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The calls to action haven’t resulted in much change. We need to do better. The stakes are enormous. (Shutterstock)

Pink Shirt Day must become a call to meaningful action against bullying

Canada has marked Pink Shirt Day since 2007, but meaningful progress in tackling bullying requires solidarity from youth, teachers, schools, parents, governments and the general public.
Children’s TV shows are typically designed to improve their viewers’ cognitive, social and moral development. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Saldukas/Released via Flickr

Making the moral of the story stick − a media psychologist explains the research behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ and other children’s TV

Many children’s educational shows undergo pre-screening to make sure each episode delivers its intended message. Adult viewers watching alongside kids can help ensure the lessons are well received.
Students’ lockers are seen an elementary school in Toronto on Jan. 9, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Trauma-informed approaches to discipline matter for equitable and safe schooling

Additional research and attention is needed — particularly in Canada — to provide schools with evidence-based, trauma-informed and culturally attuned approaches to school discipline.
‘Back to basics’ language used by the government distracts from the importance of continuously updating and revising curriculum. (Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages)

Changes are coming to Ontario’s kindergarten program — what parents and caregivers need to know

We need to ensure the best scientific research in play-based learning and early reading is leveraged, and teachers receive supports to meet children’s developmental and academic needs.
The birth of children results in large earnings losses that are not equally distributed within heterosexual couples. (Shutterstock)

The motherhood pay gap: Why women’s earnings decline after having children

New research shows that women’s earnings are negatively impacted by having children, while men’s aren’t. The effects can be long-lasting and contribute to the gender pay gap.
In a research study on the accessibility of French immersion, one parent was told she faced a three-year wait to access reading supports for her child. (Andrew Ebrahim/Unsplash)

Schools have a long way to go to offer equitable learning opportunities, especially in French immersion

Parents in a study about the accessibility of French immersion programs discussed inadequate support for learning to read and feeling pressured to pay for expensive tutors.
Bill S-210, designed to protect minors online from exposure to sexually explicit material, passed a second reading in the House of Commons in December 2023. (Shutterstock)

Canada should not fall behind on implementing safety measures for children online

Canada needs to take action immediately to protect children online from exposure to age-inappropriate material. More stringent age verification measures need to be in place.
Technology-facilitated sexual violence can have significant consequences on a person’s health and well-being. (Shutterstock)

Canadian schools need to address digital sexual violence in their curricula and policies

It’s time we stop treating young people’s experiences in digital and physical spaces as distinct and mutually exclusive.

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