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Students who were highly engaged in instrumental music were, on average, over one year ahead in their math, English and science skills. (Shutterstock)

Music engagement and achievement predicts higher grades in math, science and English

Researchers who looked at over 110,000 students found that learning an instrument in elementary school, and continuing music study into high school, significantly improves school achievement.
Excess screen time for children and adolescents is linked to many negative outcomes such as obesity, language delays and antisocial behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Five tips to manage screen time this summer

School is out and screens make tempting babysitters. Follow these recommendations to allow your child some screen time without compromising their health and development.
Africa has focused on tackling undernutrition caused by low calorie diets. IFPRI

Seven African countries show how the battle against malnutrition can be won

Policy choices made by Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Togo over the past 15 years have led to significant reductions in child undernourishment.
The number of children with flat head has risen in recent years in part due to SIDS guidelines, which recommend placing babies on their backs to sleep. from www.shutterstock.com

Do you need to worry if your baby has a flat head?

Parents who notice their child has a flat head should talk to a GP or specialist to see if any treatment is needed.
I can’t see you, you can’t see me. Child image via www.shutterstock.com.

Young children are terrible at hiding – psychologists have a new theory why

Little kids cover their own eyes and feel hidden, even if they're still fully visible. New research suggests this doesn't mean children can't understand others' perspectives, as had been assumed.
If you think about it, producing graduates who can think critically is good for any society. From www.shutterstock.com

Working together for critical thinking in schools

The ability to think critically benefits individuals and societies. Why, then, is it so rare for critical thinking to be taught in schools?

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