Tag: children

Call My Bluff: Junior Edition

When I saw this report, I had to double-check the date to make sure it wasn’t someone at the ‘Mail’ jumping the gun with an ‘April Fool’: A Government initiative to test school literacy levels will see more than 500,000…

Well, How Very Dare They?!

Dea Birkett – no stranger to entitlement and histrionic accounts, we all remember – returns to CiF to rage about a story of unaccompanied 13 year olds being refused admission to a museum: Many museums ban mobile phones at the…

Moving Those Goalposts….

Children are still exposed to the same level of junk food advertising despite tighter regulations, research suggests. Eh? Are companies breaching the regulations, then? Newcastle University academics said 6.1% of adverts seen by children were about junk food before the…

Because The Rules Apply To You Too!

One of Britain’s top-rated nurseries could be forced to close, leaving more than 30 families without childcare. And why? Well, because they didn’t consider the small print: Piplings is one of many businesses in Forest Hill covered by a 1938…

No, ‘Poverty’ Doesn’t Cause Savagery…

…savages cause savagery: When I arrived to provide medical care, the four-year-old girl was unconscious. She had multiple bruises, skull fractures, a brain contusion, vaginal and anal tears, venereal disease, and was hemorrhaging from places a little girl should not.…

Watch It And Weep…

So, Channel 4 is to launch yet another ‘fly on the wall’ series, this one focussing on an Essex school: Channel 4’s Educating Essex is the most ambitious observational television documentary yet made in a school. The “bog-standard comprehensive” (in…

Solving the childhood obesity epidemic

Persuade them all to starve themselves to death. Almost 600 children below the age of 13 have been treated in hospital for eating disorders in the past three years, new figures have revealed. The statistics include 197 children between the…

Bloody Vikings…

… is what we’re thinking of calling our first child, partly because we like Monty Python and partly to take the mickey out of Denmark, Sweden and Iceland, all of which have laws governing what you can name a child. Obviously not…

It’s Your Own Fault, You Know…

Police warned people to be wary of using expensive phones in public following a spate of street robberies. Officers are receiving reports of at least one mugging a day in Southend, Rochford, and Castle Point and have stepped up patrols.…