Parents who slap or shout at their kids are more likely to turn them into bullies, say researchers
Children who are slapped or yelled at by their parents are more likely to bully their brothers or sisters - and middle children are more likely to be the bullies, according to new research.
Worryingly, researchers found that half of all the children studied said they had experienced bullying in their own ... Continue reading
Long hours and short holidays proposed for schoolchildren, in new guidelines by Education Secretary Michael Gove
Children could stay at school until 8pm, if Michael Gove gets his way. In an unpopular raft of suggestions, the Education Secretary has proposed that academies and new free schools could arrange their own hours and term dates.
Free schools will be allowed to open for up to 51 weeks of the ... Continue reading
Health experts also highlight that young boys are at risk for eating disorders
Mums have been warned that there is a worrying trend of young children wanting the body shape of celebrities and models in their quest to be thin.
One study, undertaken by researchers at the University College London’s Institute of Child Health, discovered that children as young as six have been hospitalised to ... Continue reading
With a new ‘iPad’ style toy for children, the technology market is exploding for under 10s
Parents worry they are being replaced by technology, according to a new study. With the rise of iPad apps for toddlers and new hi-tech gadgets appearing on the shelves every day, parents and experts are concerned that children are becoming addicted to technology.Nearly half of the parents polled by ... Continue reading
This weekend grab the chance to see the real insides of a working farm in your neighbourhood
If you or your children have ever wondered what it would be like to live on a farm, visit a local farm taking part in Open Farm Sunday this weekend and find out.
More than 450 farms are taking part across the country and will be offering families fun activities from tractor rides to pond-dipping, ... Continue reading
Tesco puts squishy robot top of its most-wanted list for Christmas
Fijit, a squishy interactive robot, is tipped to be this year’s top toy. Tesco has predicted that the Teletubby-esque plastic robots will be their bestseller come Christmas.
The Fijits can respond to basic commands, tell knock-knock jokes, laugh when you tickle them, go to sleep and even snore. Creators Mattell are hoping ... Continue reading
Changed guidelines will include specific dosage information for narrower age brackets
Parents are to be given new instructions about how much liquid paracetamol (such as Calpol) to give children over 5.
The guidelines will advise different doses according to your child’s age.
Current information says that all children aged between 6 and 12 should have between 5ml to 10ml, up to 4 times, in ... Continue reading
Preschoolers are not developing the behavioural and motor skills they need to start school at age 5, says expert
Thousands of children are not ready to go to school at the age of 5, according to Sally Goddard Blythe, a child development expert. Sally claims that the reliance on electronic learning toys and television has led to a lack of natural development that children need to do well at school.
“It’s ... Continue reading
Pupils forced to spend lunch and break times inside after red kites stole their lunches
Children in Oxfordshire have been warned not to play in school playgrounds during lunch and break times after large red kites have caused havoc by stealing their lunches and attacking them.
According to the Telegraph, pupil Joe Biggins, 16, explained, “Red kites come and swarm around everyone when they’re eating.”
One student at ... Continue reading
The BMI for 10-year-olds hasn’t changed, but modern children are physically weaker than children of the same age a decade ago.
British 10-year-olds are physically weaker than they were 10 years ago, a study published in the child health journal Acta Paediatrica has found.The strength of 315 Essex children, age 10, was studied in 2008 and compared to 309 children who were 10 in 1998. While the kids has the ... Continue reading
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