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18 The reason school children are shattered
Daily Mirror, 24 April 2016.
More than three quarters of British children say they feel shattered at school because of irregular sleep patterns, a survey has revealed. The Travelodge study found nearly half don’t have a fixed bedtime routine with experts warning of the ‘extremely detrimental’ impacts sleep deprivation has on children's long term health and wellbeing.
23 Stop giving children sweets as rewards
Shari Miller - Daily Mail, 10 January 2016.
Parents should think twice before rewarding their children’s good behaviour with sweets, according to a leading nutritionist. Professor Susan Jebb, of Oxford University, says family attitudes should change as part of a wider strategy on tackling obesity - and there should be an alternative to the ‘easy option’ of handing out sweets to youngsters.
25 Study links passive smoking to problems in children
ABC, 30 September 2015.
Children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy — and even those born into smokers’ homes — are nearly twice as likely to develop behavioural problems, researchers have said. A study of some 5,200 French primary school children linked exposure to smoking with a range of troubling behaviour such as aggression, disobedience, lying and cheating.