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Inequality has transformed surviving childhood into a global postcode lottery

Children’s lives are shaped by social and economic factors that often differ wildly between and within countries – a grim reality that only a skilled, readily available health workforce with firm political backing can alter

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2015 is ‘year of fear’ for children worldwide, warns Gordon Brown

Former British PM tells the UN that this year is the worst since WWII for children, with huge numbers becoming refugees or being forced from school Continue reading…
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This battle will define us. We must protect our children from austerity

David Cameron knows how much his cuts damage young people, but imposes them anyway

The definition of a decadent society is one that destroys its own future, knowing full well the terrible consequences. On that basis, Britain is truly degenerate. Just look at how it trashes its children and teenagers.

Our young are the very people on whom the rest of us will one day come to depend – to care for us, and to earn the country’s income. Rather than mere lifestyle accessories, to be slotted in alongside handbags and cars, they represent our best hope. This human truth has sustained societies around the world and down the ages. Yet in austerity Britain, children have been chucked to the bottom of the pile. They have been robbed of their rightful benefits. And the support they could once draw upon – everything from Sure Start centres to youth clubs to mental-health workers – has been hacked back.

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German woman aged 65 gives birth to quadruplets after IVF treatment

Three boys and one girl are born prematurely at 26 weeks but chances of survival are good, says TV channel following Annegret Raunigk’s pregnancy

A 65-year-old German woman has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, it was revealed on Saturday. The woman, Annegret Raunigk, already has 13 children.

The quadruplets – three boys and a girl – were born prematurely at 26 weeks in a Berlin hospital but have “good chances of surviving”, according to the entertainment channel RTL, which has negotiated exclusive rights to the woman’s story.

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Screen time v play time: what tech leaders won’t let their own kids do

Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive designed some of the world’s most desirable tech – but imposed strict limits on their own children using it. What rules do others set?

When a technology journalist suggested to Steve Jobs, in 2010, that his children must have loved the just-released iPad, he replied flatly: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” His former righthand man, Jonathan Ive, whose design for the iPad is so simple that toddlers can operate it, recently revealed that he sets strict limits for his 10-year-old twin boys.

Steiner Waldorf schools, which exclude screen time before the age of 12 in favour of physical activity, art and experiential learning, are particularly popular with Silicon Valley executives and their UK counterparts. Kevin Avison, executive officer of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship in the UK, says that when he was teaching near Reading, “nearly 50% of parents of children in the class worked at Oracle or other hi-tech computer companies”.

There isn’t an intent to harm children, but there’s an intent to keep them engaged

We do a terrible thing if she’s playing up in a restaurant: we’ll use the iPad as a digital pacifier

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More than 2 million children in families struggling to pay for essentials – report

Below-inflation rises to child benefit and tax credits have led parents to cut spending on food, clothes or heat, says End Child Poverty groupMore than 2 million children live in families that are cutting back their spending on food, clothing or heatin…
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