Immune Hero is a cool new website aimed at Australian teenagers. It’s the brainchild of the Victorian Government and, like Dumb Ways to Die, features games, YouTube videos and animated infographics that tell the story of why teenagers need to be vaccinated against DTP, HPV and Chickenpox.
We asked a Year 7 boy to test out the website and games - here’s his review:
“Yeah, I reckon the website is pretty cool. I liked the videos they’re really good and well animated. Easy to understand as well. I learned quite a lot about HPV from the video.
The games are in need of updating. Graphics-wise they’re a bit young for high school kids and not really age-appropriate. But I did find a level of difficulty in Apoxalypse that was challenging even to me - and I’m a bit of a pro-gamer!
I reckon I’d give the videos a thumbs up. Maybe a few pop-ups and a login so you get a “Hi….(your name). And if you want a website to get with kids my age, you need it to be stimulating and engaging.”
Another idea is that maybe teachers could login in and set tasks for kids to keep it fresh.
I give this website a 7.5 out of 10.”
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Are you into ink?
Maybe you’re into all kinds of bodyart? Piercings, plugs, noserings, implants?
OK, so join about a gazillion other Australians in the race to become indelibly marked with their own picture book. Every second person, including the lovely Imogen (above) is tattooed these days. And we’re not talking about one or two love-hearts, a lone anchor or a sailor’s bluebird.
Old school tattoos that profess love, hate or loyalty are now part of a much bigger picture. Literally. Incredible works of bodyart cover entire anatomies - comprising sleeves, fully inked legs and arms, faces, foreheads, necks, ankles, feet.
An enormously popular industry has been launched on the back of tattoos. Many local newsagents now carry more Tattoo magazines than HomeGlam/Lifestyle publications. Tattoo festivals are held across the globe, and social media is well and truly #inked with #tattoo hashtags. The past 24 hours featured over 2000 tweets on the subject.
Whether you’re into ink or not, tattoos are here to stay…for good.
But what lies behind the sexed up body art photography, the ‘glamorous’ tattooed celebrities, and the testosterone-driven allegiance to a particular gang or tribe?
Funnily enough, pictures of elderly citizens with sagging skin distorting their youthful self-expressionism don’t often make it into the public domain. Glossy magazines don’t tend to portray inflammation, infections pustules or ink poisoning…