eParenting & Parenting in the 21st Century

By Peter Mellow | Selected curated articles from my Scoop.it collection of the same name.

The extremely useful piece of software for high school students that I would like to kill with fire

My oldest child is now a high school senior, which means that he is just starting to gear up his applications to college. Ha ha ha, I kid, I kid. We live in an affluent, well-educated suburb in Massachusetts: College has been on the agenda in our house for at least a year now.<p>Still, as the …

Education

Could ADHD be a type of sleep disorder? That would fundamentally change how we treat it.

Over the past two decades, U.S. parents and teachers have reported epidemic levels of children with trouble focusing, impulsive behavior and so much energy that they are bouncing off walls. Educators, policymakers and scientists have referred to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as …

ADHD

‘My heart is in pieces’: Father makes public plea after his little boy is bullied

School bullies threw rocks at their young child, while calling him a monster, a freak and telling him he was ugly — all because he has a disability which causes him to look and sound different.<p>Seven-year-old Jackson Bezzant’s self-esteem dropped so much that he wanted to wear a mask to school to …

Bullying

Playing Football Before 12 Is Tied to Brain Problems Later

Athletes who began playing tackle football before the age of 12 had more behavioral and cognitive problems later in life than those who started playing after they turned 12, a new study released on Tuesday showed.<p>The findings, from a long-term study conducted by researchers at Boston University, …

Research

9 Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Students

<b>Elementary School</b><p><b>Teaching Peace in Elementary School</b><p>Is your child feeling left out? Angry at you? Embarrassed to speak up during class? Don’t ignore these feelings. Unless emotions are properly dealt with, children won’t be able to reach their full academic potential.<p><b>Memorize That Poem</b><p>For students …

Education

Not drinking or driving, teens increasingly put off traditional markers of adulthood

When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don’t drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates. Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about books.<p>They are in good company, according to a new study showing that teenagers are increasingly …

Parenting

New Study Links Playing Youth Football to Later Brain Damage

If children play tackle football before they are 12 and continue to play through high school, they may be putting their brains at risk.<p>That's the key …

The Brain

Nerf guns can lead to serious eye injuries, doctors warn

<b>Bullets from Nerf guns can cause serious eye injuries, doctors from a London eye hospital are warning.</b><p>They treated three people with internal bleeding around the eye, pain and blurred vision after they were shot with the toy guns by children.<p>Writing in BMJ Case reports, the doctors recommended …

Medicine

When Adolescents Want Tattoos or Piercings

When I was reviewing for my recertification exam recently, I gave the wrong answer to a question about an infected ear. Not a standard inner ear infection; this was a painful red swollen outer ear, in an 18-year-old. I thought she had a skin abscess, and said to put her on antibiotics for standard …

Tattoos

Children and sleep: How much do they really need?

How much sleep, and what type of sleep, do our children need to thrive?<p>In parenting, there aren’t often straightforward answers, and sleep tends to …

Wellness

How picnics can beat technology

The picnic, once a staple family outing, has somewhat fallen out of fashion. But experts said it could be the key to happier, healthier …

Australian National Parks

KQED

“Why didn’t she text me back yet? She doesn’t like me anymore!”<p>“There’s no way I’m trying out for the team. I suck at basketball”<p>“It’s not fair that …

Teens

Netflix Has A Genius New Hack To Take The Stress Out Of Kids’ Birthdays

Netflix can be a real lifesaver for parents, and the streaming platform knows it! In addition to providing an array of awesome family-friendly …

Netflix

5 Tips for Raising a Modern-Day Teen

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME's special edition,</i> The Science of Childhood<i>, which is available in stores, at the TIME Shop and at …

Parenting

The mothers who infiltrated an online paedophile group

<b>When a group of Indonesian mothers sharing pictures of their children stumbled upon news of an online paedophile group earlier this year, they decided to infiltrate it to expose those behind it. The BBC's Christine Franciska followed the story.</b><p>Capturing and posting the funny, sweet and memorable …

Censorship

UK Mum's Shopping List Game Makes The Weekly Shop Easier For Parents Of Kids With Autism

A mum who created a shopping list game for her son who has autism has inspired Asda to roll it out nationwide.<p>Jenny Barnett, from Middlesborough, who …

Shopping

3 Books on the Importance of Early Education

Across the country, school reformers are pushing for the expansion of publicly funded early education. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who won the Democratic mayoral primary on Sept. 12, ran on a platform in 2013 centered on the expansion of prekindergarten education to all 4-year-olds; now, in …

Education

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of …

Critical Thinking

A pile of advice books won’t end your parenting anxiety. Here’s what to do instead.

<i>Q: As a general rule, I manage my parenting anxiety by not reading parenting books. It’s too much contradictory information, and I get nuts about it. I’ve found that following my instincts works better for me. But I do feel like I need some guidance on what I should be doing with my toddler to</i> …

Parenting

Overexposed: Parents airing kids’ lives on social media

Parents are overexposing their young children on social media — some are even posting personal details of their off-spring before they are born — …

Social Media

Talking about suicide and self-harm in schools can save lives

Suicide and self-harm remain taboo topics in schools, despite the fact youth suicide has reached a ten year high.<p>Recent statistics show around eight …

Suicide

How parents are getting it wrong with teenage girls

Parents are so caught up in boosting their child's self-esteem that they're raising a generation of self-entitled and disrespectful people.Author and …

Parenting

That could have been me: Benjamin Law on the suicide of gay schoolboy Tyrone Unsworth

The death of a 13-year-old Queenslander after he was the victim of homophobic bullying illustrates the life-saving necessity of the Safe Schools program. So why did News Corp’s papers trash it?<p><i>What makes a 13-year-old kill himself?</i><p>It was November 2016 in Guangzhou, China, and I found myself asking …

LGBTQ

Australian teens doing well, but some still at high risk of suicide and self-harm

Following a large group of people over a long time is a terrific way to learn more about life in Australia. The Growing Up in Australia: Longitudinal …

Depression

New autism diagnosis guidelines miss the mark on how best to help children with developmental problems

The first national guidelines for diagnosing autism were released for public consultation last week. The report by research group Autism CRC was …

Autism

Ignoring your child may actually be the best thing for them

By Colin Fernandez Helicopter parents take note - ignoring your children might be the best way to get them to behave, a leading psychologist advised …

Parenting

Thanks to Harvey, Snapchat's Map went from being really creepy to really useful

When Snapchat first launched its Snap Maps feature, it was derided by parents and privacy advocates as a way to stalk people, particularly vulnerable teens. Maps, which is accessed by pinching in on the app's main camera screen, used Snapchat's sophisticated geolocation data to show a user's exact …

Maps

"Autistic and proud" - Jarod Phillips at Nagle College

YouTube

The silent tragedy affecting today’s children