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Is An Emotional Intelligence Curriculum the Key to Bullying Prevention?

<a href="/articles/is-an-emotional-intelligence-curriculum-the-key-to-bullying-prevention">Is An Emotional Intelligence Curriculum the Key to Bullying Prevention?</a>

In school, emotions matter. Not only do children with anxiety and aggression have difficulty focussing and learning, they also tend to be victims or perpetrators of bullying. Whether it’s old-fashioned physical or verbal aggression, ostracism, or online abuse, bullying is deeply rooted in a lack of emotional intelligence skills. These skills can and should be taught, though they seldom are. Read full article

How Your Words Can Shape Your Child's Helping Behaviour

<a href="/articles/how-your-words-can-shape-your-childs-helping-behaviour">How Your Words Can Shape Your Child&#039;s Helping Behaviour</a>

To 'help' or to' be a helper'? That is the question that researchers from University of California, University of Washington, and Stanford University studied in their efforts to understand if an adult's choice of words influence helping behaviour in preschoolers. Read full article

The Benefits of Free Play Backed by Science

<a href="/articles/the-benefits-of-free-play-backed-by-science">The Benefits of Free Play Backed by Science</a>

A study of primary school children during school break periods has found that not only is the break period a good opportunity to enhance children’s physical activity, but lunchtime activities need not be costly. Providing simple and cheap items such as buckets and tyre tubes during school break periods was found to significantly increase children’s enjoyment of, and participation in, physical activity – more so than using traditional fixed playground equipment. Read full article

Creating an Inclusive Education System in Australia

<a href="/blogs/2013/12/17/creating-an-inclusive-education-system-in-australia">Creating an Inclusive Education System in Australia</a>

"I was shocked when the local preschool teacher asked me when my son was coming to preschool… I had no idea he was even permitted to attend the local preschool." Those are not the words of a mother during Apartheid in South Africa or someone labelled 'untouchable' living under a caste system. They are the words of an Australian mother whose son has been labelled 'disabled'. This mother is participating in some of my current research. Read full article

How Parents Can Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Their Baby

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2013/11/28/how-parents-can-meet-the-social-and-emotional-needs-of-their-baby">How Parents Can Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Their Baby</a>

Apart from having necessary physical needs to be met, human babies have social and emotional needs, that when fulfilled, teach them how to interact with people, connect, form trusting relationships with others and understand their own emotions. This video offers simple guidance for parents on how to lay the foundation for social and emotional learning. Read full article

Babies Can Detect Fake Emotions

<a href="/articles/babies-can-detect-fake-emotions">Babies Can Detect Fake Emotions</a>

A new study looking at babies’ interpretation of emotional expression finds that babies from as young as 18 months can detect when facial reactions do not match an emotional event that just occurred. In other words, by 18 months, babies can tell if you’re faking it. Read full article

US Boards of Education Issue Policy on Social and Emotional Learning

United States National Association of Boards of Education issue a policy document on the importance of social and emotional learning for students' wellbeing and academic success. Read the policy document. Includes an overview of SEL and research base. Read full article

Why Children Should be Taught Philanthropy

<a href="/articles/why-children-should-be-taught-philanthropy">Why Children Should be Taught Philanthropy</a>

“Philanthropy” is usually a word we associate with the world of adults and rich people. Increasingly though, children from a spread of socio-economic backgrounds are participating in and learning about what it means to be philanthropic, both at home and at school. As well as helping those in need, the evidence shows getting children involved in philanthropy has positive effects for the children, their families and society more generally. Read full article

Discounted Entry to Mind and Its Potential Conference in November 2013, Sydney

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/08/20/discounted-entry-to-mind-and-its-potential-conference-in-november-20">Discounted Entry to Mind and Its Potential Conference in November 2013, Sydney</a>

Stimulate your mind at the 8th annual Mind & Its Potential conference and unleash your brain power in all areas of life! happychild readers can use this promotion code to receive a 20% discount on registration fee. Read full article

Social Media for Under-Age Children Can Lead to Unnecessary Social Harm

<a href="/blogs/leoniesmith/2013/08/04/social-media-for-under-age-children-can-lead-to-unnecessary-social-harm">Social Media for Under-Age Children Can Lead to Unnecessary Social Harm</a>

There's a video doing the rounds on Facebook – an educational video teaching children how to protect their personal information online. While I do think parents and kids should watch it, as a cyber safety specialist, I have a few concerns, particularly with the message I was left with–that it's ok for a 10-year- old to be on a social media site like Facebook as long as they do it safely. The problem with this harm minimisation approach is this: Read full article