Will Allen-Mersh

31 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Following | @WillAllenMe2016 | Keep up with Will Allen-Mersh on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Will Allen-Mersh”

Experts call for official guidelines on child screen use

Educationalists, psychologists and authors also call for a minister for children to try to address ‘toxic’ nature of childhood<p>A group of leading authors, educationalists and child-development experts is calling on the government to introduce national guidelines on the use of screens, amid concern …

Mental Health

Children spend only half as much time playing outside as their parents did

National Trust survey also found that nine out of 10 parents would prefer offspring to spend childhood connecting with nature<p>Children today spend half the time their parents did playing outside, a survey suggests.<p>While more than four-fifths (83%) of parents questioned thought it was important their …

Niki Boon

Basic knowledge of the lens that you want to know before starting the camera<p>When I start to investigate to buy a lens of a digital camera, various …

Mobile Photography

Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer

Do you entertain your kids with chess camp, art school, cooking classes, or tennis lessons during the unstructured summer months? Or perhaps all of them?<p>There are activities and summer camps galore to fill children’s time and supply much needed childcare when kids are out of school. But …

Kids

Why make-believe play is an important part of childhood development

Does your child like to pretend to be a superhero? That's a good thing.<p>Visit any preschool classroom during free play and you will likely see a child …

Swings, slides and iPads: the gaming companies targeting kids' outdoor play

Startups are applying gaming to the great outdoors as a survey reveals three-quarters of UK children spend less time outside than prison inmates<p>Three-quarters of UK children now spend less time outside than prison inmates, according to a new survey, with the lure of digital technology partly to …

Why playing peekaboo with babies is a very serious matter – Caspar Addyman

Laughter and smiles transcend barriers of age, language and culture, and babies know this better than anyone. They don’t speak our language. They …

Psychology

Want less parent-child conflict? Follow the path of Confucius – Ryan Nichols

From an evolutionary perspective, Confucian filial piety – a system of inheritance – is pretty strange: it requires individuals to prioritise the …

Why are our kids so miserable?

“Something in modern life is undermining mental health,” Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, wrote in a recent paper.<p>Specifically, something is undermining young people’s mental health, especially girls.<p>In her paper, Twenge looks at four studies covering 7 million …

Mental Health

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

Psychology

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

How thinking about infinity changes kids’ brains on math – Sarah Scoles

When I first encountered infinity, I was a four-year-old in the Latter-day Saints temple in Atlanta, Georgia. My parents, my sister and I were there …

Mathematics

London’s Empty Childhoods

The urban explorer behind the proposal for the world’s first National Park City goes in search of that increasingly rare species, children in the …

Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone

A program called the Free-Range Kids Project is trying to help parents loosen their grip and raise more independent children.<p>Most school field trips are to places the students might never go on their own: a museum, a play, a nature preserve. The idea is to open kids wide to the wonderful world. …

Learning by Doing at the Children’s Museum

Ralph Gardner Jr. gets a taste of Muslim cultures from around the world<p>There are few occasions when I wish I was 3 years old. But I did during a visit to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s new exhibit called “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.”<p>One of the attractions is a vividly …

Indian Ocean

Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared?

I WAS one of the first women in the San Francisco Fire Department. For more than a dozen years, I worked on a busy rig in a tough neighborhood where rundown houses caught fire easily and gangs fought with machetes and .22s. I’ve pulled a bloated body from the bay, performed CPR on a baby and …

Parenting

Playground: Photographer documents school playgrounds across the world

Do you remember the school playground? The fun and laughter, the occasional sadness and tears? For British photographer James Mollison he believes …

The Talking Cure

The poorer parents are, the less they talk with their children. The mayor of Providence is trying to close the “word gap.”<p>One morning in September, Lissette Castrillón, a caseworker in Providence, Rhode Island, drove to an apartment on the western edge of town to visit Annie Rodriguez, a young …

Coming of Age with Video Games

One of the most profound effects that a novel can have on the young mind is to reveal a harrowing truth: your life is not the axis on which the world spins. In the pages of a book, you meet people who, incredibly, do not think, act, or live like you, and who, in contrast to those around you in real …

Wrong Answer

In an era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice.<p>One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept. It was the week before his students took the Criterion-Referenced …

How Not to Talk to Your Kids

What do we make of a boy like Thomas?<p>Thomas (his middle name) is a fifth-grader at the highly competitive P.S. 334, the Anderson School on West 84th. …

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.<p>A trio of boys tramps alongthe length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens …

The importance of children at play

In the early stages of life, peer play is an important factor in the developmental growth of a child. It is during play and children's interactions …

The children who need to play

<b>Thirty percent of the migrants and refugees who reached Europe last year were children. Despite their long and dangerous journey, the youngsters still need to find ways to play.</b><p>"We're all on our own journeys," said Abdulrahman. "But some are a little longer than others."<p>It was past midnight and we …

We’ve forgotten how to give children the space to have secrets – Tiffany Jenkins

At the heart of <i>The Secret Garden</i>, the much-loved children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, in which a disagreeable orphan is transformed into a …

Funding for research connecting learning and play

If you’re worried children don’t play outside enough anymore, a local expert is working to change that.<p>A huge funding announcement for College …

Parents 'struggle to get children off devices'

<b>Many UK parents find it easier to get their children to do homework, go to bed or have a bath than turn off their phones, laptops and TVs, a poll finds.</b><p>A survey for the charity Action for Children found almost one in four mothers and fathers (23.1%) struggle to control their children's screen …

Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play – Peter Gray

When I was a child in the 1950s, my friends and I had two educations. We had school (which was not the big deal it is today), and we also had what I …

Hunter Gatherers

Video

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>US universities' sexual assault epidemic<p>Groping in bars, rape and confusion …

Prince Charles