Best of the Web

Busting myths about children and sport, life-changing phrases for children, and how young people are navigating news – our selection of thought-provoking and useful articles from around the web on educating and raising children.

It’s not what sport children play, but how they play it that matters

(Ioannis Costas Batlle, The Conversation)

Here’s an article that busts some myths about the apparent life-changing impact of playing sport. The PhD researcher examined the common understanding that sport teaches attributes, such as disciple and teamwork. But what happens with young players become frustrated with teammates of lesser skills? The author interviewed coaches and young people as he explored the link between sport and young people, and came up with some surprising results.

5 Phrases That Can Change Your Child’s Life

(Rachel Macy Stafford, Thrive Global)

This article by a New York Times bestselling author provides some simple phrases that could potentially have a big impact on a child’s life. Number One is ‘I still believe in you’, a message that can make all the difference when a child makes a mistake, helping them realise it’s not the end of the world.

How youth navigate the news in a time of distrust and disruption

(Luz Gomez and Mary Madden, Knight Foundation)

In an era of crumbing old media and fake news, how young people find and consume news is becoming a critical area of study. This article details a new report, How Youth Navigate the News Landscape. The news environment for young people is mobile and social by default. And ‘news’ often extends well beyond what’s produced by traditional journalism institutions, with young people seeking out multiple sources.

Science says being a parent does have advantages

(Chris Pash, Business Insider Australia)

We know of the many advantages of being a parent. Now science adds to the list. Researchers have found a strong link between being a parent and living longer.  The researchers suspect the support provided by children as parents age is important.

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