Children need to understand the value of money, where it comes from and where it goes when they have spent it.
A book about dying, death, bereavement and coming to terms with loss has won the 2012 Carnegie Medal.
A few facts. Last year almost 70% of 16 year olds achieved at least 5 GCSE passes with grades A*-C. And 58% of GCSE sitters got 5 good passes including English and maths.
Paul Woodward recently hit the headlines for speaking out against parents who allow their children to sign up to Facebook despite being underage, even threatening parents that he will report them to social services. Facebook was also in the news at the weekend as it looks as if the site could remove the current age restriction of 13 and above, potentially opening the social network to millions of children.
Much ink has already been spilled on the recent, controversial, TIME magazine cover which features a photograph of a 26-year-old woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son. Some advocates have said that this is brilliant for the promotion of Attachment Parenting, with others saying that this sensationalizes the issue. But what does the cover – and the reactions to it – tell us about parenting culture more broadly?
Let me put my cards on the table. I am firmly in the camp which believes that television damages children and that the less they see the better.
The best possible training for any sort of writing is to read as many examples of the genre written by experienced people as you can. That way you absorb the conventions and possible approaches. You won’t write, say, a decent novel, play or poem unless you’ve read plenty of novels, plays or poems. And exactly the same principle applies to theatre reviewing.
Drought in the Sahel region of West Africa is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis; Henry Makiwa travels to Burkina Faso to see how the lack of rain and an influx of refugees have affected the country.
A predominant focus in the recent case of the sex gang found guilty of abusing teenagers in Manchester was on “Asian men” preying on “vulnerable white girls”. Yet last month, the alarming statistic from the NSPCC that a child is subjected to a sex crime every twenty minutes in the UK went shockingly under-reported, in one tabloid relegated to a tiny box on page twelve, as if it wasn’t even worthy of being considered news.
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