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The Northern Territory news Sat 9 Nov 2013



The Northern Territory news Sat 9 Nov 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, November 9, 2013. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:9-NGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Anula Primary School EARLY YEARS OPEN DAY Is your child commencing Preschool or Transition in 2014? 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Homework can be extra. DISCOURAGE TV or other screen exposure for children younger than two. KEEP the TV and internetconnected electronic devices out of kids bedrooms. MONITORwhat kids are watching. ENFORCE amealtime and bedtime curfew for media devices including phones. TECH-savvy kids now spend more time online or watching TV than they do at school and should be put on a media diet of two hours a day, paediatricians have warned. Doctors have been advised to grill parents about their kids online habits to prevent obesity, bullying and sexual problems. Australian paediatricians are backing guidance issued by the American Academy of Paediatrics, which urges parents to impose a curfew for smartphones, and discourage babies and toddlers from watching any TV. Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton said children were growing obese because they spend too much time sitting in front of screens. He also warned that kids were watching pornography and violence on smart phones. Its disturbing normal sexual development, he said. Girls feel they have to act like porn actresses and boys think they want to be treated that way. Dr Hambleton urged parents to ban TVs and the internet from kids bedrooms. The new US guide says the average eight to 10-year-old spends nearly eight hours a day with media, while teenagers spent up to 11 hours a day online or watching TV. Young people now spend more time with media than they do in school, it says. The guide advises GPs to ask parents during kids health check-ups about how much time their children spend in front of screens. The lead author of the US guide, Professor Victor Strasburger, said children should not be allowed to watch the internet alone in their rooms. You cannot control what kids are seeing or how much time they spend online if they are wired in their bedrooms, he said. Professor Strasburger said he was concerned about the impact of online porn on teens sexual development. Professor Strasburger, who has worked at the Sydney Childrens Hospital, said infants exposed to TV before the age of two were slower to start speaking. The Paediatric and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians has backed the new US advice. Its president-elect, Dr Nicki Murdock, said that children were using smart phones to bully other kids, take videos of other children or themselves, and to watch pornography. When children are using computers or watching TV it means they are not going outside running around and riding their bikes, he said. Dr Murdock agreed it would be a good idea for doctors to ask parents about their childrens media use. Charges follow alleged assault POLICE have arrested and charged a 44-year-old man following the alleged assault of a 41-year-old female in Alice Springs on Wednesday. Police arrested the man on Wednesday after witnesses of the alleged incident reported it immediately. Superintendent Brent Warren said the woman suffered lacerations to the head and was taken to Alice Springs Hospital. This kind of extreme violence is unacceptable, he said. Superintendent Warren said the man was charged with aggravated assault, going armed with an offensive weapon and contravening a domestic violence order. The man was remanded in custody to appear at Alice Springs Magistrates Court on November 21. Fine over bouncer PROACTIVE Security has been fined $5000 for providing an unlicensed bouncer to Mitchell St nightclub Monsoons. It was the second such breach from Proactive in the last 12 months. The NT Licensing Commission found bouncer David Dudley had worked from February 9-16, despite his licence expiring on February 8. The commission heard Mr Dudley had completed all relevant training modules but due to management difficulties at training provider Eagle Training, the renewal certificate had been delayed. Mr Dudley also stated he was not aware his licence had expired. Proactive director Adrian Franklin admitted through representative Ian Rowbottom he had not shown proper diligence, but had believed through a conversation with Mr Dudley the licence was valid. Christmas nipped in the bud CHRISTMAS celebrations for a Katherine family will be a little less jolly this year after a police raid on the property yielded nearly half a kilogram of cannabis. A 44-year-old woman has been arrested and allegedly told police she planned to share it with her family over the festive season. Police executed the warrant on the property in the towns north at about 10pm on Thursday. During the search, they al legedly found a black plastic bag containing several clipseal bags. The woman has been charged with possess a trafficable amount of cannabis and unlawfully supplying to another. Burglars hit street THE laptop was gone, so was the Xbox, but at least they didnt take the golf clubs. Marty McLaughlin, a young Irish tiler, woke yesterday to find thieves had helped themselves at his Stuart Park home. He said Allen keys scattered nearby must have been used to flick the lock of his flyscreen door. Clearly they must have been unfit or they wouldve taken the golf clubs. I would have been really angry if they were gone, he said. Also left was an iPod speaker dock, which would have gone nicely with the iPod nicked from the neighbours the same night. Next door had been left unlocked a mistake police are constantly shaking their heads over. The thieves had grabbed a camera but dumped it just in front of the door. Police said thieves often target a specific street or neighbourhood.