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New research shows that young children with disabilities have markedly low levels of physical activity, which means they are missing out on the numerous benefits of engaging in physical activity. (Shutterstock)

Young children with disabilities are excluded from national physical activity monitoring. That needs to change.

Given the physical, social and economic prioritization of physical activity in our society, why are young children with disabilities missed from physical activity monitoring and reporting?
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!
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?
Enshrining and enforcing the status of a ‘protected class’ for children engaged in athletic work would be a major step toward achieving children’s rights in sport. (Shutterstock)

With Olympics approaching, it’s time to recognize children as a protected class in sport

With the Paris Olympics and the 35th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child approaching, now is the ideal time to focus on protecting the rights of child athletes.
Former PM Gordon Brown says more than 3 million children born after 2010 live in poverty. Victoria Jones/PA Images/Alamy

Gordon Brown wants £3 billion for the ‘austerity generation’. But the UK needs a more enduring solution

Targeting benefits at the most vulnerable sounds like good sense – but a wider support system could be more effective at tackling poverty.
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.
Social interactions with parents, friends and teachers can have profound impacts on a child’s learning, development and understanding. What if some of those interactions are with AI systems? (Shutterstock)

AI products for kids promising friendship and learning? 3 things to consider

Before charging ahead to a world of AI babysitters and teacher or companion robots, we should consider this technology carefully to assess its appropriateness in children’s lives.
While the mother’s face isn’t fully visible, the supportive arms encircling her child are. © Andrea Kaston Tange. All images are from the author’s private collection

‘Hidden mother’ photos don’t erase moms − rather, they reveal the labor and love that support the child

Mothers are smudged out and poorly cloaked beneath drapes in these 19th century portraits. But these photos are not so much relics of shoddy photography than an ode to childhood.
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?

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