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Minions, contrary to parental fears, have not been swearing at children – but why would that be a problem anyway? Daniel Go

Foul-mouthed Minions? Some myths about children and swearing

Parental concerns that Minions given as toys in McDonald's Happy Meals have been dropping the F-bomb raises an issue: how far – if at all – should we go to prevent children from exposure to "bad" language?
Children need to get involved in classroom decisions that affect them, rather than just answering questions when prompted to do so. Thomas Mukoya /Reuters

Being seen as well as heard can transform children’s lives

At its simplest, participation is about allowing children to get involved in making decisions that affect their own lives and their own learning experiences.
Makies was the first company to respond to the #ToyLikeMe social media campaign. Image courtesy of MyMakie

Disability and dolls: #ToyLikeMe is a mark of progress

Makies, the #toyslikeme campaign and the broader focus on disability in digital spaces show we are in the midst of a significant shift towards an inclusive world view of disability.
Children growing up in a world of social media are developing a very different conception of privacy to that of their parents. Ed Ivanushkin/Flickr

Online and out there: how children view privacy differently from adults

Many people are shocked by what children are willing to share about themselves online. Is it that they don't understand privacy, or just have a different conception of it compared to adults?
A traditionalist view of childhood has created certain fears among adults regarding children and technology. www.shutterstock.com

Speaking with: Joanne Orlando on children and technology

Speaking with: Joanne Orlando on children and technology. CC BY-SA25.7 MB (download)
Should we be worried that ever more devices and software applications are made specifically for an increasingly younger audience?
Sometimes the inhibitions of educators can stand in the way of kids' creativity. Mikael Wiman/Flickr

‘But I’m not artistic’: how teachers shape kids' creative development

Many adults believe they are not artistic and feel nervous about visual art. They vividly recall the moment when a teacher or family member discouraged their efforts to creatively express their ideas through…
The No Gender December campaign suggests that the gender stereotyping of toys restricts children’s creativity and development. Tracheotomy Bob

Barbie for boys? The gendered tyranny of the toy store

“I didn’t encourage my daughter to play with Barbie dolls and dress up in flouncy fairy costumes, but she just gravitated toward them.” When confronted with the idea that gendered marketing and stereotypes…
Not so easy to beat me. arichards-gallery

Now we know why it’s so hard to deceive children

Daily interactions require bargaining, be it for food, money or even making plans. These situations inevitably lead to a conflict of interest as both parties seek to maximise their gains. To deal with…

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