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Disney princesses don’t impact kids’ body image, experts say



According to research, Disney princesses can play a beneficial role in nurturing children’s self-image.

Parents have long grappled with the portrayal of unrealistic body standards in movies, television, and the toy industry, worrying about the impact on their children’s mental health. With Disney princesses often in the spotlight, concerns have centered around their influence on kids’ body esteem.

To shed light on the matter, researchers at UC Davis conducted a study involving 340 children and their caregivers, spanning from 2020 to 2021. The study tracked children from the age of 3 and revisited them one year later to assess any noticeable changes in body esteem.

Body esteem was gauged by caregivers’ assessments of how much their children liked or felt good about their own bodies. Disney princesses were categorized into three body types: thin, average, and above average/heavy, with characters like Jasmine representing thin, and Moana as the example of an average-sized princess.

Body size

The study revealed that the most beloved princesses among the children were Elsa, Moana, and Anna, with each princess’s body size affecting how the young fans felt about their own bodies. Notably, kids who adored princesses classified as having average body sizes, such as Moana, displayed higher body esteem levels.

The researchers attributed these effects to the frequency with which children engage in pretend play as princesses. Intriguingly, they also discovered that kids who favored average-sized princesses tended to be more physically active. Researchers speculated that this might be linked to the more active storylines associated with average-sized princesses in their films.

In contrast, children with favorite princesses characterized as thin did not report significant positive or negative changes in their body image. However, the overall impact of Disney princesses leaned toward a net benefit, as playing with average-sized princesses boosted children’s confidence in their own bodies. This research provides valuable insights into the role of media in shaping children’s perceptions of body image and self-esteem.*

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The Game Awards 2023: Industry celebrates huge year



The gaming community is abuzz with anticipation as The Game Awards 2023 approach, scheduled for this Friday, December 7th. This annual event has become a significant highlight for gamers worldwide, celebrating the best titles released throughout the year. With an array of outstanding games in contention, fans are eagerly speculating about the potential winner of the coveted Game of the Year (GOTY) award.




Nominated Titles

The competition is fierce, with some stellar titles vying for the top spot. The nominees include:

  • Alan Wake 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Super Mario Bros Wonder

Each game brings a unique experience to the table, making the decision for the ultimate winner even more challenging. Fans and critics alike are engaging in heated discussions about their personal favorites and predictions.

Watch the Live Announcement Video Here

Resident Evil 4 Remake in VR: A Terrifying Experience Awaits

Capcom is set to thrill fans with a groundbreaking update for Resident Evil 4 Remake. Starting December 8th, owners of PSVR2 and the Remake will have access to a free add-on VR Mode. The immersive experience includes the entire main story with 3D audio, a shooting range for weapon interactions, and a terrifying yet thrilling encounter with the iconic game in virtual reality.

The addition of VR mode is a significant leap for the PSVR2 lineup of games, offering players a chance to dive into the horror classic in an entirely new dimension.

Experience the Chills with the RE Remake VR Mode Trailer

PlayStation 5 Slim Hits Australia

Exciting news for Australian gamers as the sleek PlayStation 5 Slim is set to hit shelves this week. Available for pre-order from major retailers, the slim version will be available on Wednesday, December 6th, just in time for the holiday season.

Options include both disc and digital consoles, with prices at $799 for the disc version and $769 for the digital version bundled with two controllers via Amazon AU. Additional accessories, such as the disc drive and vertical stand, can be purchased separately.

Get a Closer Look at the New PlayStation 5 Slim

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – A New Frontier in Gaming

In the midst of the gaming frenzy, Ubisoft is set to release Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora on Friday, December 7th. This action-adventure game, set in the expansive open world of the Western Frontier of Pandora, offers a first-person perspective and promises a visually stunning experience.

Fans of the Avatar movies are in for a treat, with the game available on PS5, Xbox Series, and PC. The captivating graphics seen in early footage have heightened the anticipation for this exciting addition to the gaming landscape.

Embark on a New Adventure with the Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Trailer

As the gaming community gears up for The Game Awards and the release of highly anticipated titles and updates, December promises to be a thrilling month for gamers worldwide. Stay tuned for the big reveals and immerse yourself in the ever-evolving world of gaming.

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EV integration and recent tax reimbursement raises questions



The Victorian Government’s decision to reimburse Electric Vehicle (EV) owners over an alleged unconstitutional tax has sparked discussions about the global evolution of EV integration.


Automotive journalist Mike Costello emphasises the broader implications for environmental policies and the potential precedent this sets for other regions.

The incident underscores the importance of transparent processes in identifying and compensating affected EV owners and may prompt a reevaluation of tax structures globally.

How governments handle this situation can impact the perception of their support for green initiatives and influence the trust of EV owners.

In summary, this reimbursement marks a pivotal moment, shaping future policies and fostering a more supportive environment for electric vehicles on a global scale.

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The reason petrol is suddenly cheaper



It’s getting cheaper at the petrol bowser ahead of the holidays – but will it last?

Oil prices experienced a sharp decline of more than 2% today as investors grew increasingly skeptical of the effectiveness of OPEC+ production cuts.

The global benchmark, Brent crude, fell to $69 per barrel, marking a notable drop from its recent highs.

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