Every year, humanitarian disasters take a devastating toll on the lives and futures of millions of children around the world, and 2012 was no exception. The numbers of children affected are staggering, so much that it is hard to comprehend why so many of these disasters rarely make the headlines.
This week children and teenagers all over the UK will be packing their new pencil cases and grabbing their school bags ready for the new school term in the UK’s 30,000 or so schools.
Everyday Sexism: It isn’t restricted to adults – even young girls in school uniform share their experiences
There is a common misconception that sexism is something that only affects young women, or pretty women, women with large breasts or blondes.
I’ve argued for and against violence and other explicit content in videogames before and have often expressed disappointment at uncontextualised ‘adult’ content, but there is a point where the expression and consumption of mature themes and imagery enters into the realms of personal responsibility.
Following the recent success at the Olympics, there has been a huge increase in the amount of rhetoric regarding the sporting future of the education system.
A recent story described how the parents of a 12-year-old boy, Adam Lewis, who’d been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor opted to tell their son about the tumor but not to disclose that it was terminal. Why? Because they wanted their son to be able to enjoy the year he had without the potentially paralyzing anxiety of knowing that his days were numbered.
Trends in parenting come and go as quickly as the latest fashion trends on the catwalk.
Why on earth has Michael Gove commissioned yet another report on school dinners? Are they under orders to come up with something significantly different from what Jamie Oliver told the last government?
Yesterday was a reassuringly positive day. I tabled the second reading of my Smoke-free Private Vehicles Bill, which aims to legislate against people smoking in the car when children are on board. Whilst no peer voiced objection to the principle that children need protection, there was some debate over the method through which this could be achieved.
British school children are in school for just a few hours five days a week for around 38/40 weeks a year. It really doesn’t add up to very much overall so why do we allow so much of that precious time to be wasted?
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