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Screen time guidelines need to be built on evidence, not hype | Science | The Guardian
An open letter signed by about 100 scientists 'from different countries and academic fields with research expertise and experience in screen time, child development and evidence-based policy.'
If the government were to implement guidelines on screen-based technology at this point, as the authors of the letter suggest, this would be on the basis of little to no evidence. This risks the implementation of unnecessary, ineffective or even potentially harmful policies. For guidelines to have a meaningful impact, they need to be grounded in robust research evidence and acknowledge that children’s health and wellbeing is a complex issue affected by many other factors, such as socioeconomic status, relational poverty, and family environment – all of which are likely to be more relevant for children’s health and well-being than screens. For example, there is no consistent evidence that more screen time leads to less outdoor play; if anything the evidence indicates that screen time and physical outdoor activity are unrelated, and reductions in average time spent in outdoor play over time seem to be driven by other factors. Policy efforts to increase outdoor play that focus on screen time are therefore likely to be ineffective.


(via Damien Mulley)
via:damienmulley  science  children  psychology  screens  screen-time  childhood  development  evidence  policy  health  open-letters 
9 weeks ago by jm
iKydz
'Total Parent Control' for kids internet access at home. Dublin-based product, dedicated wifi AP with lots of child-oriented filtering capabilities
filtering  security  ikydz  kids  children  internet  wifi  ap  hardware  blocking 
may 2017 by jm
Dinosaur Escape - BoardGameGeek
good kid's board game -- age 4+, 2-4 players.
The object of Dinosaur Escape is to get all three dinosaurs safely to Dinosaur Island before the volcano erupts! Work together to move the dinosaur movers around the board and uncover the matching dinosaurs under the fern tokens.

On your turn, roll the die. If you roll a number, move any dinosaur mover the indicated number of spaces any direction on the path. Then turn over one fern token anywhere on the board. If you reveal rocks, bones or other items, flip the token back over. If you reveal a dinosaur, and the dinosaur mover of the same species is in the same habitat area, move the dinosaur moved and matching token to Dinosaur Island. You just helped a dinosaur escape!

If you reveal a dinosaur but the dinosaur mover of the same species is not in the same habitat as the token, flip the token back over. Dinosaur movers and matching tokens must be in the same habitat to help a dinosaur escape! If you turn over the T-Rex, RUN! Move each of the dinosaur movers in play back to a start space. If you roll a volcano, place volcano piece number 1 in the stand on the board. If you can find and help all three lost dinosaurs escape to Dinosaur Island before completing the 3D volcano puzzle, you all win!
boardgames  reviews  kids  children  co-op  games  gaming 
march 2017 by jm
Mountain Munchkins
'Outdoor Kit for Mini Adventurers' -- kids outdoor gear, recommended by tyndyll on ITS
clothing  jackets  kids  children  shopping  outdoor 
october 2016 by jm
JG Ballard, on the "pram in the hall"
Cyril Connolly, the 50s critic and writer, said that the greatest enemy of creativity is the pram in the hall, but I think that was completely wrong. It was the enemy of a certain kind of dilettante life that he aspired to, the man of letters, but for the real novelist the pram in the hall is the greatest ally - it brings you up sharp and you realise what reality is all about. My children were a huge inspiration for me. Watching three young minds creating their separate worlds was a very enriching experience.
writing  creativity  jg-ballard  quotes  pram-in-the-hall  children  kids  parenting  biography 
october 2016 by jm
Sample letter to refuse permission for a child's data to be transferred into POD - Tuppenceworth.ie blog
The Department of Education has issued a new circular accepting it cannot defund the education of children whose parents do not want their kid’s data to be in POD [the privacy-infringing database of all Irish primary-school children]. They’ll only accept a written request as the basis of that refusal, however. So, here’s one you can use that meets the requirements. Send or give it to your school.
pod  privacy  ireland  children  kids  school 
june 2016 by jm
Let Them Make Noise: A ‘Dining Club’ Invites Toddlers - NYTimes.com
This is a great idea. I miss eating out, and this is why:
Throughout our three-hour meal, babies cried, mothers nursed, toddlers shrieked and farro grains flew, but the atmosphere was surprisingly leisurely. There was no reason to be self-conscious about a crying-nursing-dancing child because everyone knew every other parent was in the same boat. Or would be in a few seconds. So we relaxed and ate. This is not fine dining as I once knew it, and that’s O.K. That’s what date night is for. But my daughter got her first lesson in how to behave at a fancy restaurant. And I got to finish a delicious meal while it was still warm, toddler in tow.
kids  food  restaurants  eating  children  toddlers 
may 2016 by jm
The Melancholy Mystery of Lullabies - NYTimes.com
Fascinating article on lullabies:

One way a mother might bond with a newborn is by sharing her joy; another way is by sharing her grief or frustration. We see this in songs across time. A 200-year-old Arabic lullaby still sung today goes:

I am a stranger, and my neighbors are strangers;
I have no friends in this world.
Winter night and the husband is absent.

And an old Spanish lullaby from Asturias, written down by the poet Federico García Lorca, goes:

This little boy clinging so
Is from a lover, Vitorio,
May God, who gave, end my woe,
Take this Vitorio clinging so.

We assume the sound of these songs is sweet, as no lullaby endures without being effective at putting babies to sleep. Think of ‘‘Rock-a-bye Baby,’’ the way it tenderly describes an infant and its cradle falling to the ground: The singer gets to speak a fear, the baby gets to rest; the singer tries to accommodate herself to a possible loss that has for most of human history been rela­tively common, and the baby gets attentive care. In the Arabic and Spanish lullabies, the singers get to say something to the one being — their new burden, their new love — who can’t and won’t judge or discipline them for saying it. When even relatively happy, well-supported people become the primary caretaker of a very small person, they tend to find themselves eddied out from the world of adults. They are never alone — there is always that tiny person — and yet they are often lonely. Old songs let us feel the fellowship of these other people, across space and time, also holding babies in dark rooms.
lullabies  songs  singing  history  folk  babies  children 
april 2016 by jm
Primary Online Database: POD now (mostly) not compulsory (for now)
Ever since the introduction of the Primary Online Database of schoolchildren by the Department of Education, the Department and its Minister have been eager to point out that any parent who refused to allow a child’s data to be transferred would see that child’s education defunded.

Well, for all children other than this week’s crop of new Junior Infants, that threat has now collapsed. This is despite the Minister and her department having claimed that the drastic threat of defunding was because it simply wasn’t possible to give grants without a child’s full data being transferred. [...]

Oddly, as the prospect of defunding the education of 30% of the nation’s children in the run up to an election loomed large, the Department discovered it could, after all, pay for a child’s education without all its POD data.
pod  law  ireland  data-protection  privacy  children  school 
april 2016 by jm
Tots To Travel
'Baby Friendly Holidays | Child, Toddler & Family Villas | France | Spain | Portugal | Italy'. Joe swears by it, will give it a go next year
holidays  vacation  travel  europe  kids  children  via:joe 
may 2015 by jm
No POD
This group aims to consolidate opposition, give clear information and support letter writing and information awareness against the Dept. of Education's Primary Online Database.
pod  ireland  privacy  data-protection  children  kids  schools 
january 2015 by jm
Registering children: Ireland’s Primary Online Database
If you haven’t heard about it, it is a compulsory database of the personal information of children, including PPS numbers, ethnicity, race and language skills, to be held for decades and shared across State agencies.
privacy  ppsn  databases  pod  ireland  children  kids  primary-schools 
january 2015 by jm
Making your kid play organized sports could cost them their creativity
in spite of an overtly conservative analysis, the results were stark: time spent playing informal sports was significantly and positively related to overall creativity, while time spent playing organized sports was significantly and negatively related to overall creativity.
sports  leisure  fun  children  kids  creativity 
december 2014 by jm
Screen time: Steve Jobs was a low tech parent
“This is rule No. 1: There are no screens in the bedroom. Period. Ever.”
screen-time  kids  children  tv  mobile  technology  life  rules  parenting 
september 2014 by jm
You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet
an open letter from Cory Doctorow to teen readers re privacy.

'The problem with being a “digital native” is that it transforms all of your screw-ups into revealed deep truths about how humans are supposed to use the Internet. So if you make mistakes with your Internet privacy, not only do the companies who set the stage for those mistakes (and profited from them) get off Scot-free, but everyone else who raises privacy concerns is dismissed out of hand. After all, if the “digital natives” supposedly don’t care about their privacy, then anyone who does is a laughable, dinosauric idiot, who isn’t Down With the Kids.'
children  privacy  kids  teens  digital-natives  surveillance  cory-doctorow  danah-boyd 
may 2014 by jm
Girls and Software
a pretty thought-provoking article from Linux Journal on women in computing, and how we're doing it all wrong
feminism  community  programming  coding  women  computing  software  society  work  linux-journal  children  teaching 
february 2014 by jm
Survey results of EU teens using the internet
A lot of unsupervised use:
Just under half of children said they access the internet from their own bedroom on a daily basis with 22pc saying they do so several times a day.
surveys  eu  ireland  politics  filtering  internet  social-media  facebook  children  teens  cyber-bullying 
february 2014 by jm
A network of ‘homes’, where children’s happiness was relentlessly destroyed
Stories of this sort will tumble out to the inquiry over the next 18 months, making it plain that the network of “homes” where children’s happiness had relentlessly, deliberately, systematically been destroyed, this archipelago of Catholic evil, had covered the entire island. These things should be kept in mind when next we hear it said that the social ills of today can be explained by reference to loss of faith in the traditional institutions of moral authority. This is the reverse of the truth and an insult to the victims of an unforgiveable sin.
horror  care-homes  politics  catholicism  religion  ireland  derry  church  abuse  children 
january 2014 by jm
Reinforcing gender stereotypes: how our schools narrow children's choices | Athene Donald | Science | theguardian.com
Our children should be free to choose to study what really excites them, not subtly steered away from certain subjects because teachers believe in and propagate the stereotypes. Last year the IOP published a report "It's Different for Girls" which demonstrated that essentially half of state coeducational schools did not see a single girl progress to A-level physics. By contrast, the likelihood of girls progressing from single sex schools were two and a half times greater.


Amen to this.
sexism  schools  teaching  uk  phyics  girls  children  bias  stereotypes 
december 2013 by jm
Roma, Racism And Tabloid Policing: Interview With Gary Younge : rabble
[This case] shows the link between the popular and the state. This is tabloid journalism followed by tabloid policing.
It’s also completely ignorant. I wrote my article on the Roma after covering the community for a week. I thought, “that’s interesting – there’s a range of phenotypes, ways of looking, that include Roma.” I mentioned two blonde kids by chance.
I mentioned that Roma are more likely to speak the language of the country they’re in than Romani, more likely to have the religion of the country they’re in. But they have the basic aspect that is true for all identities – they know each other and other people know them.
It’s not like I’m an expert on the Roma. I was covering them for a week and after the second day I knew Roma children had blonde hair and blue eyes.
These people who took that kid away knew nothing. And on that basis they abducted a child.
roma  racism  ireland  gary-younge  tabloid  journalist  children  hse  gardai 
october 2013 by jm
Poisson Rouge: Crowdfunding Red Fish style
the fantastic French kids' site is now crowdfunding new work -- first off being a German Alphabet part of the site. My kids love their stuff, so -- bonne chance!
french  poisson-rouge  flash  web  kids  children  education 
october 2013 by jm
Filters 'not a silver bullet' that will stop perverts, warns Interpol chief - Independent.ie
Sunday Independent interview with Interpol assistant director Mick Moran:
Moran spoke out after child welfare organisations here called on the Government to follow the UK's example by placing anti-pornography filters on Irish home broadband connections. The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children argued that pornography was damaging to young children and should be removed from their line of sight.

But Moran warned this would only lull parents into a false sense of security. "If we imagine the access people had to porn in the past – that access is now complete and total. They have access to the most horrific material out there. We now need to focus on parental responsibility about how kids are using the internet."
mick-moran  cam  interpol  policing  ispcc  filtering  parenting  children  broadband 
august 2013 by jm
Comics For Children…. a visual list…. | The Forbidden Planet International Blog
some great recommendations here. Hildafolk has been popular with my 5-year-old, must pick up a few more
comics  kids  children  books  reading  library  toget  toread 
july 2013 by jm
How I decoded the human genome - Salon.com
classic long-read article from John Sundman: 'We are becoming the masters of our own DNA. But does that give us the right to decide that my children should never have been born?' part two at http://www.salon.com/2003/10/22/genome_two/
human  genome  genomics  eugenics  politics  life  john-sundman  disability  health  dna  medicine  salon  long-reads  children 
may 2013 by jm
CS in VN
Neil Fraser visits a school in Vietnam, and investigates their computer science curriculum. They are doing an incredible job, it looks like -- very impressive!
vietnam  programming  education  cs  computer-science  schools  coding  children 
march 2013 by jm
Estonia introduces coding classes to 8-year-olds
'ProgreTiiger education will start with students in the first grade, which starts around the age of 7 or 8 for Estonians. The compsci education will continue through a student’s final years of public school, around age 16. Teachers are being trained on the new skills, and private sector IT companies are also getting involved, which makes sense, given that these entities will likely end up being the long-term beneficiaries of a technologically literate populace. The ProgreTiiger program is launching at a few pilot schools and will soon be rolling out to all general education schools in Estonia.'
estonia  education  coding  programming  kids  children  students  learning  school 
september 2012 by jm
The Silencing of Maya
software patent shakedown threatens to remove a 4-year-old's only means of verbal expression: 'Maya can speak to us, clearly, for the first time in her life. We are hanging on her every word. We’ve learned that she loves talking about the days of the week, is weirdly interested in the weather, and likes to pretend that her toy princesses are driving the bus to school (sometimes) and to work (other times). This app has not only allowed her to communicate her needs, but her thoughts as well. It’s given us the gift of getting to know our child on a totally different level. I’ve been so busy embracing this new reality and celebrating, that I kind of forgot that there was an ongoing lawsuit, until last Monday. When Speak for Yourself was removed from the iTunes store.'
speak-for-yourself  children  law  swpats  patenting  stories  ipad  apps 
june 2012 by jm
SiliconRepublic story on CoderDojo
'it's both incredible and poignant that a voluntary movement that was born in Ireland during the summer is about to go international. Coder Dojo, the brainchild of 19-year-old entrepreneur and programmer James Whelton from Cork and tech entrepreneur Bill Liao, began as a Saturday morning club for kids to teach each other software programming. It has grown into a national movement up and down Ireland, a place where kids and their parents can go and learn to write software code in a friendly environment. The first UK Coder Dojo was held in London only last week and other countries in Europe are clamouring to get the initiative started there, too.' Good on them!
coderdojo  programming  coding  kids  children  teaching  education  tech  ireland 
december 2011 by jm
Hikaru Dorodango
'Hikaru dorodango are balls of mud, molded by hand into perfect spheres, dried, and polished to an unbelievable luster. The process is simple, but the result makes it seem like alchemy.
A traditional pastime among the children of Japan, the exact origin of hikaru dorodango is unknown.'
mud  dirt  dorodango  japan  art  howto  sculpture  hands  craft  play  children 
september 2011 by jm

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