Online games are harming children through gambling and other features, say Lords

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Online games are harming children through the inclusion of gambling and other features, according to a major new report.

Regulators should score new games on the amount of harm they could cause to children and any that score too highly must be not be approved for sale, the report from the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry warns.

It recommends that the Gambling Commission establish the system for testing games, amid fears over the problems that “loot boxes” represent in encouraging children to gamble.

Experts have repeatedly warned that there is not enough protection for children from the feature, and that it could lead to gambling addiction and other societal problems if it is not tackled.

Current testing criteria of new games “astonishingly” do not consider the addictiveness or potential harm that could be caused, the Committee’s report said.

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You can’t reopen Florida schools when thousands of children are infected with COVID

In a blunt and candid response delivered in the midst of a recharged coronavirus crisis sweeping through Florida, Miami-Dade’s Superintendent of Schools confessed that he can’t “guarantee” social distancing when schools open in the fall.

Of course he can’t.

Kids will be kids — and Miami-Dade’s school district is the fourth-largest in the nation.

That’s a heady combination.

Crowded halls. Crowded classrooms. Crowded cafeterias.

“Part of the [reopening] plan relies on increased social distancing, but we cannot guarantee six feet of distance,” Alberto Carvalho said during a virtual School Board meeting to vote on an opening plan for the fall that — thankfully — gives parents options.

Because the times aren’t right for a return to campus at all.

The hot summer months were supposed to bring less coronavirus infection, but the complete opposite has happened. Florida is seeing record numbers of coronavirus cases — not only in the 18-34

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Teen who pushed boy off Tate viewing gallery seen ‘smiling at children’ moments before, court hears

Jonty Bravery, 18, claimed he wanted to highlight his apparent discontent with his treatment for a host of mental health issues - HANDOUT
Jonty Bravery, 18, claimed he wanted to highlight his apparent discontent with his treatment for a host of mental health issues – HANDOUT

An autistic teenager who threw a six-year-old boy from the viewing gallery at the Tate Modern was seen “smiling at children” moments before the incident, a court heard, as it emerged he had earlier tried to enter The Shard.

Jonty Bravery, 18, committed the offence in front of horrified onlookers at the London tourist attraction on August 4 last year.

He claimed he wanted to highlight his apparent discontent with his treatment for a host of mental health issues

Bravery’s victim, who cannot be named due to his age, suffered a bleed to the brain, spinal fractures, and broken legs and arms. Since the incident he has remained in a wheelchair and has had problems eating, speaking and moving.

Emergency crews attending the scene at the Tate Modern art gallery following the incident - PA
Emergency crews attending the scene at the Tate
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Will UK schools fully reopen before September and can parents refuse to send their children?

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On Sunday 10 May, Boris Johnson delivered an address outlining how lockdown restrictions, which have in place across the UK since Monday 23 March, would start being lifted across England.

Part of these measures included the gradual reopening of schools for an increased number of students.

On Monday 1 June, primary schools in England were reopened to more pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

The government emphasised that schools would only be reopened as long as the spread of Covid-19 remains “on the downward slope”.

But certain individuals and organisations criticised the government’s decision to reopen schools at this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, with the headteachers’ union describing the move as “not realistic”.

“These proposals, as they currently stand, are likely to prove impractical and unworkable in most schools,” the National Association of Head Teachers said.

Two days before the prime minister’s address, the Trades

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Duchess of Cambridge tells children lockdown is ‘difficult for us all’ in online assembly

The Duchess of Cambridge will tell children lockdown has been a difficult time for everyone as she encourages them to look after their mental health in an online assembly.

Kate, a mother of three, recorded an assembly from Anmer Hall which is being broadcast with Oak National Academy, an online classroom developed during the pandemic.

She will tell children tuning in on Thursday morning that “frustrations are totally normal” as she encourages them to be kind to each other.

The duchess will say: “Today, I wanted to talk to you about the importance of being kind and looking after one another.

“We all have our ups and down, especially when things change in our lives as they have in so many ways recently. This can cause us to have a huge range of different feelings. Sometimes these feelings may be good, but sometimes they may be uncomfortable, and we feel

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Duchess of Cambridge encourages children to spread a little kindness in online assembly

The Duchess of Cambridge has encouraged children to talk to someone to help them feel better as she led an online assembly on kindness.

Kate pre-recorded the weekly Thursday morning assembly for Oak National Academy, an online classroom providing video lessons, from Anmer Hall, where she has been living with her husband Prince William and their children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

She did the assembly on the theme “spread a little kindness”, taken from a lesson on the Mentally Healthy School platform.

During the assembly, the duchess, 38, will say: “Talking to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member, or teacher, is something you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better. And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need.

“Small acts of kindness can go such a long

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New Study Shows Children Learn Better While Studying Outside

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the education of at least 1.5 billion school students. That’s more than 90% of the world’s children. Although many schools in the west, along with private schools in the developing world, have continued some school activities online, more than 50% of learners worldwide do not have a household computer. The absence of face-to-face learning and opportunities for playing with friends will have hugely impacted child mental health.

Countries are taking different approaches as to when, where and how to reopen schools, and some places are emphasising the benefits of outdoor learning.

Research has shown that an outdoor environment can improve children’s motivation and well-being, and can contribute to increasing children’s physical activity and learning outcomes. Learning in nature has been shown to reduce stress and boost mental well-being.

Outdoor learning was traditionally practised in countries across the African

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Where to buy face coverings for children

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From 15 June 2020, wearing a non-medical face mask or covering while on public transport will be mandatory for adults and children. Only children under the age of two and those with respiratory issues will be exempt from the rule.

The World Health Organization also advises protective gear should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Finding an adult-sized face mask or covering online is fairly simple now as numerous big name brands, including Mango and Anthropologie, sell them in addition to numerous smaller brands. However, there are less options for children.

To make your

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