Child researchers find growing link between pandemic screen time and school refusal rates

Child researchers find growing link between pandemic screen time and school refusal rates

The first week of school is over in Queensland and another is beginning, but many parents and carers may already feel a little battle-weary as children push back against going to class. Key points: The use of screens during COVID-19’s onset led to more screen addiction, researchers say Psychologists believe some children use screens excessively … Read more

Surgeon General says 13 is ‘too early’ to join social media

Surgeon General says 13 is ‘too early’ to join social media

CNN — US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he believes 13 is too young for children to be on social media platforms, because although sites allow children of that age to join, kids are still “developing their identity.” Meta, Twitter, and a host of other social media giants currently allow 13-year-olds to join their platforms. … Read more

Victorian schools dealing with hundreds of vacant teacher positions

Victorian schools dealing with hundreds of vacant teacher positions

Victoria’s extreme teacher shortage has reached a crisis point as students return to the classroom, with more than 900 positions in government schools still advertised. Key points: Some schools have resorted to offering cash bonuses up to $10,000 to woo teachers A school principal received one application for a job that usually attracts up to … Read more

Children’s immune systems do not develop ‘adaptive’ memory to protect against second time SARS-CoV-2 infection

Children have largely avoided severe COVID-19 symptoms because they have a strong initial ‘innate’ immune reaction that quickly defeats the virus. And now, researchers led by scientists at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have uncovered what this might mean for the immune system. Unlike those of adults, children’s immune systems don’t remember the virus … Read more

WA town bans sale of energy drinks to under 18s to combat declining mental health

A small West Australian town will ban people under 18 from buying energy drinks as part of a four-month research trial. Key points: Young people will be banned from buying energy drinks in Bridgetown, WA The ban is part of a four-month research trial conducted by health professionals Doctors say energy drinks have been increasing … Read more

Study finds autism rates have tripled among young kids: What to know

Researchers at Rutgers University looked at more than 4,000 8-year-olds in the New York and New Jersey areas. They said the sharp rise in autism rates is largely due to greater awareness, better diagnosis tools and a broader definition of autism. Researchers also noted the greatest increases in diagnoses were among affluent children, concluding that … Read more

John Legend shares his first picture of new baby girl Esti

CNN — John Legend shared his first photo with newborn daughter, Esti, on social media. The singer and his wife Chrissy Teigen recently welcomed Esti Maxine Stephens, who shares Legend’s birth surname. Legend is holding the baby in the picture, captioned, “Our new love.” Teigen commented, “eeeeee I love her.” “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan … Read more

More than a dozen children suffer minor injuries in fire in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens

KEW GARDENS HILLS, Queens (WABC) — At least a dozen children are being treated for injuries after a fire at a two-story home in Queens. There was a report of a fire in the basement at the building on 147-07 72nd Drive 147th St. around 2 p.m The NYPD said the home had a day … Read more

Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt takes body positivity message to kids

Australian of the Year for 2023 Taryn Brumfitt is on a mission to stop children growing up to hate their bodies. Key points: Taryn Brumfitt was named Australian of the Year for 2023 on Wednesday night Her reverse “before and after” photo flipped traditional ideas about the kind of body women should aspire to Ms … Read more

Paris Hilton appears to announce the arrival of her first baby

CNN — Paris Hilton seems to have announced the birth of her first child with husband Carter Reum. Sharing a picture of a baby’s hand clutching a woman’s thumb, the media personality and heiress wrote on Instagram Tuesday: “You are already loved beyond words,” alongside a blue heart emoji. CNN has reached out to Hilton’s … Read more