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Percentage of poor students in public schools rises

Motoko Richjan - The New York Times, 16 January 2015.
17-01-2015
In a report released Friday by the Southern Education Foundation, researchers found that 51 percent of children in public schools qualified for the lunches in 2013, which means that most of them come from low-income families. By comparison, 38 percent of public school students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in 2000.
 

Help! My teen’s watching online porn

Kelly Wallace - CNN, 16 January 2015.
17-01-2015
In one study widely cited in the media, 42% of Internet users ages 10 to 17 said they viewed porn online in the past 12 months. But 66% of those who said they saw porn online said they weren’t looking for it and saw it accidentally, according to the 2007 study by the University of New Hampshire and published in Pediatrics.
 

Parents are cheating to get children into schools

Edward Malnick - The Telegraph, 16 January 2015.
17-01-2015
A review by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator in UK found that dozens of local authorities were worried about families submitting fraudulent applications in an attempt to secure places at particular schools.
 

Kids on planes don’t owe anyone an apology

Karol Markowicz - Time, 15 January 2015.
16-01-2015
Children often cannot contain themselves. They have problems with volume control. If they can’t say what they want, they cry. But an airplane is not an opera and there can be no expectation of silence.
 

Is the end of the 30-year ‘family policy war’ in sight?

Lois M. Collins - Deseret News, 15 January 2015.
16-01-2015
Noted sociologist Andrew J. Cherlin thinks conservatives and liberals may finally agree that they've both been right — and wrong — when it comes to what's driving the decline in marriage. At stake is family stability and how well American children thrive.
 

Stop turning children against divorced fathers

Neil Lyndon - The Telegraph, 14 January 2015.
15-01-2015
Thousands of divorced fathers are eliminated from their children's lives because of the ‘implacable hostility’ of mothers with custody. Some psychologists have written about ‘Parental Alienation Syndrome’ but that designation is not recognised by the courts. The phenomenon is so broadly overlooked in the family law system that no official figures exist for the numbers of children it may affect.
 

Healthy children = healthy society

Nicole Letourneau - Hamilton Spectator, 14 January 2015.
15-01-2015
In 2014, the Canadian Institute of Health Information reported that 26 per cent of Canadian children demonstrate a developmental problem in communication, language, cognition, social-emotional or physical health by the time they reached school age. The question is, why are these problems still so widespread?
 

“More children go missing” from foster carers

BBC News, 14 January 2015.
15-01-2015
Nearly six out of 10 missing cases were from independent fostering agencies, rather than a local authority, which have just under a third of placements. The government now collects data on children who go missing from care.
 

Parenting tactics to avoid materialistic children

Kelsey Clark - Deseret News, January 14, 2015
15-01-2015
Parents may want to reconsider using material goods to punish or reward their children. A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research (paywall) found that some parenting behaviors and tactics can make a child more materialistic as the child becomes an adult.
 

Today’s parents are much too hard on themselves

John Pickering - The Washington Post, 13 January 2015.
14-01-2015
Years of experimental research are now converging on a very simple, and plainly obvious, conclusion: the way we parent our children has a profound effect on how they develop and go on to contribute to society. Put differently, the specific parenting strategies we use with our children have a direct and significant impact on our children’s life chances and opportunities.
 
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