Charlene Shannon-McCallum

80 Flips | 6 Magazines | 1 Like | 19 Followers | @CharleneShan589 | I do research related to youth in sport, recreation, and leisure contexts. I tweet at @leisurethings and blog at leisurethings.wordpress.com

Kids are getting too much screen time – and it’s affecting their development

Here’s a question for parents: how much time do your kids spend using electronic devices? If it’s a lot, you might be finding it hard to turn them …

A new study shows that a growing number of teens are using this extreme measure to lose weight

With Instagram fitness gurus and models on the rise, discussions about positive body image have been happening more than ever.<p>The American Academy of …

Irish psychotherapist on the impact of social media on teens: 'They're presenting with clinical levels of anxiety that are having a debilitating impact on their lives'

Teenagers need true, meaningful connections with their peers, and while the Internet has a positive contribution to make, they need to go beyond the …

Family Photography: Documenting An ‘Unconventional’ Childhood In A Modern Era

<i>Quick,</i> name five things you loved to do as a child (Mine were to read, roller skate, play with my friends, trade Garbage Pail Kids, and cuddle my …

Kids

Feminism’s greatest obstacle in the digital age is the commodification of women’s bodies

“SEND NOODZ.” Thirteen-year-old boys are real artists with their text messages. What brevity! What charm! This all-caps imperative sets the tone for Nancy Jo Sales’s alarming new book, <i>American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers</i>.<p>Sales spent two and a half years interviewing over …

Feminism

Building a Better Father

AS a child I was schooled constantly in how different mothers and fathers were. TV shows spelled it out. So did examples and conversations all around me, including in my own home.<p>A mother’s love was supposedly automatic, unconditional. A father’s love was earned. Mothers nurtured, tending to tears. …

Fatherhood

Free-range kids could become healthier, happier adults

<b>Is our obsession with safety and providing sanitised spaces for children actually hindering their development? Let them fail, fall and feel their own</b> …

Stop banning children from playing sport, teachers told by Nicky Morgan

Playing games helps children to develop the character traits they need to succeed in life, the Education Secretary says<p>The education secretary has called on schools to stop wrapping children in “cotton wool” and allow them to take part in sport, even if there is a risk of injury.<p>Playing games helps …

Is The Win-at-All-Costs Culture Ruining Youth Sports?

It's no secret that at the highest levels of sport, some athletes, trainers, coaches and administrators will side-step the rules and do whatever it takes to win. But in an era where that culture has trickled-down from our television screens to our local sports leagues, and sometimes even in to our …

Newcomer Youth Missing Out On Vital Recreational Programs

Sports and rec are key to social development and integration. But a new study shows the kids who need them most are being left out.Photo courtesy …

Recreation

Halifax-area youth surveyed about recreation programs

Halifax is trying to shape its recreation programs for the future and has turned to teenagers in the city to help it do it.<p>An online survey has been …

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports

“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking …

A Sport Parents Guide to LTAD - Sport for Life

As parents, we recognize that sports and physical activity play an important role in our children’s healthy growth and development, but recently …

Youth interests guide city programming changes

Web design, slack-lining, improv comedy among new offerings from the City of Guelph<p>CommunityApr 05, 2016 by Jessica Lovell Guelph Tribune<p>Youth …

Sport for Peaceful Coexistence in Refugee Host Communities

Today, April 6, is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. As the Syrian conflict moves into its sixth year, we are all painfully aware of the devastation and horrific violence inflicted upon its people. According to UNHCR, approximately 4.8 million people have fled to neighboring …

Row as schoolchildren aged 7 to 16 taught to pole dance

Petition fails to ban kids' championship as an event involving sex abuse or encouraging 'child striptease'.

Sex Crimes

Let your kids stay kids a little longer

Our weekend trip to Target always has the kids wanting to look at the toys and negotiate their way through what could they possibly get with their allowance. Today was slightly different. As they did their normal walk down the toy aisles, I heard a mom saying "But you're almost 12 years old don't …

Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego

Toy company funds research suggesting educational development can be hindered by early formal schooling. So are UK schools getting it wrong?<p>Parents are squeezing the role of play out of their children’s lives in favour of the three ‘R’s as they try to prepare their offspring for a competitive …

Lego

Kids don’t have to be lonely at recess anymore thanks to this little boy and his ‘buddy bench’

By Colby Itkowitz<p>, Reporter<p>It’s been three years now since 10-year-old Christian Bucks thought his family was moving to Germany for his dad’s job and his mom showed him brochures about his potential new schools.<p>He would be the new kid there. The one without anyone to play with in the schoolyard. He …

Selfies, 'mindfulness' and the destructive age of self-obsession: it's too easy to blame the Internet

<i>“To do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success.” – Henry Ford</i><p>As our society contracts and fragments, with more and more people isolated in their own communities and families - or lost to the lure of the Internet - our response has increasingly been to look inwards in order …

To Boost Children’s Active Play, Join In

Parental involvement could help avert obesity<p>To boost children’s physical activity, parents should join in and play, suggests a study in the Journal of Pediatrics.<p>Children spent significantly more time in active physical play when parents participated in the activity, compared with playing on their …

Exercise

Early childhood education: Importance of learning through play

Brought to you by<p>Leave a child alone or with a couple of others and almost inevitably, they will start to play. “Stop playing” must be one of the …

Education