A NSW high school principal has used his entire column in the school newsletter – normally 800 words – to send one simple message. In large font he simply wrote: Get your kids off Facebook. This verbal sewer is harming your children. Nothing else. Just that over half a page. He said he was spurred into doing it after helping a 16-year-old deal with terrible abuse and said the feedback from the community was ‘overwhelmingly positive’. Do you reckon he was on the money?
Just one in 40 of today’s Gen Y will own properties when they retire. That’s the latest grim forecast, according the an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute survey. The survey’s co-author said the results were “more alarming than we expected”. Only five years ago, 40 per cent of over-65s owned their homes outright. Overpriced property markets, high rates of divorce and rising personal debts and cost of living were said to be the reasons behind the results.