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Why social pretend play should be promoted in preschools

Scientists from the University of Konstanz and Thurgau University of Teacher Education investigate the importance of social pretend play for children’s social-emotional development, suggesting educational strategies to support children’s play.
Heavy screen time

Heavy screen time in childhood is linked to lower academic performance

A new study of 8 to 11 year olds shows an association between heavy screen time and poorer reading performance, as well as between heavy computer use and poorer numeracy.
Disadvantaged pupils

53% of pupils from deprived schools are four months behind, say teachers

As children in the UK return to school three months behind in their studies, a survey has suggested disadvantaged pupils and boys have been worst hit.
children's mental health

Children’s mental health: Transitioning back to school

Paediatric experts from Nationwide Children offer their advice on children's mental health when transitioning back to school.
care record

Exploring the importance of language in social work

Luke Rodgers, Director of Strategy at the Care Leaders and Julie Tyas, registered social worker and Senior Strategy Lead at Servelec, explore how the language used in a young person’s care record can impact their future.
children into STEM

Encouraging children into STEM throughout lockdown and beyond

Here, we highlight how parents can continue to encourage children into STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects during lockdown and beyond.
child internet safety

What will COVID-19 mean for child internet safety?

Ian Stevenson CEO at Cyan Forensics discusses what COVID-19 will mean for child internet safety.
online victimisation

Reduce child online victimisation: What effective prevention programs have in common

Teaching children to foster safe and healthy relationships in social media environments is explored here by Marsali Hancock from the EP3 Foundation.
sexual exploitation

Cybersecurity and child sexual exploitation

Defence and Security Experts Nick Newman and Chris Cole of global innovation and transformation consultancy PA Consulting, discuss how online safety has taken a hit amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and how to work together to end the sexual exploitation of children online.
child maintenance

What to do if you can’t afford to pay child maintenance during lockdown

Lucinda Holliday, partner and head of family and divorce law at Blaser Mills Law, offers advice to parents who find themselves unable to meet their child or spousal financial commitments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
school term

The consequences of a missed school term for social mobility

The closure of schools was a necessary choice in the public health interest, however, Murray Morrison, founder of Tassomai, argues that there are grave consequences of a missed school term for the social mobility of a generation of children.
nurseries

Can nurseries remain sustainable now and beyond COVID-19?

June O’Sullivan, CEO of London Early Years Foundation, discusses whether nurseries will be able to remain sustainable now and in the future due to the financial strains and safety concerns of COVID-19.
coronavirus lockdown

Should children of divorce see both parents during the coronavirus lockdown?

Lucinda Holliday, head of family & divorce at Blaser Mills Law, provides guidance to separated parents when deciding whether their child should continue face-to-face contact with both parents throughout the coronavirus lockdown.
foster care

Lockdown abuse sees increase in children going into foster care

To find out about how the coronavirus lockdown is affecting the foster care system, MacNaught Digital spoke to the manager of the Bolton-based fostering agency Perpetual Fostering, Lisa Witter.
Coronavirus Act

Coronavirus Act: Detaining and isolating children

The new powers to detain and isolate ‘potentially infectious’ people under the Coronavirus Act are alarming enough when applied to adults – but how do they apply to children? John Binns, partner at BCL Solicitors LLP explores here.
protect children, digital age

How can we protect children in the digital age?

Here, Claire Quinn, VP of Compliance & DPO, CIPP/e at PRIVO, discusses the challenges of how to protect children in the digital age.
love of science, British Science Week

British Science Week: Instilling a love of science in the young

In recognition of British Science Week, Emily Whyte, Co-Founder at Mini Professors, highlights the importance of instilling a love of science in the young minds of today.
private tutors

Should banned ex-teachers be allowed to work as private tutors?

David McCarthy, Director of Education, Sophia Technologies, highlights what regulations should be in place for private tutors and why they are so important.
Online security

The importance of online security and privacy for children

Stuart Snape, Managing Partner, Graham Coffey & Co. Solicitors, provides his expert thoughts on the importance of online security and privacy for children under 13, including the key role parents play in this vein.
keeping children safe

Keeping children safe: Is the internet a friend or an enemy?

David McCarthy, Director of Education at Sophia Technologies, offers insight into how the internet can help develop and keep children safe, whilst highlighting what we should be wary of and what can be done to raise awareness.

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