Highlights/children

International

Yemeni children call for an end to war

Saying adults have failed to protect them, teenagers in Yemen have put to paper their calls for peace, the right to education, free movement and freedom from fear. Next week will mark four years of war in what has become» 

Society

Cook with your children, urges food writer

This is a week when many schools in Canada are closed for March break and a good time to cook at home and involve children, says food writer and cookbook author Julie Van Rosendaal. She says there are many reasons» 

Indigenous

Inuit, First Nations, Métis welcome Canadian gov’s Indigenous child protection legislation

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North Canada’s Inuit, First Nations and Métis organizations say they welcome the Indigenous child protection legislation introduced by the federal government in the House of Commons on Thursday. “With» 

Health, International

Worldwide surge in measles alarms UNICEF

The United Nations charity, UNICEF, warns that cases of measles are surging around the world posing a growing threat to children. In Canada, eight cases of the potentially deadly disease were reported from the beginning of the year to February» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Screen time more than doubled for the very young: study

A new study suggests that by 2014, children under two were spending more than double the screen time they did in 1997. This comes at a time the Canadian Paediatric Society recommends no screen time for this age group. “That’s» 

Environment, Health

Campaign aims to get children back to nature

Canadian children are spending more time with screens and less time out in nature and that is having a negative effect on their physical and mental health, says Jill Sturdy, a manage with Nature Canada. This non-profit has worked to» 

Health

Children should not use cough, cold products containing opioids: warning

The government of Canada recommends that those under 18 years old should not use cough and cold remedies containing codeine, hydrocodone or normethadon. These are mostly prescription drugs, but some low-dose formulations including codeine are available without a prescription. The» 

International, Politics

At least 100,000 babies die every year because of conflict: Save the Children

More than half-a-million infants are thought to have died as a result of armed conflict between 2013 and 2017 in the world’s 10 worst crisis-affected countries, according to new analysis by Save the Children. The total number of deaths from» 

Health

Three children died of flu, doctors urge vaccination

This year’s strain of influenza has proven particularly dangerous for young children because they have not previously been exposed to strains of the H1N1 virus. Three children have died of flu-related illness in the western province of Saskatchewan as did» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Screen time not proven harmful to children, complicating advice

British pediatricians have found there is not enough evidence to prove that the time children spend on televisions, computers and other screens is harmful to their health. There are negative associations between screen time and poor mental health, sleep and»