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To reduce alcohol consumption among young people, parental rules are more effective than daily discussions. (Shutterstock)

Alcohol consumption among teenagers: Parents need to set rules and not just talk about it

Parents of teenagers play an important role in their alcohol consumption. A new study shows that parental rules are the key, and that talking is not all that useful!
Shifting sport to Health Canada could transform the landscape of Canadian sports by addressing existing challenges and introducing a fresh focus on athletes’ physical and mental well-being. (Shutterstock)

Ottawa should prioritize the health of all athletes, especially children

There is an urgent need to shift sports administration to Health Canada, which should prioritize the health and well-being of all athletes, especially children.
A new report from the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo sheds light on how young people (15 to 35 years of age) view their work environments. (Shutterstock)

Young Canadians prefer in-person and hybrid work, according to a new report

The stereotypes around young people only caring about being online are rampant but they are worth questioning — or at least being put in context.
Efforts to ban smart phones in classrooms are well intentioned and seek to support youth, but research supporting these practices is still unsettled. (Shutterstock)

Social media warning labels and school cell phone bans: Do they unlock better youth mental health?

Concerns surrounding cell phones and social media are grabbing headlines, but what does the science say?
Young people in the U.S. are growing up in a very different world today than before the fall of Roe. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Abortion bans are changing what it means to be young in America

The 2022 Dobbs decision that overturned 50 years of abortion rights is affecting where young people choose to go to college, to work and to live, as well as the way they vote.
While climate change presents obstacles for children’s physical activity levels, there are ways to help children and youth stay active while building resilience. (Shutterstock)

Climate change is a new hurdle for children’s physical activity levels in Canada

The changing climate is an added barrier to getting children and youth in Canada to meet the minimum guidelines for being physically active.
Five Ontario school boards are suing the companies behind major social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, alleging their addictive products have caused the students to suffer from mental health issues, and causing widespread damage and disruption to the education system.

Why students harmed by addictive social media need more than cellphone bans and surveillance

Is a cellphone ban, along with increased surveillance, the right way to deal with the impact of addictive and harmful technology in classrooms?
Refilling a reusable water bottle has become routine for many, and education can inspire similar large-scale behaviour shifts. A water bottle filling station in Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. (NPS Climate Change Response/Flickr)

Earth Day 2024: ‘Green muscle memory’ and climate education promote behaviour change

Sparking global momentum and energy in young people through climate education can go a long way to addressing climate change now and in the near future.
Some fault teachers for an inability to restrict phone use at school. But both students and some parents resist this, and problems far exceed in-class distraction. A student puts her phone in a holder at Delta High School in Delta, Utah, in February 2024. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

School board social media lawsuits: For too long we’ve sought individual solutions to a collective problem

Four Canadian school boards are suing social media giants. This comes as 95 per cent of Ontario schools report needing more resources to support student mental health.
Eating disorders are on the rise in youth, with research showing that health-care visits for eating disorders have doubled since before the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Spotting the signs of disordered eating in youth: Tips for parents and caregivers

Parents and other supportive adults can learn to recognize young people’s symptoms of disordered eating, which is a spectrum of unhealthy eating patterns and behaviour.
People who have lived experience in child welfare systems have higher rates of homelessness. A homeless tent is seen in a park in Saint-Jerome, Que. on Jan. 25, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

Canada is falling behind other countries in meeting the needs of former youth in care

Canada needs to focus on tracking, monitoring and evaluating the economic, health and social outcomes of former youth in care, especially as they transition from government care.
Racialized immigrant parents in a study had to find ways to navigate the education system as newcomers, while also addressing intended and unintended effects of special education programs for their children. (Mche Lee/Unsplash)

Navigating special education labels is complex, and it matters for education equity

A study of newcomer Latin American and Black Caribbean parents in Ontario schools found many parents felt excluded from processes surrounding assessments for their child’s learning needs.
An investment in a national school food program today is an investment in a stronger Canada tomorrow. (Shutterstock)

Beyond the cafeteria: The economic case for investing in school meals

From reducing families’ grocery bills to boosting the economy, school meals offer far-reaching benefits, fostering both immediate well-being and long-term economic prosperity.

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