UK Children

No One Is immune From Mental Health Problems

Dharmendra Kanani | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dharmendra Kanani

Building the case for major changes in services takes time. The young people who helped us to make this investment will be well into their twenties by the time the full effects are felt. I firmly believe future generations will have cause to thank them.

It's Time to Give Child Mental Health a HeadStart

Harriet Filmer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Harriet Filmer

My work generally involved helping run workshops and sitting in on one-to-one counselling sessions for pupils who had either been referred by a teacher or who just wanted to drop in and chat. I was really surprised at the range of issues and problems that can affect younger children.

Like FGM, Cut Foreskins Should Be a Feminist Issue

The Conversation UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

The reasons for male circumcision also vary: for Muslims it's sunnah, a practice instituted by the Prophet Muhammad; for Jews it's a sign of God's covenant with Abraham. It's also cultural: it marks an entrance into manhood and is also carried out because of perceived social or health advantages...

11,000 Syrian Children Have Died In Two Years

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK

Children are being deliberately targeted by snipers in Syria, with more than 11,000 killed in the brutal conflict, a new report has claimed. More t...

International Education Week: Why Education is so Important

Frontier | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Education is a process of providing structured information. It is accessible to every child for free in the developed world, so much so that it's almost taken for granted. The developing worlds are still striving to gain easily attainable education systems like ours, because education is seen as a platform whereby children can greaten themselves.

Why We Must Intervene Early With Children and Young People With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Jon Brown | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

This week I read that a ten-year-old boy had been found guilty of raping an eight-year-old girl on more than one occasion over a period of two years. During the trial it was revealed that the boy, now 13, had spent hours watching online porn from the age of nine...

Encouraging 'Young Carers' Is Unacceptable

Simon Stevens | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

When I hear that the government is advising schools to be sensitive to the needs of 'young carers' and give them the time off from their education so they can look after mum, I just want to scream. I strongly believe parents have a responsibility to be parents regardless of how incapacitated they are.

Court Decision to Force MMR Wasn't in Child's Best Interest

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

The decision is controversial, not just because both children were considered together despite their different ages, but because the 15-year-old had already received the initial MMR vaccine and the next vaccination would be a booster shot.

Baby's First (Expensive) Christmas

Sarah Willingham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willingham

Now don't get me wrong, with 4 children myself I understand how hard the balancing act is between making my kids happy and only spending within my means. As glorious as it is to see their shiny happy faces as they rip open their presents, it is not great if their parents start the new year drowning in debt and worrying about how to afford three pairs of new school shoes.

Twerking at Work: Images of Women in Society

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

It's not just about the twerking. It's about working, and it's about living. In a strange way, many women have to metaphorically twerk at work and in their private lives, and it's time for this to stop.

Fostering Creativity in Children

Zanni Louise | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zanni Louise

Although I am a stay-at-home-mum, I don't do a lot of interactive activities with my children. I find myself - ourselves - pottering the day away. I do what I need to around the house. My children play alone or together. We chat and interact as we go about our day. It's a happy tandem existence.

Kids' Birthday Parties Are Out of Control

Sarah Willingham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willingham

Seriously, it is time the parents grow up, take things back to basics and remember who these parties are really for!

Pills for Rickets?

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

Making PROJECT WILD THING I became interested in the public health benefits of prescribing 'wild time' to young children. If they catch the nature bug early, young children are far more likely to grow up to love the outdoors.

British Children Are Not Alone

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

The UK scores very badly in terms of our children's connection to Nature - right near the bottom of the league table. So it is tempting to think that in the rest of the world children are much better connected. But the table is relative - and the problem is global.

Children & ICT - The Global Village In Action

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Digital subterfuge and parental disapproval are at times inevitable. In effect, many teens are using digital media just as they previously used music or fashion; as a means to help define their identity and facilitate their transition into adulthood.

One Year On, Are Police and Crime Commissioners Delivering on Human Rights?

Emma Hutton | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Emma Hutton

The small number of PCCs who responded to our questions stressed how important human rights are to their work, and that they see them as part of everyday policing. Encouragingly, they linked the protection of human rights to equality and justice - values that we all share.

Facebook and Fluoride: Social Media Are Not Exempt From Social Responsibility

David Emm | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Tech
David Emm

If I, as an individual, have the opportunity to prevent someone, particularly a child, coming to harm, I should. If society as a whole has the opportunity to prevent this, it should. And if a company has the same opportunity, it should too.

Halloween? Guy Fawkes Night? Bah Hum Bug

John L. Adams | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John L. Adams

At risk of being labelled a killjoy, I'm really not sure I want my children influenced by either of these events. I just find halloween vacuous and trick or treating, at its worst, simply encourages children to use menaces to demand gifts.

The Children of Iain Duncan Smith's Sanctions Are Cold and Suffering

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Among the UK's three million poor children, itself a shameful number in a wealthy society, more than half said their home was too cold last winter, three-quarters said they often worried about money, and a quarter said their house had damp or mould.

Abortion: What Are We Really Getting Rid of?

Esther Rich | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

In order to truly understand the magnitude of what we are considering, we must return to the child at the centre of it all. A child who did not ask to be conceived in such a way, nor ask to be unwanted in any way, but could have grown up to be a child with a voice asking for love, respect and dignity. For now, we must be their voice.

Divorce and the Lies We Tell Our Children

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

What is the point of lying to our children about their other parent while going through a divorce? How does that benefit them? I know how it benefits you but forget you for a moment and tell me how your child benefits from this.

Women's Football Atmosphere Is Completely Different

Danielle Lowe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

The only way the Women's game can be 'as good as the male game' is to treat it with the same respect rather than as a completely different sport. Of course the way the women play strategically is different, but it's still football!

Flying Frankfurts and General Douchebaggery at Kids Parties

Bytestories | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

There's something wonderful about children's parties. Kids are remarkably social animals and I enjoy watching them interact. I like to try and work out the little cliques that develop and determine which kid is the glue-eating misfit who was only invited because his mother does yoga with the host.

Are You Prejudiced Towards Roma and Travellers, Or Are You Right? A Five-Step Checklist

Peter McGuire | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter McGuire

Did you instantly believe that the Roma had abducted any of the three children taken from their families in Ireland or Greece this month? Pause a moment. Have a look at yourself. Why did you believe it?

A City Surrounded by Conflict Struggles to Cope Under Weight of Displacement

Mougabe Koslengar | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Mougabe Koslengar

In contrast to the rural areas, the parts of the city I saw looked normal, with no damage to buildings. People moved around and there was a bustling market like in any city. The city's infrastructure is creaking, however, due to the huge influx of displaced families.