Tag Archives: children

Smacking children: what the research says

Yuganov Konstantin/Shutterstock Ana Aznar, University of Winchester The question of whether it is ever acceptable to smack a child – hitting them with the flat inside of the hand with the aim of achieving compliance – is still highly controversial. In England, this controversy was recently reignited by the education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, who has said that “the discipline of …

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Girls’ mental health has been affected more than boys’ during the pandemic – new research

Mental health issues in children are linked to poorer educational outcomes. Alena Ozerova/Shutterstock Agne Suziedelyte, City, University of London; Anna Zhu, RMIT University, and Silvia Mendolia, University of Wollongong Evidence has shown that the COVID pandemic has impacted women’s mental health more significantly than men’s mental health. For example, lockdowns and the stress of home schooling have been found to …

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COVID vaccines for children under five: what parents need to know

Kamil Macniak/Shutterstock Tara Hurst, Birmingham City University Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine became available for children aged five to 11 in the UK in April 2022. Those aged 12 and up had already been eligible since 2021. But if you have a child aged under five, you might be wondering, when will they be able to be vaccinated against COVID-19? Children under …

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Comment les dessins d’enfants racontent la guerre et l’exil

Figure 1 – Première guerre de Tchétchénie (1994-1996). [Anonyme] : «Tout est en feu» in “J’ai dessiné la guerre. Le regard de Françoise et Alfred Brauner”, Rose Duroux et Catherine Milkovitch-Rioux (dir.), Pubp, 2011, p. 138 Catherine Milkovitch-Rioux, Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA) Parmi les civils de pays agressés militairement ou victimes de persécutions, les figures enfantines – enfants victimes, enfants …

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The FDA authorizes Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 – a pediatrician explains how the drug was tested for safety and efficacy

For many parents, the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine authorization for younger kids can’t come soon enough. Vladimir Vladimirov/E+ via Getty Images Debbie-Ann Shirley, University of Virginia Elementary school children in the United States will soon have one more layer of protection to keep them safe from COVID-19. On Oct. 29, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the …

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Children who eat more fruits and vegetables have better mental health – new study

Primary and secondary school students who ate five servings of fruit or veg daily had better mental wellbeing. Monkey Business Images/ Shutterstock Ailsa Welch, University of East Anglia and Richard PG Hayhoe, Anglia Ruskin University Around 10%-20% of adolescents globally suffer from a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, according to the World Health Organization. It’s also been …

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Violence against children carries a huge cost for Africa: governments need to act urgently

Getty Images Rongedzayi Fambasayi, North-West University Every day, millions of children experience violence in one form or another. It is a global problem that cuts across colour, class, educational status, income, ethnicity and origin. It has immediate, long term and irreparable impacts on the life, survival, physical and psychosocial development and well-being of children. Violence against children also has financial …

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Far more adults don’t want children than previously thought

The study found that child-free people were just as satisfied with their lives as those with kids. Aleksandr Faustov/EyeEm via Getty Images Jennifer Watling Neal, Michigan State University and Zachary Neal, Michigan State University CC BY-NC-ND Fertility rates in the United States have plunged to record lows, and this could be related to the fact that more people are choosing …

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Short-sightedness is increasing in children – and researchers are still trying to understand why

Myopia is usually a lifelong condition. kornnphoto/ Shutterstock Neema Ghorbani Mojarrad, University of Bradford Myopia is on the rise. In the UK, the number of children with myopia has doubled in the last 50 years. Globally, it’s projected that by 2050 half of the world’s population will be myopic. Although myopia – also known as near-sightedness or short-sightedness – can …

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