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NSPCC launches social network awareness campaign

BBC News | Scotland | 9 January 2015

A leading children's charity has launched a campaign highlighting the risks of social networking, aimed at young people and their parents.

It was introduced after many children were given smart phones, tablets or games consoles for Christmas.

NSPCC Scotland said popular social networking sites were often too easy for youngsters to join.


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Worrying rise of the iPad childminder

Tanith Carey and Antonia Hoyle | Daily Mail | 8 January 2015
More and more parents admit using tablets to keep their children quiet 
  • The royals have admitted Prince George knows what to do with an iPad
  • They are by no means the only family in the country giving out technology at a young age
  • In a time where iPaddy has become a popular phrase, more and more children are being given the Apple products


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Parents 'consider quitting work over childcare costs'

BBC NEWS | Education & Family | 8 Jan 2015

One in five UK parents with childcare costs will reduce the hours they work or consider giving up work altogether in 2015, a survey suggests.

More than a quarter (28%) of the same parents will be cutting back on treats in order to meet childcare costs, the poll indicates.

And 16% say they will have to cut back on essentials over the next 12 months. The survey of 1,000 parents paying for childcare was commissioned by the family charity 4Children.


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New Change4Life campaign encourages families to make sugar swaps

Public Health England | 5 January 2015

Netmums survey shows two-thirds of mums are worried about sugar in their children’s diets.

A new Change4Life campaign launched today by Public Health England encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume by making one or more simple swaps.

The campaign launches following a new survey amongst Netmums users who were polled on their views on sugar. The results highlight that nearly half (47%) of mums surveyed think their family has too much sugar in their diets and two-thirds of mums (67%) are worried about the amount of sugar their children consume.

Eating and drinking too much sugar means extra calories, which causes fat to build up inside the body. This can lead to heart disease, some cancers or type 2 diabetes later in life.


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About the BHF Campaign 2015

One in four of our loved ones are lost to heart and circulatory disease, so on 6 February we’re asking the nation to show their support by wearing red and hosting an event to fund our life-saving research.

Whoever you are doing it for, and whatever you decide to wear, you can get involved in your workplace, school or with friends and family.

Hosting an event is easy and we’ve got loads of ideas to help get you started.

When you sign up we will send you a fabulous free fundraising kit full of fun ideas to hold a successful event and raise money towards our fight.


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Fast food found to hinder children’s brain development

Mike Valles, National Monitor | December 31, 2014

Research reveals that children’s brains may be hindered from developing as expected because of something as simple as fast food.

The adolescent years are supposed to be a time when the brain develops as expected. Everyone wants their children to mature emotionally, physically, and academically. Recent research, however, reveals that the brain of children may be being hindered from developing as expected because of something as simple as fast food.

The journal Clinical Pediatrics reported recently that common fast foods are actually leading children to have lower test scores. Those who ate frequently at popular fast food places such as McDonald’s, Burger King, and similar places, were found to be more likely to test lower in key subjects like math, science and reading.

In the study, researchers chose to use 10-year-olds. They used 11,700 of them, and also considered other factors such as the economic situation of their family, their location, how active they were, and how much TV the children watched.


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New rules for healthy school dinners

BBC News | EDUCATION & FAMILY | Jan 1 2015

New rules for school meals in England will come into force next week, at the beginning of the new term.

Meals must include one or more portions of vegetables or salad every day and no more than two portions of fried foods or pastry-based foods each week.

The rules promote drinking water and limit fruit juice servings to 150ml.

The new regulations are mandatory for local authority schools, new free schools and schools that convert to academy status.


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Study Backs Health-Promoting Text Messages

Molly Walker | Contributing Writer, MedPage Today | PEDIATRICS | 29 Dec 2014

Sending electronic text messages that not only reminded parents that their children needed a second influenza vaccine dose but also contained other health information was more effective than plain reminders in getting the kids to come in for the booster, researchers reported.