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Sibling birth order and behaviour

Previous research looking at the sibling dynamic has shown how influential having a brother or sister can be throughout one’s lifetime. Characteristics such as delinquency, educational attainment, and emotional regulation can be attributed to the sibling relationship – all features that are explored in a new body of research. Published for the journal Child Development, a team from several prominent universities in the United Kingdom used longitudinal data from the Millennium Cohort Study to determine…
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New research finds children’s online spaces ‘saturated’ with gambling-like content and advertising

21st April 2024 – Family Kids & Youth carried out research on behalf of GambleAware July-November last year looking at the impact gambling has on children and young people considered to be vulnerable. We carried out 6 workshops in schools across the UK with 55 children and young people aged 11-17. Respondents included a mix of family income, gender and ethnicity, and included SEND and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The…
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Concern about Gen Alpha’s growing number of child influencers

Gen Alpha – those born between 2010-2024 – are increasingly appearing on social media. While many of these children are still too young to use sites such as TikTok or Instagram, their parent-run accounts are attracting millions of views. The US ‘Garza Crew’ family has nearly 5 million followers on TikTok, making 7 year old twins Haven and Koti Garza TikTok stars, with their content frequently amassing millions of views. However their posts have attracted…
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Family Kids & Youth launches new round of syndicated research

13th March 2024 – We have launched the 6th round of our Wellbeing and the Internet Study this week. Results May 2024. Fieldwork includes 8 online focus groups with boys and girls aged 10-11, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-16, plus 1,000 online interviews with 7-16 year olds across the UK. A syndicated study carried out since 2018, results include data from the last 5 years, edited films from groups and a presentation of results. Clients can…
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Ofcom publishes FK&Y’s report on online violent content viewed by children

15th March 2024 – Ofcom has today published FK&Y’s report ‘Understanding Pathways to Online Violent Content Among Children’. Family Kids and Youth (FK&Y) was commissioned by Ofcom to conduct research to explore the pathways through which children encounter violent content online. The research consisted of 2 focus groups with professionals (including teachers, specialists who work with vulnerable children, and youth social workers), 15 in-school workshops with a total of 232 children aged 8 to 17…
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Urgent need for more inclusive education to support children with additional needs

Figures from the Department for Education show that the number of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) increased by around 87,000 between 2021/22 and 2022/23, while the number of state-funded special school places rose by only 7,000 in the same timescale. Figures also found that last year there were over 8,000 children who had been allocated an EOTAS (Education Other Than At School) status – that is children who need to be educated outside of…
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An online sports parenting programme could provide opportunities to engage under-represented families

Organised sport provides an important opportunity for regular physical activity for children, with research demonstrating it is key to children’s health and well-being. Recent research published this month from Matthew Saunders at the University of Queensland, Australia,  has begun to develop a new positive parenting programme, ‘Play Well Triple P’. The programme is designed to support parenting behaviour to enhance their child’s enjoyment and participation in the Junior Rugby League. The research findings demonstrate that…
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Support offered to GCSE students in England

To limit the impact Covid-19 has had on this year’s GCSE cohort, Ofqual is extending support to certain students. Initially requested by the Department for Education, those studying maths, physics, and combined science will be allowed to use formulae and equation sheets during their exams. As Education Secretary Gillian Keegan explained, this is the last GCSE group to have had Covid-related interruptions during secondary school. As she put it, “it’s right that we recognise that…
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UNSECO report urges the ban of smartphones in schools

A new report from UNESCO, the UN’s education, science and culture agency, recommends that smartphones should be banned from classrooms. This suggestion has been made in order to help curb cyberbullying and disruption to learning. The report also cites increased amounts of screen time as being detrimental to a child’s emotional stability. The findings recommend that the inclusion of digital devices or software should be there to supplement face-to-face interaction with teachers, not to replace…
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Use of screens, caregiver mental health, parenting, and childhood ADHD symptoms

New research published this month suggests a link between screen use, caregiver mental health and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children. Research by Fanziska Waller at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria hypothesised that parents’ mental health and stress is associated with impairments in their parenting behaviour. It was also predicted that higher levels of screen time would connect to increased levels of ADHD symptoms within children. To examine these claims, researchers recruited participants from…
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