Are smartphones really making our children sad?

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US psychologist Jean Twenge, who has claimed that social media is having a malign affect on the young, answers critics who accuse her of crying wolf Last week, the childrens commissioner, Anne Longfield, responded to the campaign. The assumption that time online or in front of a screen is life wasted needs challenging. It is […]


Lonely? Its time to brush up your intimacy skills

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Improving our ability to be more intimate in relationships is just another skill, like learning a language, says the neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto Giovanni Frazzetto speaks with a thin voice, barely louder than our footsteps; we are walking around St Stephens Green in Dublin. To hear, Ihave to lean in. At first Ithink hes shy, but […]


The healthcare gap: how can a child die of toothache in the US?

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The long read: When a 12-year-old boy lost his life as a result of an untreated tooth abscess in Maryland in 2007, his story revealed how hard it can be for people on low incomes to get the dental care they are entitled to On 11 January 2007, about 30 miles from Baltimore, a boy named […]


I fear skunk has claimed our son but his siblings come to the rescue

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He leaves the house without telling me where hes going and stays out all night, but his elder siblings are being vigilant Our house is filled with tattooed and pierced twentysomethings. Guitars are propped against walls. There is loud piano-playing. But none of the children is living the rocknroll lifestyle. Megan is teetotal, preferring herbal […]


Is our smartphone addiction damaging our children? | Rowan Davies

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Research has found a link between technoference and poor child behaviour. The need for light relief is very human, but perhaps we can find a happier balance A technology-based interruptions in parentchild interactions a phenomenon known as technoference, which Im fairly sure was a club night in Stockwell in the 1990s could be associated with […]


Boko Haram kidnaps 22 girls and women in north-east Nigeria

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Attackers loyal to faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf Boko Haram Islamists have abducted 22 girls and women in two separate raids in north-east Nigeria, residents and vigilantes said. In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists raided the village of Pulka near the border with Cameroon where […]


Boy Scouts of America allows transgender children who identify as boys to enroll

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Organisation now bases enrollment in boys-only programs on the gender listed on application to become a scout The Boy Scouts of America now allows transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs. The organization said on Monday it had decided to begin basing enrollment in its boys-only programs on the gender […]