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There is no research evidence that spanking improves child behaviour. On the contrary, spanking is associated with aggression, antisocial behaviour, mental health problems and negative relationships with parents.

Why parents should never spank children

The debate on spanking is over. Scientific studies consistently show that it is harmful to children, increasing the likelihood of mental health problems and antisocial behaviours.
As kids head back to school this week across Canada, many will be victims or perpetrators of bullying. (Shutterstock)

A new way to reduce playground bullying

A new mentorship program uses fiction to teach children's rights, and to help kids understand and prevent bullying.
Snow White and other stories from Grimms’ Fairy Tales offer examples of abusive “childism” in children’s literature. (Wikamedia Commons)

How to choose picture books that will empower, not damage, a child

For centuries, most children’s books reinforced messages that children are unimportant, incompetent and powerless. Children need to shape up and adopt adults’ values. Children must change to fit into an…
The case of Baby Gammy made the Australian public confront the often-disturbing reality of the international commercial surrogacy industry. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

2014: the year international surrogacy came to the fore

This year the international spotlight turned with full-force on cross-border commercial surrogacy. The reality of children being born this way and the potentially devastating consequences of babies being…

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