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Does homework help primary school children or is it unnecessary stress?


t’s Sunday night and it's chaos. Your youngest forgot to mention their spelling test on Tuesday. Your eldest hasn’t finished their report on the Second World War — and it’s due tomorrow.

As you enter a screaming match and then attempt to scramble something together, you can’t help but wonder: is homework really worth it?

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Protecting children is key to sustainability

On Sept. 24-25, world leaders attended a United Nations summit in New York to review progress toward the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This was the first U.N. summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. Since then, we have collectively made progress toward a more peaceful, safer, healthier and more prosperous world. Sadly, however, we are currently on track to miss most of the SDGs and targets related to children - without which the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda can remain only a distant dream.

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How Being a Working Parent Changes as Children Grow Up

With a record number of women running for president in the U.S., it’s no surprise that the concerns of working parents are on the 2020 agenda. Elizabeth Warren unveiled a plan for universal childcare, Kamala Harris is a co-sponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act, and several other candidates have voiced support for similar policies.

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Combating child sex trafficking in the digital age

A 26-year-old man from Baltimore was recently convicted in the United States on federal charges of trafficking two girls, aged 15 and 16, and then posting advertisements on a website offering them as prostitutes. The man had stayed with the 16-year-old girl in a motel room, along with a woman whom he was also prostituting, and would leave the room when men came to have sex with the girl. One of her customers returned the following day to rescue her and took her to live in another city with his sister.

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No excuse for violence against children

At the World Health Assembly in May, we made the case for why governments and United Nations agencies need to spend more on measures to prevent noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), injury and violence against children. One of us - Zoleka Mandela - spoke of losing her 13-year-old daughter to a drunk driver, and of suffering sexual violence as a child at the hands of adults who should have been taking care of her. “It was an abuse of power, and it was a violation of trust,” she told the assembly. “It left me emotionally and mentally scarred.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking to your child about consent

Teaching our children about consent needs to be an ongoing conversation that evolves as your child grows.

To start, call private parts what they are — penis, vagina, butt. Using different words can make it taboo or confusing if there is a problem.

Talking about touch and consent can initially be intimidating and uncomfortable — take a breath and allow it to be a natural conversation. The most ideal time is when they are already naked, like in the bath.

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Talking to Children About Terminal Illness

New guidelines call for speaking openly with children when they or their parents face life-threatening diseases.

“One of the most difficult things we ever have to do is to tell a child he or she has a very serious condition and may not survive it, or that a parent has a condition they may not survive,” said Dr. Alan Stein, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

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Taking vaccines the last mile after global coverage stalled

A 4-year-old girl recently came to the emergency room where I work as a resident doctor in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. She was writhing in pain, her body convulsed with seizures. My team and I moved fast to activate seizure protocol, secure her intravenous drip, and deliver all appropriate medications. We then performed a test: I blew air toward her, and she collapsed in pain; I offered her water, and her agony intensified sharply. The diagnosis was clear: She had rabies - and it was too late to save her.

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Human trafficking is a global epidemic. And we can all help fight it

Human trafficking is an estimated $150 billion industry, and one of the fastest-growing transnational criminal activities of the 21st century. Trafficking may seem like a distant problem or one that doesn't touch us personally, but we are unwittingly involved any time we buy something made by exploited labor.

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Similarities between Child Trafficking and the Risks of Adoption

On July 19, 2018, the Directorate General of Internal Security Forces announced that the Information Division had apprehended members of a human trafficking ring operating between Lebanon and Syria accompanied by 130 persons (alraaiionline, 2018). This is run-of-the-mill news, as the illegal cross-border traffic between Lebanon and Syria is old news, just as with any other two neighboring states.

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