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School children walk along a quiet street in Nakano, Tokyo. Image: Rebecca Clements

Japan’s Old Enough and Australia’s Bluey remind us our kids are no longer ‘free range’ – but we can remake our neighbourhoods

Seeing Japanese parents send toddlers out on their own to do errands has shocked viewers. But not that long ago our neighbourhoods were also child-friendly, and we can make them so again.
Support for young internet users needs to come from parents, teachers, governments and the social media industry. Adam and Kev via GettyImages

Children’s mental health and the digital world: how to get the balance right

Understanding the impact of the digital environment on children’s mental health requires a balanced consideration of not only the potential risks, but also the benefits of the online world.
The majority of fire-related deaths that occurred in 2020 took place in people’s homes. Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

10 fire safety tips to help keep you and your kids alive and safe

Last year, 3,500 Americans were killed by house fires. A former fire and explosion investigator has 10 tips to keep you and your children safe this holiday season.
Warning labels seem like a good way to keep kids from sharing risky photos, but research data suggests otherwise. Clover No.7 Photography/Moment via Getty Images

Could Apple’s child safety feature backfire? New research shows warnings can increase risky sharing

Studies about warning labels aimed at protecting privacy raise red flags about Apple’s efforts to keep kids from sharing sexually explicit material.
Have real conversations with your kids about what they’re doing, and the potential consequences of their actions. from shutterstock.com

Five ways parents can help their kids take risks – and why it’s good for them

Taking risks helps children test new ideas and find personal capabilities and limits. Here are five lessons from early childhood educators to help parents encourage their kids to take risks, safely.
‘Soft fall’ surfaces are widely used in play areas where children might fall, but can also get very hot in the sun, which undermines this safety benefit. Brisbane City Council/Flickr

Materials that make heat worse for our kids demand a rethink by designers

Commonly used surfaces in play areas, such as “soft fall” materials and Astroturf, can heat up to 80-100°C in the sun. This makes them a hazardous design choice, especially as the climate gets hotter.

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