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Sexting common among teens – ‘Parents have to play their part in the responsible use of phones’

PARENTS must take responsibility for young people using their smartphones, including cracking down on rampant teen sexting, a Catholic education leader says. “Phones are here to stay so how do we use them properly?”  Catholic School Parents Queensland executive director Carmel Nash said. “Parents have to play their part in the responsible use of phones. “Schools can’t be responsible for everything.” ... Read More »

Brisbane parish group empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic region of East Timor

BRISBANE parishioners have celebrated a mission accomplished after 18 years supporting projects in East Timor that have empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic community and yielded lifelong friendships. In 2000, parishioners of St John’s Wood/The Gap first heard about the plight of impoverished villagers in the mountainous region of Atabae, home to about 10,000 people in the west of East Timor. ... Read More »

‘Devastating’ fires hit region, Rockhampton bishop praises the spirit and generosity of volunteers

THE courage of firefighters battling to save lives and property has been recounted by a priest as Queensland turns to recovery after a fortnight of scorching conditions classified as “catastrophic” for the first time. “This was like hand-to-hand combat,” Finch Hatton parish priest Fr Don White said, describing how volunteer firefighters fought intense flames to defend their town of 260 ... Read More »

St James College asylum-seeker student’s dreams of studying to become a doctor revived

OUTSTANDING refugee student Soumi Gopalakrishnan faces deportation together with her Tamil family but, for now, she is celebrating the prospect of fulfilling her dream of studying to become a doctor. The 19-year-old was school captain and dux at Brisbane’s inner-city St James College this year, but her refugee status means she is not eligible for a domestic government-supported HECS position at ... Read More »

Parents ‘get off your smartphones’ is the message from children craving face-to-face connections

A COMPREHENSIVE new report entitled Growing Up in Queensland finds that busy parents stuck on their smartphones are ignoring young people’s problems including school stress and bullying. The report released by the Queensland Family and Child Commission shows that children crave face-to-face connections. “They want adults to pay attention, have respectful conversations, and listen to what they have to say ... Read More »

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