Childrens literature

Children waiting up to 18 months for mental health treatment – CQC – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Children with mental health problems are waiting up to 18 months to be treated, a government ordered report will reveal next week in an indictment of the poor care many receive. A Care Quality Commission report into child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) will warn that long delays for treatment are damaging the health of young people with anxiety, depression and other conditions. The NHS watchdog will conclude that…

Farmer starved and beat his three children for a decade after suffering a breakdown when two of his sons drowned – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

A wealthy farmer who suffered a breakdown after the death of two of his sons, kept his remaining three children “virtual prisoners” in their own home, starving them and subjecting them to horrendous cruelty. Derek Rawlinson, 80, inflicted ten years of sadistic punishment on his surviving two daughters and one son, prompting two of them to attempt suicide in a bid to escape the horror. He had a severe mental…

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital remembers its namesake – MLive.com

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Long before the Grand Rapids children’s hospital bore her first name, Helen DeVos created a holiday tradition of visiting the young patients at DeVos Children’s Hospital.  During those December visits, she read books. It was a natural way to connect for the former elementary school teacher, who gave up her career to help her husband launch Amway, a business that would make them billionaires. Kids took…

“A volcano inside of me”: the young children experiencing mental health problems – New Statesman

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

“A washing machine tummy”, “a volcano inside of me” – these are some of the ways young children can describe anxiety and other mental health issues, according to staff at YoungMinds, a mental health charity. In 2016, Childline reported a 15 per cent in suicidal calls, with children as young as 10. There has been a steep rise in self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16. Increasingly, there is talk of…

Screen time can actually be beneficial to children, claims child media expert – The Independent

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Children under the age of nine spend more than two hours a day on screens, a new report has found. More than one in three kids aged eight and younger even have their own tablet devices. Whilst these stats might be setting off alarm bells for parents, children’s media expert Sara DeWitt insists that screen time can actually be beneficial for kids. Speaking at TED in April, DeWitt debunked three…

Ebola’s Legacy: Children With Cataracts – New York Times

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Aminata lost her father and a grandmother, an aunt and several cousins. Other patients at the eye hospital said their immediate families had been wiped out. Many survivors suffer from “post-Ebola syndrome” — debilitating muscle and joint pain, headaches, fatigue, hearing loss and other lingering ills, sometimes even seizures. A Virus That Lurks in the Eye Like the patients he is now trying to help, Dr. Crozier was blinded in…

New Zealand library cracks case of the missing books – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A library in New Zealand has solved a longstanding mystery as to why books were going missing and reappearing in strange and hidden places. Auckland library staff grew increasingly puzzled when books kept turning up in unusual places, tucked under tables and chairs and hidden in hard-to-find spots around the library. “It was really odd and we couldn’t quite figure it out, we were finding books delicately tucked under shelves…

Don’t tell children to ‘sit still’ – they will end up as fat couch potatoes – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Telling children to “sit still” sets them up for a lifetime of obesity, a report by MPs and peers has warned. Parents and teachers should “treasure the young child’s natural inclination to be physically active” instead of telling them to stop fidgeting or to be seated for long periods, the parliamentary group said. Fitness experts said today’s children were being fed a diet of “sofa and screen time” while being…

Don’t tell children to ‘sit still’ – they will end up as fat couch potatoes – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Telling children to “sit still” sets them up for a lifetime of obesity, a report by MPs and peers has warned. Parents and teachers should “treasure the young child’s natural inclination to be physically active” instead of telling them to stop fidgeting or to be seated for long periods, the parliamentary group said. Fitness experts said today’s children were being fed a diet of “sofa and screen time” while being…

Britain’s desperately unhappy children need more time with mummy – and less online – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

When we opened the phone lines in October 1986, we were inundated with calls. Thanks to the anonymity of the phone line, young people felt safe to ask for help, and the vast majority of calls were about physical and sexual abuse. From the very start we heard from children who felt life was not worth living, usually because they were being threatened into silence by their abusers. Some things…

NFL – Ten underdogs covering fuel huge NFL Sunday for books – ESPN

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

10:52 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Las Vegas sportsbooks didn’t win every decision from Sunday’s 12-game NFL slate. Some bookmakers had to settle for coming out ahead in only 11 of them. The Westgate SuperBook and Caesars Palace sportsbooks each went 11-1 on Sunday and enjoyed their best week of the season as 10 underdogs covered the spread, with eight pulling outright upsets. “We didn’t…

Children born in Afghanistan captivity fear new lives in Canada won’t last – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

After years of living underground, shuffled between cells no bigger than a bathtub, the three children of a US-Canada couple held for years by Islamist militants are marveling at the sun and adjusting to their first taste of freedom – but are still terrified that “this magical wonderland” will end, their father has said. Joshua Boyle, his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their children were rescued on Wednesday, after being…

Prince Harry meets ‘amazingly brave’ children with serious illnesses – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“It’s quite daunting at first meeting him, but he’s so down-to-earth – really inspirational, very caring. “What he does with WellChild, it means the world to us.”  After spending three hours at the event, the Prince did not go home empty-handed either. Erin Cross, a seven-year-old who has battled leukaemia for five years, gave him a felt-tip pen picture of the two of them, and a helicopter flying over head….

Don’t tell children to ‘sit still’ – they will end up as fat couch potatoes – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Telling children to “sit still” sets them up for a lifetime of obesity, a report by MPs and peers has warned. Parents and teachers should “treasure the young child’s natural inclination to be physically active” instead of telling them to stop fidgeting or to be seated for long periods, the parliamentary group said. Fitness experts said today’s children were being fed a diet of “sofa and screen time” while being…

Underdogs fuel huge NFL Sunday for books – ESPN

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

10:52 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Las Vegas sportsbooks didn’t win every decision from Sunday’s 12-game NFL slate. Some bookmakers had to settle for coming out ahead in only 11 of them. The Westgate SuperBook and Caesars Palace sportsbooks each went 11-1 on Sunday and enjoyed their best week of the season as 10 underdogs covered the spread, with eight pulling outright upsets. “We didn’t…

Pedophile geophysicist described as ‘savage individual’ admits luring children, adults into online sex abuse – Fox News

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Falder shared the abuse images using names such as “666devil” and “evil mind”  (Scotland Yard/Sky News) A gifted young scientist has admitted cajoling children and adults into online sex abuse and blackmailing them into performing even more degrading acts. Geophysicist Matthew Falder, 28, lead a secret double life during years of study at Cambridge University, where he was known as a fun party-goer. He used many false…

Rescued hostage Joshua Boyle says children are ‘improving’ – ABC News

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Rescued Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle said his children are “improving” after spending their entire life being held captive in the mountains of Afghanistan. “The children are improving, we mentioned before that the eldest Najaeshi Jonah was doing well but that his younger brother Dhakwoen Noah was still struggling as much as ever with even just being able to look at his grandparents faces without terror,” Boyle told CP24 in an…

Rescued hostage Joshua Boyle says children are ‘improving’ – ABC News

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Rescued Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle said his children are “improving” after spending their entire life being help captive in the mountains of Afghanistan. “The children are improving, we mentioned before that the eldest Najaeshi Jonah was doing well but that his younger brother Dhakwoen Noah was still struggling as much as ever with even just being able to look at his grandparents faces without terror,” Boyle told CP24 in an…

Children of disabled or single parents more likely to claim welfare themselves – report – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017

Parental disability and single parenthood are the “clearest pathways” for the transfer of disadvantage from one generation to the next, a new report finds. The report, authored jointly by the universities of Sydney and Melbourne, has called for a greater policy focus on “leveling the playing field” for children in vulnerable families. “Disparities in young people’s outcomes are not simply the result of their – or their parents’ – differential…