Month: September 2014

Take TV-free days to combat obesity (UK)

The Guardian 23 September 2014 Draft health advice on obesity has recommended taking TV-free days or setting two-hour limits on the amount of time spent sitting in front of screens. The advice, aimed at helping the population to keep weight…

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First Smacking, now Time Out. What’s next… Hugs?

Time.com 23 September 2014 In a brain scan, relational pain—that caused by isolation during punishment—can look the same as physical abuse. Is alone in the corner the best place for your child? Time-out is the most popular discipline technique used…

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Does marriage ’cause’ teenagers to behave better …

Marriage Foundation Blog 9 September 2014 It’s official. British teenagers are more likely to behave better if their parents are married. Not only that, but whatever is making the difference is above and beyond the usual explanation – that it’s not…

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The scourge of sexting in schools (Aust)

The Daily Telegraph 20 September 2014 Teachers say that last year there were five times as many reports of students sending unwanted suxually explicit photos to classmates than in 2012. A report by the Department of Education says there were…

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New Zealand’s pro-euthanasia MP fails to re-enter Parliament

LifeSiteNews 22 September 2014 Staunch euthanasia and assisted suicide advocate, Maryan Street, has failed to make it back into Parliament after New Zealand’s general election on Saturday. Street, a Labour candidate who has been an MP since 2005, had placed…

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The Next Three Years

The votes have been counted and the winners have celebrated. And we got some great feedback from our Value Your Vote election resource.. My daughter turned 18 on Thursday so has only just become eligible to vote. Although they had…

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Election 2014 – and the influence of Value Your Vote

So what did we learn last night… 1. Labour’s Maryan Street didn’t get back in. So it’s bye bye to attempts to decriminalise euthanasia for a while :-):-) 2. Bye Hone. Families won’t miss your foul language 3. A disaster…

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Smoking cannabis increases risk of cancer – researchers

OneNews 19 September 2014 Smoking cannabis may increase the risk of lung cancer in heavy users researchers say. A recent study into the effects of smoking cannabis carried out by researchers at the University of Otago has found that heavy…

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Why do rich countries have so many poor children?

MercatorNet 18 September 2014 New Zealanders elect a new government on Saturday after a campaign in which several parties and advocacy groups have vied with each other to push child poverty to the top of the political agenda. That this…

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