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Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine—a pleasant sensation for the most part.

She once wrote a book—the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday—for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney—the hub of MercatorNet—and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

Protecting children online
1 Jun 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: internet safety, pornography
Opt-in filtering for porn would be a great help to parents. Why should it be so difficult?

Boy, 12, in court for copying porn film
1 Jun 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: internet safety, pornography
While Britons debate controls on internet porn, a case involving children has come to light which lends weight to the argument for more effective controls.

How men contribute to Australian happiness
24 May 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Australia, happiness, work-life balance
It’s happiness survey time again, with the publication of the OECD’s annual Better Life Index. And, for once, it’s not a Scandinavian country that comes out on top.

Girl violence and the parent gap
21 May 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: girls, media ethics, parenting, violence
Violence among teenage girls -- towards each other, towards strangers -- is a growing problem in many countries.

Too much information, too little thought
18 May 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: communications media, silence
There’s something more threatening to human communication than the digital divide.

Ottawa exhibition modified after complaints
17 May 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Canada, sexualisation of children
A sex exhibition due to open in Ottawa today and aimed at children 12 and up has been modified, thanks to complaints from the public and a letter to a government minister.

Self-control is the only magic bullet
16 May 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: behaviour, HIVAIDS, preventive healthcare
That's what they want from people at risk of HIV. Is that what they are teaching the young people in sex-ed classes?

Australian doctors group opposes law change
15 May 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, children's health, same-sex marriage
A senior mental health professional in Australia is being hauled over the coals for signing a submission opposing same-sex marriage.

Mother’s Day postscript
15 May 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Mother's Day
And now for something completely normal and very nice from the Mother's Day menu.

Attachment parenting? My eye! This is exploitation
14 May 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: attachment parenting, breast-feeding
I suppose it is hard to get a new angle on an anniversary as hallowed as Mother’s Day, but does that excuse Time magazine for putting what amounts to porn on its cover?

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