22
JUN

Voting opens for parents to choose who will run their local schools

Stock Image: GETTY Parents in four areas can start voting today on who they want to run a new post-primary school in their locality. The Department of Education has launched a new "one-stop shop" website where parents can directly compare different patron bodies and then register a preference. The schools, which will open in 2019, will serve communities in the Belmayne/Clongriffin area of Dublin 13, Galway City/Oranmore, Laytown/Drogheda and Wicklow ...

20
JUN

Children as young as six having suicidal thoughts survey finds

Children as young as six are struggling with suicidal thoughts, according to a new survey. The study looks at the need for a counselling service in primary schools. The survey of primary school teachers revealed serious mental health issues among children aged under 13. DCU researchers have found serious mental health issues like self-harm are increasingly common in younger children ...

18
JUN

HSA and Primary School Principals join forces to promote farm safety before high risk summer holiday period

The Health and Safety Authority and the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) have today (Monday 18th June) issued a joint appeal to primary schools to promote a strong farm safety message to children before they break for the summer. Summer holidays are a high risk time for children who are off school and spend a lot of time on their family farm or visiting friends’ and relatives’ farms. It is also a very busy time for farmers when much work needs to be done ...

18
JUN

Bishops say state run schools not preparing children for Communion

Letter to State-run primary schools warns that faith programmes do not satisfy the requirements for sacramental preparation for Catholic children Letter reveals that bishops are not happy with the amount of time allocated for faith formation in the curriculum for teaching religion used by community national schools. Photograph: Istock Catholic bishops told State-run primary schools they were not satisfied that children were being adequately prepared for Confirmation and Communion last year ...

14
JUN

Ombudsman calls for increased mental health funding

Niall Muldoon says he is ‘disappointed’ with lack of progress on emergency services Children’s Ombudsman Niall Muldoon said the increased number of complaints received by his office highlighted “a continued failure by public bodies to put the best interests of children at the centre of their decisions ...

13
JUN

MRI scans reveal addictive video games impact childrens brains in the same way as drugs and alcohol

The Fortnite booth is shown at E3, the world's largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake and Laurence Dodds Fortnite and other addictive video games can have a similar effect on children’s brains as drug abuse or alcoholism, MRI scans reveal. They show the “reward” system in the brains of young heavy users of social media and video games display the same changes in function and structure as those of alcoholics or drug addicts ...

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