Hospital Gives Kids Mini Cars To Drive Into Surgery So They Would Be Less Stressed

Having surgery can be an incredibly stressful and scary experience, even for the toughest of us who know exactly what to expect. But for kids who don’t understand what’s going on, being separated from their parents in a weird place full of bright lights and funny smells, it can be downright terrifying. So anything that hospital staff can do to ease the anxiety before surgery is hugely beneficial. And what is more relaxing than cruising around the wards in a toy car? Doctors Medical Center The good folk at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California, let their vulnerable little patients enter the daunting environment of the operating room in style and with a big smile on their faces. Cute mini …

Vienna State Opera launches investigation into abuse of students

Pupils at prestigious ballet academy were subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuse by two teachers The Vienna State Opera has launched an investigation and promised far-reaching reforms after allegations that students at its prestigious ballet academy were subjected to physical, mental and sexual abuse by two teachers. Things have happened that are unacceptable, the schools director, Dominique Meyer, said on Wednesday after the Austrian magazine Falter told Austriasbroadcaster that the teacher accused of most of the abuse had been warned about her behaviour two years ago and was eventually dismissed in January. Meyer said he has ordered a full explanation of everything that has gone wrong, adding that that child protection officials were also investigating the allegations and that …

Screen time has little effect on teenagers’ wellbeing, says study

Researchers found screen use before bedtime to be unrelated to mental health problems Screen time has little effect on the psychological wellbeing of teenagers, regardless of whether they use devices for hours a day or just before bedtime, according to a study by researchers at Oxford University. The research, based on analysis of the screen use of more than 17,000 teenagers across Ireland, the US and the UK, found use of screens before bedtime was completely unrelated to psychological wellbeing, and screen time more generally had a minuscule effect on wellbeing in teenagers when compared with other activities in an adolescents life. The effect was believed to be small enough that adolescents would need to report 63 hours and 31 …

McDonalds Replaces Happy Meal Toys With Our Favorite Childhood Books To Encourage Kids To Read

With more and more kids enslaved to the screen from as young as they can remember, the push to ensure that children are still able to get lost in a book and let their imaginations roam free is more important than ever.Over in New Zealand, the giant fast-food chain recognizes this and has replaced the tacky plastic toys you would often find in a Happy Meal with the whimsical works of McDonalds “The Happy Meal Readers programme is all about helping parents to get their children to enjoy reading,”declining literacy rates, especially among teenagers, in Image credits: local library, so you don’t need to expand your kids’ waistlines in order to expand their minds! dadness The books, which also include …