Interaction Weekly
Aug. 1, 2012

Daycare advocates seek $10-a-day plan for B.C.
CBC News
B.C. childcare advocates desperate to create affordable daycare in the province have presented a proposal for universal daycare to the Ministry of Children and Family Development. It's been dubbed the '$10-a-day plan' because that's what parents would pay, but it does come with a price tag for the B.C. government.More

Kids in workplace spark debate
Ottawa Citizen
Workplaces have indeed become more flexible in the past decades as more women have pursued successful careers and men have taken on greater care responsibilities in the home. Many employers are fine with a parent bringing their child into work if it's a rare and 'extraordinary situation'.More

Vancouver childcare operator scraps wait list fee
CBC News
The largest operator of licensed daycare facilities in Vancouver is ending the practice of forcing parents to pay a $50 fee for a spot on the wait list. The Vancouver Society of Children's Centres operates 11 daycares, including Dorothy Lam and Library Square.More

Are we creating a generation of risk-averse kids?
Ottawa Citizen
The child of past generations learned to use serious tools. Electricity for Boys, published in 1914, gives a list of things your child should be working with, and it's a long way from the typical craft store items today with their safe paper and rounded scissors.More

It's time to let our kids take back summer
The Globe and Mail
As more and more schools look at year-round learning and shorter summer breaks, experts caution that there is a great value in having a child with a well-rounded mind, not just a well-filled one. By balancing the knowledge children acquire over 10 months of the year with some real-world experiences through playtime — and a bit of downtime — their brains will function better come September.More

Summer reading good exercise for kids
The Hamilton Spectator
McMaster University sociology professor Scott Davies is leading a landmark study funded by Ontario's Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. It's the largest study ever done in Canada into the 'summer setback' in literacy, experienced primarily by students in low-income families. The study finds that children in well-off, educated families tend to become better readers over the summer break, but students in less-affluent, less-educated families lose substantial ground while school's out.More

Girls in Ontario more likely to be bullied in school and online
CTV News
A report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has found girls in Ontario are nearly twice as likely to be victims of cyber-bullying than boys. The finding marks the first time the centre asked Ontario students about cyber-bullying in 35 years of surveying youth about their mental health and well-being — and 1 in 5 students said they were victimized online.More

Peru's big, ambitious low-cost program to provide students with laptops gets mixed grades
The Province
Peru's equipping of more than 800,000 public schoolchildren in this rugged Andean nation with low-cost laptops ranks among the world's most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in the fight against poverty.More

Severely obese children's hearts already in danger
BBC News
Severely obese children are putting their heart at danger even while they are still in primary school, according to a Dutch study. Heart disease is normally associated with middle age, but the early warning signs were detected in children between the ages of 2 and 12.More

Slapped children more likely to be depressed later in life, study says
The National Post via Reuters
People who remember being pushed, slapped and hit as children are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, anxiety and personality disorders later in life, according to an international study covering thousands of people.More

Study reveals small differences in birth time tied to test scores
The London Free Press
Researchers have known that babies born prematurely are at risk for slowed brain development, but a couple of extra weeks in the womb might make a difference even among those considered 'normal term' — between 37 and 41 weeks, according to a U.S. study.More