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

Rising Teen Suicides and a Surge in Social Media Use: Is There a Link?

TIME Health<p>For more, visit TIME Health.<p>(CHICAGO) — An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged …

Suicide

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How one country persuaded teens to give up drink and drugs

Iceland used to have a big teenage smoking, drinking and drug problem. Now it doesn't.<p>This is how it made the change.<p>A film by Richard Kenny for BBC World Hacks. Like, Share, Engage.

Health

What To Do When Your Child Is Being Bullied By Their Friends

So for Anti-Bullying Week (13-17 November), HuffPost UK has spoken to four experts about what parents can do to support their child when faced with a …

Parenting

Damaged bodies, healing hearts

Despite devastating injuries, struggling towns still see football <br>as a way to make it through<p>Published on November 14, 2017<p><b>ELDON, Mo.</b><p>Highway 52 curls west around town and unspools across the rippling farmland. It is easy to miss the house tucked on a gravelly side road called Forgotten Lane, where …

Medicine

No, you shouldn't eat your placenta, here's why

In almost all mammals, the placenta - the organ that develops in pregnancy to provide oxygen and nutrients to the baby and remove waste products - is …

Pregnancy

How to talk to your kids about today's same-sex marriage postal survey result

After three months of sometimes acrimonious debate, the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey are in: 61.6% (a majority), voted yes to …

Parenting

Frightening realities of sex and young people

Prominent Tauranga sexual abuse counsellor Denise McEnteer talks to Carly Gibbs about the frightening realities of sex and our children. Warning: …

New Zealand News

Teaching kids 21st century skills early will help prepare them for their future

<i>This is an edited extract written by Iram Siraj, from Future Frontiers: Education for an AI World, a New South Wales Department of Education</i> …

Education

Something really is wrong on the Internet. We should be more worried.

“Something is wrong on the internet,” declares an essay trending in tech circles. But the issue isn’t Russian ads or Twitter harassers. It’s children’s videos.<p>The piece, by tech writer James Bridle, was published on the heels of a report from the New York Times that described disquieting problems …

Peppa Pig

Don't Let YouTube Babysit Your Children

Image: YouTube<p>Maybe it's happened to you. You're cruising around YouTube and then boom: a video of Spiderman hanging out with girls in bikinis trying …

Technology (Australia)

I put my teens on a digital detox – the results shocked me

I never realised just how damaging our obsession with smartphones and our switched-on lifestyle was, nor how addictive screen time was, until I put …

Social Media

Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents.

With good reason, much of the concern about misogyny is currently focused on the workplace. As the #MeToo testimonials have shown, the professional world all too frequently tasks women with silent endurance of morally unacceptable (or downright criminal) behavior. But even those of us who have …

Parenting

Google Family Link: How Parents Can Monitor Their Child's Mobile Phone

It can be scary for parents to give their kid a mobile phone. Back in the day all teens were able to do was call or text their mates but now, with …

Parenting

It's not just mums who need to avoid alcohol when trying for a baby

Abstaining from alcohol during preconception and pregnancy is usually considered to be the woman’s responsibility. The main concern surrounding …

Research

PC versus console: where should a young gamer swear their allegiance?

Providing tech support for a teenage gamer proves challenging when they start to push the limits of your household tech.<p>My son recently turned 14, …

Gaming Consoles

On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters

It was a typical night in Staci Burns’s house outside Fort Wayne, Ind. She was cooking dinner while her 3-year-old son, Isaac, watched videos on the YouTube Kids app on an iPad. Suddenly he cried out, “Mommy, the monster scares me!”<p>When Ms. Burns walked over, Isaac was watching a video featuring …

Kids

Who's the boss?

<b>(CNN) —</b> My younger daughter, age 5, made a failed coup attempt during a recent school-night bedtime routine. In retaliation for my insistence that she actually stay in bed, she uttered the classic pint-sized revolutionary cry: "You're not in charge of me!"<p>I had to stifle laughter because her …

Parenting

Why did you become a parent? The answer could help you be a better one

<b>(CNN) —</b> Have you ever asked yourself why you wanted (or want) to have children?<p>Those who wrestled with the decision or struggled to conceive a child have probably thought about it a good deal. And some have always known the answer, maybe since they were kids themselves.<p>But for many parents and …

Parenting

How to support teenagers through exam time

<b>Clinical psychologist Amy Wilson-Hughes shares some advice for parents and whānau to help their teens deal with the stress of exams.</b><p>I spend my days …

Parenting

A healthier Halloween for kids, without cutting out candy? Yes, really.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, I looked forward all year to dressing up and going trick-or-treating. I still love putting on costumes and carving pumpkins.<p>But as much as I love the holiday, it also has its share of detractors. There is plenty of debate about whether …

Eating

How Old Is Too Old to Trick-Or-Treat on Halloween?

As Halloween approaches, a long-debated question arises: How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?<p>The answers vary. One town in Canada has drawn a …

Parenting

10 things no one tells you about living with young adults

No one ever talks about what it's really like living with "yadults", because there is so much hypocrisy involved. You want them to join you around …

New Zealand News

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the …

Education

Grandparents must be included in decisions about children in out-of-home care

Across Australia, growing numbers of children are entering out-of-home care, including disproportionate numbers of Indigenous children. As a …

Child Protection

How to talk to your child about suicide

Unfortunately many lives are touched by suicide. And while you may want to hide the means of death from your child, this may not be possible, …

Mental Health

My son deleted Instagram – but why is it so hard for so many teenagers?

Schools and parents need a greater awareness that our children want to be less dependent on social media and their online life<p>Last November, after the US presidential election, I stopped using Facebook in a fit of moral high dudgeon over the by now familiar claims that it had spread and profited …

Social Media

Childhood bullying anxiety declines over time, study says

<b>Anxiety and depression caused by childhood bullying decreases over time, showing that children are able to recover, a study suggests.</b><p>The University College London study of 11,000 twins found anxiety problems were still present two years on, but had disappeared after five years.<p>It said minimising …

Mental Health

Scared Kids | How to Deal with Fear | Getting Over Fear

When tragedy strikes, as parents you find yourself doubly challenged: to process your own feelings of grief and distress, and to help your children …