Time for a screen break?

Concerns have been raised that digital devices are now a fundamental part of so many children’s lives, but are there mixed messages around the impact on young people? And how can you help parents navigate the advice? Journalist Georgina Fuller reports.

When the screaming won't stop

Colic and persistent crying can be distressing for babies and parents alike, so what is the latest thinking on the causes
and the best way to deal with it?

Australia: time-out is a positive discipline strategy

A University of Sydney study says that time-out is helpful as a method of discipline for children.

Denmark: MMR vaccine does not cause autism: reconfirmed

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children and is not associated with clustering of cases following vaccination.

UK: inquiry demands tighter social media regulation

#NewFilters, the first national inquiry examining the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, has called for tighter regulations on social media.

A lifeline for struggling parents

Carole Sutton looks at the evidence on parent training programmes delivered by phone and internet to support troubled young children.

England: baby-weaning campaign will boost mothers’ confidence

A new campaign to help parents introduce their babies to solid foods has been launched by Public Health England (PHE). Its survey revealed that more than one in four mothers lack confidence in doing so.

Northern Ireland: child autism diagnoses double in five years

The number of children being diagnosed with autism has more than doubled in five years, a BBC investigation has revealed.

Canada: parents feed screen-time sedentary behaviour

Parents using screen time as a reward or punishment for pre-schoolers might be feeding their attraction to screens, a study has found.

USA: August babies more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD at school

Children who start school as the youngest in their year are far more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, scientists say.

Canada: most babies don’t sleep through the night

Research has shown that most healthy babies aren’t sleeping through the night – even at one year old.

USA: verbs not nouns make children persistent

Encouraging children ‘to help’ rather to be ‘helpers’ can make them more persistent when carrying out tricky daily tasks.

UK: AI helps predict why children struggle at school

Researchers have harnessed artificial intelligence (AI) to better identify why children struggle at school.

Denmark: poorer children more likely to commit violent crime or self-harm

Children from poorer families are at greater risk of being involved in violent crime and harming themselves as young adults, a study has shown.

Australia: dummies don’t cause speech disorder

Dummies are not associated with phonological impairment, a study has found.

Consumer overload

Could it be time to return to a more back-to-basics culture, given the pressure parents face to buy goods before their child is even born, regardless of necessity or affordability? Journalist Beverley D’Silva reports. 

Junk food ads banned on London transport

Adverts for junk food will be banned on the entire Transport for London (TfL) network, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed.
 

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