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Parental Absence In Early Childhood Linked To Smoking And Drinking Before Teenage Years, Research Suggests

Parental absence in early childhood has been linked to kids taking up smoking and drinking before they reach their teenage years, a study has revealed.  Children who experienced parental absence – defined as the loss of a biological parent as a result of death or a relationship breakdown – before the age of seven were more than twice as likely…

Four-Year-Old Devastated She Cheered On Wrong American Football Team, Completely Broke Down In Tears

A four-year-old American football fan was distraught when she realised she starting cheering for the wrong team by accident. Kendall, from Louisville, US, is a die-hard Louisville Cardinals fan, just like her dad Scotty Kohler.  But during a game between the Cardinals and their rivals, Kentucky, it all got a bit too much and Kendall ended…

Two Kids Had Their First Ever ‘Date’ At Pizza Express, Then The Restaurant Picked Up The Bill

Two kids possibly had the best first date ever, when the restaurant they were in ended up picking up the bill. Rebecca Emily Entwistle, who is assumed to be the young girl’s mum, shared a picture of the adorable duo in Pizza Express on Facebook. “So… this little couple had their first ever ‘date’,” Entwhistle…

Junk Food Adverts Banned Around Children’s Content Online, In Print And Cinemas, Under New Rules

Advertising of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) food and drink products in non-broadcast media aimed at children has been banned, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has announced. The rules will apply across all non-broadcast media where under-16s make up more than 25% of the audience – including in print, cinema and, crucially, online and…

Government Responds To Call For Ring-Fenced Funding So ‘Every School Can Have A Library It Is Proud Of’

Children’s laureate Chris Riddell, has been praised for calling on the government to investigate the closure of school libraries. Riddell wrote an open letter to Justine Greening, the secretary of state for education, calling on her to: “set out clear standards for library provision that will end this disadvantageous school library lottery that limits many…

Department Of Health Welcomes News That Just One Person Has Been Fined For Smoking In A Car With Kids

Just one person in the UK has been fined for smoking in a car with a child, since it was made illegal a year ago, according to an investigation by the Press Association.  However, according to the Department of Health and public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) this is not a sign that the law is ineffective….