Highlights / children

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

New app helps manage children’s medical file

Managing a person’s medical appointments and information can be complicated, especially those of children with serious or chronic ailments. Researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have developed an award-winning app called Opal which helps »

Health, Society

Pandemic posing increased poison risks for children

The emphasis on hand washing and cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Canadians to buy more products that, if they get into the hands of children, can cause them serious harm.   “The number of calls to poison centres regarding »

Health, International, Society

Pandemic adding to children’s mental health risk: UNICEF

Pandemic stay-at-home policies have affected at least one in seven children (332 million)  around the world, says UNICEF, putting their mental health and well-being at risk. The figures derive from a new analysis by UNICEF of data from the Oxford COVID-19 »

International, Society

UNICEF warns schools closed for millions of world’s children

The UN agency devoted to children is urging Canada and other countries to prioritize the reopening of schools around the world that have been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. UNICEF says schools for more than 168 million children have been »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Young Canadians’ mental health suffered in early pandemic

A large majority of those aged two to 18 in Canada experienced harm to their mental health during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. A research team surveyed parents of the younger cohort and »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

RCMP puppy naming contest begins

As it has done every year since 2001, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is asking Canadian children to submit names for puppies that will be born this year and trained as police service dogs. The national police force has »

International, Politics, Society

Humanitarian NGOs sound alarm on child malnutrition in Yemen

Nearly 100,000 Yemeni children are at risk of death and more than half a million are suffering from acute malnutrition as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis grinds on for nearly six years with no end in sight, international humanitarian organizations »

Health, Society

Fewer students travel to school, safety not improved

More than one quarter of Canadian elementary students are not going to school regularly, but most parents say that has not improved safety in school zones. In fact, most say congestion and driver behaviour have either worsened or not improved. »

Arts & Entertainment

Canadian actor to advocate for the world’s children

Award-winning actor and heart throb Simu Liu is taking on the role of ambassador for UNICEF Canada.  Liu, 30, has just landed the leading role of Asian-American superhero for the new Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Canadian kids are hanging in there… kinda

May is always something of a bittersweet month for North American kids. Final exams are coming. But so is summer. It’s actually a pretty good time to be young. This spring, not so much. A new survey from the non-profit »