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In a Spring 2022 survey of parents with kids between ages six and 17 years, more than 50 per cent perceived that their child had needed help regarding their emotional or behavioural problems in the past six months. (Shutterstock)

On World Children’s Day, let’s recognize that children’s rights include mental health

Canada ranks 30th out of 38 wealthy nations in supporting the mental health and well-being of children. The need to invest in and prioritize mental health for children and young people is urgent.
Electronic devices are not, in and of themselves, a source of visual problems. Using these devices inappropriately can interfere with the natural development of the eye, as well as reading and learning skills. Shutterstock

Development of vision in early childhood: No screens before age two

The impact of using electronic devices is critical during the first years of life, both visually and on the cognitive and social development of the child.
Children living in low-income neighborhoods with ‘hands-off’ norms about safety showed higher levels of reactivity in a region of the brain associated with emotion processing and threat detection. DenisTangneyJr/E+ via Getty Images

Kids’ neighborhoods can affect their developing brains, a new study finds

The latest findings add to the understanding of how social disadvantage such as poverty and low-quality, unsafe housing can affect early child development.
Millions of U.S. children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years will soon be eligible for COVID-19 shots. FatCamera/E+ via Getty Images

At last, COVID-19 shots for little kids – 5 essential reads

The FDA’s authorization of COVID-19 shots for children ages 6 months to 4 years will bring relief for millions of parents. Pending CDC endorsement, shots for this group will be available within days.
Abortion-rights demonstrators hold up letters spelling out ‘My Choice,’ Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Denying abortion access has a negative impact on children and families

Restricting abortion access has negative effects on parents, as well as children and families, including increased poverty, unemployment, pregnancy-related deaths and higher health risks in children.

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