posted by Jane Shearer on July 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM

With millions of Australian kids back in school, learning has been kicked into high gear as the country’s children try to make up for any lost time in the classroom. While experts have reiterated the importance of classroom learning in a child’s education, there is also plenty of learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting.

For years, studies have shown the benefits of play to a child’s development and provide a great platform for encouraging learning and bonding at home. From developing their financial skills at home to encouraging the growth of their social skills, here is how parents can use role play and games to teach their child key life skills and support their classroom learning.

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Topics: Attention, Following Instructions, Social Skills, Learning, Listening Skills, Social & Emotional Learning, Literacy & Numeracy

Financial Education At Home: Teaching Your Children Ethical Money Habits

Posted by Jane Shearer on May 11, 2020 at 10:52 AM

In a world where financial literacy is trending, Australia is leading the list of countries that need to ramp up financial education and encourage family involvement in the learning process. The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey revealed that almost 50 percent of Australian households struggle with poor financial literacy.

Those with low financial literacy were shown to have worse financial health, were more likely to experience financial stress, and had a lower likelihood of saving. Yet, financial education involves much more than how to spend their money. Ethical finance centres on not just how to spend your money, but knowing whether your financial decisions are responsible ones.

The best way to combat this is to provide ample opportunities for your child to learn about ethical financial decision as soon as possible so that it becomes the new norm.

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Tips to Help Your Family Learn More About The Environment During COVID

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 27, 2020 at 9:32 AM

Australians are world leaders when it comes to spending time with children, reports The Australian Research Alliance for Children.

Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, parents were averaging around four hours a day with their little ones. Owing to the current pandemic, many parents who are now working from home are finding that time saved on commuting to work, meetings and office talk has allowed them to explore fascinating topics with their kids - including environmental sustainability.

What environmental issues can you learn more about as a family, and how can you make it as fun and engrossing as possible?

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Topics: Learning

Helping Your Kids Make Education Choices to Maximise Career Chances

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 14, 2020 at 10:14 AM

When it comes to success markers, 91 per cent of millennials say career progression is their number one priority, according to a recent survey by recruitment specialist, Robert Walters. Workers are no longer looking for jobs, but are seeking careers and professional development instead.

Approximately 58 per cent of them would change jobs if it meant more learning and career development opportunities. As those seeking learning opportunities increase, parents need to adapt their children’s learning techniques as they prepare them to enter the world of work.

Helping children prepare for their careers no longer just refers to helping them succeed in their science lessons or maths homework. Rather, it now includes helping your child maximise their chances in their chosen career from the very start.

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Topics: Careers

How Recording Yourself Improves Your Thinking & Learning

Posted by Jane Shearer on March 29, 2020 at 12:45 PM

As the brain acquires new knowledge, the connections between the neurons become stronger, creating a more robust network and allowing the neurons to communicate more quickly. This is learning, and the more we rehearse a skill or piece of information, the quicker we are able to retrieve it and the easier it becomes.

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Topics: Memory, Learning

How to Capitalize on Your Introverted Personality in Education

Posted by Jane Shearer on March 7, 2020 at 4:27 PM

The Myers-Briggs personality test is the most dominant in the world, with over 50 million people across the globe taking it since it was created in the 1940s. It outlines 16 personality types, all with certain dominant psychological functions.

Below are the eight personality types that revolve around being introverted when it comes to learning. Introverts can feel at a disadvantage, particularly in schools where group discussions and activities are promoted.

Identifying as an introverted personality type helps you to work to your advantages, particularly when choosing your learning style.

If you are an introvert, it’s important to recognize what style of learning works best for you,as this can be key to achieving success — whether in the form of academic grades or meeting personal goals.

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