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Do you want to learn how to build resilience, boost your cognitive performance, and achieve mental agility? Then it's time to discover the exciting world of brain health and fitness with Thriving Minds. Hosted by renowned neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett, Thriving Minds is a podcast dedicated to exploring the latest advances in brain science education. With decades of experience studying addiction, stress, and mental health, Professor Bartlett is a true expert in her field. And she's on a mission to empower people to take control of their mental and physical well-being. So what makes Thriving Minds so unique? It's not just about theory – it's about practical tips and simple tools that you can use to improve your brain health and fitness right now.  From understanding how stress wires the brain, the power of cold exposure, nutrition and exercise and connection. Thriving Minds is also a deep dive into cutting-edge brain science and digital technology. From neuroplasticity to brain imaging, Professor Bartlett and her team are at the forefront of this rapidly evolving field. They're exploring the latest research and innovations and sharing their insights with listeners around the world.And the best part? Let's make brain health everyone's business. They're inspiring people to take action and create a culture of mental fitness, where people prioritise their brain health as much as their physical health.  Tune in to the podcast and discover the secrets of brain health and fitness. Whether you're looking to boost your cognitive performance, reduce stress, or improve your overall well-being, Selena and her team are here to help you thrive. The opinions expressed in the podcast are Selena Bartlett's personal opinion and her guests. They are for general informational purposes only and do not constitute the practice of medicine, nursing, psychology or other professional health care services, including the giving of medical advice, and no doctor/patient relationship is formed. The opinions in the podcast do not reflect the opinion of Queensland University of Technology.

THRIVING MINDS PODCAST Professor Selena Bartlett, Neuroscientist, Brain Health is Everyone's Business

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Do you want to learn how to build resilience, boost your cognitive performance, and achieve mental agility? Then it's time to discover the exciting world of brain health and fitness with Thriving Minds. Hosted by renowned neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett, Thriving Minds is a podcast dedicated to exploring the latest advances in brain science education. With decades of experience studying addiction, stress, and mental health, Professor Bartlett is a true expert in her field. And she's on a mission to empower people to take control of their mental and physical well-being. So what makes Thriving Minds so unique? It's not just about theory – it's about practical tips and simple tools that you can use to improve your brain health and fitness right now.  From understanding how stress wires the brain, the power of cold exposure, nutrition and exercise and connection. Thriving Minds is also a deep dive into cutting-edge brain science and digital technology. From neuroplasticity to brain imaging, Professor Bartlett and her team are at the forefront of this rapidly evolving field. They're exploring the latest research and innovations and sharing their insights with listeners around the world.And the best part? Let's make brain health everyone's business. They're inspiring people to take action and create a culture of mental fitness, where people prioritise their brain health as much as their physical health.  Tune in to the podcast and discover the secrets of brain health and fitness. Whether you're looking to boost your cognitive performance, reduce stress, or improve your overall well-being, Selena and her team are here to help you thrive. The opinions expressed in the podcast are Selena Bartlett's personal opinion and her guests. They are for general informational purposes only and do not constitute the practice of medicine, nursing, psychology or other professional health care services, including the giving of medical advice, and no doctor/patient relationship is formed. The opinions in the podcast do not reflect the opinion of Queensland University of Technology.

    Episode #167. UBUNTU: I see you, I celebrate you, You matter. I am because we are. Kellie Hackney, The Canopy, Author, Woman Changing the World

    Episode #167. UBUNTU: I see you, I celebrate you, You matter. I am because we are. Kellie Hackney, The Canopy, Author, Woman Changing the World

    At the heart of Ubuntu lies a deeply moving philosophy from Africa, one that weaves the very fabric of our shared humanity into a single, vibrant tapestry. This philosophy teaches us a simple, yet profound truth: "I am because we are." 

    It's a reminder that none of us exists in isolation. Our lives, our successes, and our challenges are deeply interconnected with those of others around us. Ubuntu invites us to look beyond our individual selves and recognize that our collective well-being is fundamentally linked to the happiness and health of our community.
    KELLIE HACKNEY, Author, Chapter called INTERWOVEN Shared Stories, Shared Humanity 
    FAMILY SERVICES LEADER, The Canopy. The Canopy is a non-profit organisation that provides multiple services for families, children and the community, including managing a number of community centres and halls. The Canopy operates its administration from Cameron Park Community Centre but services extend throughout the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle regions.
    https://thecanopy.org.au/
    Kellie Hackney's life is a profound narrative of resilience and hope. She writes “As I close my eyes and think of ubuntu—I am because of who we are—I envisage a beautiful woven tapestry. A work in progress, a reflection of our journeys and a witness to the journeys we share together”
    Overcoming early adversity, including addiction and mental health struggles, she transformed her pain through connection, belonging, and a relentless pursuit of knowledge and light. Her recovery, supported by loved ones and professionals, exemplifies the power of healing and the beauty of rewriting one's story amidst life's challenges. 
    This principle doesn't just highlight our interconnectedness; it also underscores the immense power of belief in change and the magic of new beginnings. Ubuntu suggests that when we acknowledge our shared humanity and act with compassion and empathy towards others, we unlock the potential for profound transformation—not just within ourselves, but within our communities and the world at large.
    Embracing Ubuntu means embracing the belief that change is possible and that a different, more hopeful outcome awaits us all. It teaches us that through unity, support, and mutual understanding, we can overcome obstacles and move beyond our current limitations. This belief in the power of collective action and shared purpose is what fuels new beginnings and drives us towards a brighter, more inclusive future.
    In essence, Ubuntu is a call to action—a call to stand together, to believe in our collective power to effect change, and to embark on the journey of new beginnings with open hearts and minds. It's a reminder that in the grand tapestry of life, each thread is vital, each contribution matters, and together, we can weave a story of hope, resilience, and enduring humanity.
    "Sacred Promise: An Anthology," curated by Dr. Tererai Trent and endorsed by Elizabeth Gilbert unites diverse voices sharing personal stories and commitments to themselves, exploring life's essence, challenges, and the pursuit of purpose. This anthology, praised for empowering women to aim higher, is an invitation to reflect on the promises we make to ourselves, urging readers towards self-discovery, empowerment, and collective change.
     https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Promise-Dr-Tererai-Trent-ebook/dp/B0B54ZSJRF
    https://thecanopy.org.au/
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    • 46 min
    Episode #166 HeadsUp: why parents are delaying smartphones and social media to secure younger children the gift of a full childhood. Dany Elachi, Co- Founder, HEADSUP ALLIANCE and Parent

    Episode #166 HeadsUp: why parents are delaying smartphones and social media to secure younger children the gift of a full childhood. Dany Elachi, Co- Founder, HEADSUP ALLIANCE and Parent

    "When I ask 16-21 year olds what they wish their parents had known about social media, they say, number one, don’t give us phones and social media too young." 
    - Children's Commissioner for England, Rachel De Souza 
    As the first smartphone generation hits adulthood, they are reflecting on their lost wonder years, a precious period of their lives they can never get back. Too many of them regret a childhood wasted on screens and they wish their parents had set firmer boundaries. 
    Let's not repeat the mistake with the next generation. 
    Delay smartphones, delay social media, join the Heads Up Alliance family and secure for your younger children the gift of a full childhood. 
    eSafety Commissioner 
    Children's Commissioner for England 
     We dive into the heart of the HeadsUp Alliance, co-founded by Dany Elachi a burgeoning movement among Australian families committed to rethinking the role of technology in their children's lives. With the digital age advancing rapidly, these families have chosen a path less traveled, delaying the introduction of social media and smartphones to their children's daily routines. 
     Join us as we explore the philosophy and motivations behind the HeadsUp Alliance. 
    Whether you're a parent, educator, or simply interested in the intersection of technology and child development, this episode offers valuable insights into a community that's choosing to press pause on the digital rush, prioritizing real-world experiences and connections for the next generation. 
    Tune in to learn how the HeadsUp Alliance is making waves in Australia and potentially setting a new standard for children's digital consumption worldwide. 
     https://www.facebook.com/TheHeadsUpAlliance/
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    • 47 min
    Episode #165 Fortress Online: Building Safety with Web 3.0 and Blockchain, Suzanne Thompson, Geode Community Experience Officer, and parent

    Episode #165 Fortress Online: Building Safety with Web 3.0 and Blockchain, Suzanne Thompson, Geode Community Experience Officer, and parent

     We delve into the revolutionary world of Web 3.0 and blockchain technology, and their pivotal roles in enhancing online safety and security. As digital landscapes evolve, the quest for robust online safety mechanisms has never been more critical. "Fortress Online: Building Safety with Web 3.0 and Blockchain" offers listeners a deep dive into how these technologies are forging a safer online world for users and businesses alike.
    Join us as we unravel the complexities of Web 3.0 and blockchain, shedding light on their foundational principles and how they're being leveraged to create impenetrable online environments. We'll explore the cutting-edge advancements in decentralized systems, smart contracts, and encrypted transactions that promise to redefine online security norms.
    Our expert guests include pioneering developers in the blockchain sphere, cybersecurity mavens, and advocates of Web 3.0, who will share their insights on the transformative potential of these technologies. They'll discuss real-world applications, from securing personal data and financial transactions to combating cyber threats and ensuring user privacy in an increasingly interconnected world.
    Listeners will be treated to a fascinating segment on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the integration of Web 3.0 and blockchain into mainstream online safety strategies. How can these technologies be made accessible and user-friendly for all? What role do they play in the global fight against cybercrime and data breaches? And what future developments can we anticipate in the ongoing battle to secure the digital frontier?

    Learn more about Suzanne Thompson https://www.soularchaeology.org/
    Since 2017, she spearheaded initiatives aimed at diminishing violence and easing frustration by equipping young individuals with the necessary skills to navigate the increasing complexities of their environments. She is committed ourselves to fostering a culture of kindness, self-improvement, and universal benevolence, striving to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.
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    • 23 min
    Episode #164 Social media and excess screen time leads to mental illness in children and impacts adult brain health. Dr Mark Williams, Global expert, Cognitive Neuroscientist, Author Connected Species

    Episode #164 Social media and excess screen time leads to mental illness in children and impacts adult brain health. Dr Mark Williams, Global expert, Cognitive Neuroscientist, Author Connected Species

    The Hidden Costs of Social Media and Screen Time: Unraveling the Dark Side of Social Media on Children's Mental Health
    In an age where digital devices are the norm rather than the exception, the impact of social media and screen time on our children's mental health is becoming increasingly alarming. Far from being benign digital playgrounds, these platforms are contributing to a rise in ADHD, addiction, depression, and anxiety among the younger population. The evidence is mounting, and the message is clear: the unchecked use of social media and screens is taking a toll on the mental well-being of our children.

    The Link Between Social Media and ADHD
    Recent studies have drawn a direct line connecting the overuse of social media to an increase in ADHD symptoms among children and teenagers. The constant barrage of notifications and the rapid-fire switching between apps are rewiring young brains, fostering a need for instant gratification and reducing the capacity for sustained attention. This digital-induced ADHD is not just a temporary setback but a profound change in cognitive function that can affect children's academic performance and social interactions.

    Addiction: The Digital Drug
    Social media platforms, with their algorithms designed to keep users scrolling, have become the new face of addiction. Children, with their still-developing impulse control, are particularly vulnerable. This digital dependency is not just about the time spent online but also about the compulsive need to be connected, often at the expense of real-life interactions and activities. The dopamine rush provided by likes, comments, and shares is akin to a drug, with withdrawal symptoms manifesting as anxiety and depression when access is denied.

    A Gateway to Depression and Anxiety
    The correlation between social media use and the rising rates of depression and anxiety in children is undeniable. The curated lives displayed on these platforms are setting unrealistic expectations, leading to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem among the young users. The fear of missing out (FOMO) exacerbates this, creating a cycle of comparison and despair. Moreover, cyberbullying, a dark underbelly of social media, exposes children to harassment and abuse, further increasing the risk of mental health issues.

    Navigating a Path Forward
    The evidence is unequivocal, and the consequences are too significant to ignore. As parents, educators, and policymakers, we must take decisive action to mitigate the negative impacts of social media and screen time on children's mental health. This includes setting strict boundaries on screen use, promoting digital literacy, and encouraging healthy, real-world activities and interactions.
    It's also crucial to foster an environment where children feel comfortable discussing their online experiences and the emotions they elicit. Open conversations about the realities of social media, coupled with education on coping strategies for anxiety and depression, can empower children to navigate the digital world more safely.

    Conclusion
    The digital age has brought unprecedented access to information and connectivity, but it comes with a cost to our children's mental health. The links between social media use and increases in ADHD, addiction, depression, and anxiety are clear and concerning. As we move forward, it's imperative that we balance the benefits of digital innovation with the need to protect our most vulnerable from its potential harms. Only then can we ensure that our children grow into healthy, happy, and resilient adults.
    Research Papers supporting these statements can be found on my website
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    • 53 min
    Episode #163. Navigating the Maze of Toxic and Abusive Relationships (TAR) with Beth Tyson, Expert in Trauma, Author, TAR Network consultant

    Episode #163. Navigating the Maze of Toxic and Abusive Relationships (TAR) with Beth Tyson, Expert in Trauma, Author, TAR Network consultant

    Today's episode, 'Navigating the Maze of Toxic Relationships,' is a crucial one, as we explore the shadows that toxic relationships cast on our lives and the pathways to sunlight. We're honoured to have with us Beth Tyson, a renowned expert in trauma, celebrated author, and consultant for the TAR network, to guide us through this labyrinth. 
     It's vital we discuss these issues openly, and I'm here to share insights and strategies to help listeners find healthier paths."
    Understanding Toxic Relationships
    "Let's start at the beginning. How would you define a toxic relationship?"
     "A toxic relationship is one where the negative behaviours and patterns consistently outweigh the positives, leading to emotional harm and erosion of self-esteem. It's marked by a lack of support, understanding, and respect, where one or both parties feel drained, criticised, and undervalued."
    Signs and Symptoms
    "What are some red flags or symptoms that might indicate someone is in a toxic relationship?"
     "Key signs include constant criticism, control issues, lack of boundaries, emotional manipulation, and feeling isolated from loved ones. It's when the thought of interaction brings more dread than joy, and you find your mental health deteriorating."
    Impact on Mental Health
    "Can you talk about the impact these relationships have on mental health?"
    The impact can be profound, leading to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and even trauma. It's a cycle that can keep individuals trapped in a state of chronic stress and fear, hindering their ability to see a way out."
    Strategies for Healing and Moving Forward
    "What are some strategies for those looking to heal from or navigate out of a toxic relationship?"
    Beth Tyson: "Healing begins with recognition and acceptance of the situation. From there, setting boundaries or seeking separation might be necessary steps. Engaging in therapy, building a support network, and focusing on self-care are crucial for emotional recovery. It's also about relearning one's worth and rebuilding the life they deserve."
    Creating Healthy Relationships
    "How can listeners foster healthier relationships moving forward?"
    Beth Tyson: "Start with self-reflection. Understanding your own needs, values, and boundaries is key. Communicate openly and honestly, practice empathy, and choose partners who respect and support your growth. It's about mutual respect and understanding."
    Closing Thoughts
    Beth Tyson: "Remember, you're not alone, and help is available. It takes courage to confront these issues, but the path to healing and healthier relationships is worth every step. Believe in your worth and your right to a fulfilling, respectful relationship."
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-save-the-kids-podcast/id1513817377

    Connect with Beth Tyson.
    https://bethtyson.com/
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    • 26 min
    Episode #162. How to Destress Your Children for Success using a TECHFAST and Interview about my new book BEING SEEN with Isabella Ferguson

    Episode #162. How to Destress Your Children for Success using a TECHFAST and Interview about my new book BEING SEEN with Isabella Ferguson

    How do we help our children's mental well-being for optimal success. Our special guest, Isabella Ferguson, mother of 2 boys and a stepmother.
     Parents should not have to go to therapy because they cannot manage their children’s social media and phone.
    LEARN MORE HERE:
    https://www.amazon.com.au/Being-Seen-Parenting-Digital-Mastering/dp/0999099736

    LISTEN TO BEING SEEN PODCAST HERE:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-3-techfast-for-parents-and-why-policing/id1728554657?i=1000645150743
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    🚨 Wake Up Call: Your Child's Online Safety in 2024 🚨
    Parents, it's time for a reality check. In today's digital age, the safety of our children online is more precarious than ever before. As we navigate through the complexities of the online world in 2024, it's imperative that we open our eyes to the harsh realities our children face every time they log on.
    💻 Cyberbullying: Gone are the days when bullying was confined to the schoolyard. Cyberbullying has become rampant, with malicious individuals hiding behind screens to torment and intimidate our children. From hurtful comments to degrading messages, our kids are subjected to a relentless onslaught of online abuse that can have devastating effects on their mental health.
    🔒 Privacy Concerns: With every click, our children's privacy hangs in the balance. Social media platforms, gaming communities, and online forums are rife with data-hungry entities eager to harvest personal information for profit. Our kids' digital footprints are being tracked and monetized without their consent, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and identity theft.
    🕵️‍♂️ Online Predators: The internet is a breeding ground for predators seeking to prey on unsuspecting children. These individuals lurk in the shadows of chat rooms, gaming platforms, and social media sites, posing as friendly strangers while grooming our children for sinister purposes. The anonymity of the online world makes it all too easy for predators to infiltrate our homes and target our most precious assets.
    🛑 Explicit Content: Despite our best efforts to shield our children from inappropriate content, the harsh reality is that the internet is awash with explicit material. From graphic images to explicit videos, our kids are just a few clicks away from exposure to content that can scar them for life. The consequences of such exposure can be profound, leading to trauma, desensitization, and a warped sense of reality.
    It's time for us, as parents, to wake up and take action. We cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the dangers lurking in the digital shadows. We must equip ourselves with the knowledge and tools necessary to safeguard our children's online experiences.
    🛡️ Empowerment Through Education: Educate yourself about the latest online threats and trends. Stay informed about the apps and platforms your children use and familiarize yourself with their privacy settings and safety features.
    👥 Open Dialogue: Foster open, honest communication with your children about their online activities. Create a safe space where they feel comfortable sharing their experiences and concerns without fear of judgment or retribution.
    🔐 Parental Controls: Utilize parental control software and tools to monitor and manage your child's online behavior. Set boundaries and enforce rules regarding screen time, app usage, and online interactions.
    🚨 Report Suspicious Activity: Be vigilant and proactive in reporting any suspicious or
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    • 26 min

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