While some kids are learning their ABCs and 123s, others are learning to become true musicians:
Two-year-old Lennox showcased his musical talents this week when he started drumming to Speak Life’s “I Can.” With just a pair of sticks in his hand, the toddler didn’t miss a single beat. He even took a mini solo, and nailed it.
Quick, someone needs to buy this kid some drums and sign him up for some classes.
Ashurst Hospital in the New Forest needs a new lease of life and there is an exciting opportunity to redevelop facilities on the site to make it modern, welcoming and fit for purpose, now and in the future.
Working with our local healthcare partners, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group has started to build a vision. We want to create a child and family friendly Health Centre which focuses on providing a range of services for our children, young people and families living in the New Forest and Totton and Waterside areas.
The New Forest Birth Centre, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and Hearing Screening are already based at Ashurst Hospital and there is room to turn our vision into a reality so we want to explore this opportunity further.
There are, of course, some restrictions on what can be provided in a local community health facility but your thoughts and ideas will help us to build a vision for the future and identify what health services and facilities for children, young people and families are important to you.
It is well-known that children have excellent opinions on mostly everything. So why not let them tackle the big subjects: the universe, death and God?
In the first episode of Cut Video’s “Kids Explain” series, children weigh in on what God looks like (Spiderman), who they may have been in a past life (not a bug) and what cool stuff is in heaven (doughnuts):
Life under siege: Children in Aleppo use bomb crater as swimming pool
More than 2 million people in Aleppo have no access to clean water as the conflict in the Syrian city continues to escalate, according to UNICEF. But that hasn’t stopped some children from playing around in a murky pool that has formed in a crater left behind by a missile strike.
The moment when are “kid’s menu” becomes “children on the menu” rather than “a menu for children”.
A fancy wedding accidentally made that less-than-fancy mistake on RSVP invitations they sent out. In a photo uploaded to Reddit’s r/funny, the RSVP card asks you, sir or madam, for your name, whether you’ll be attending, and whether you’d like to eat beef, pork or young children (12 and under) for the entrée.
Just check off your favorite dish, and let them know about any dietary restrictions. They’re free range, completely organic and just a bit whiny.
There’s no question that tablet computers have swept into children’s lives in the past couple of years. But is this good, bad or neutral?
‘Parents,’ says the BBC iWonder website, ‘sometimes worry that time spent playing on screen devices may be stunting important development in areas such as social and communication skills. However, as devices and technology have evolved to be more intuitive and creative, they have opened up a world of possibilities for children who previously may have been frustrated by the constraints of their abilities and their environment.’
To help you think through this question for yourself, Professor Lydia Plowman and teaching fellow Juliet Hancock, from the University of Edinburgh, have put together a helpful guide.
There are currently 250 million children around the world living in countries affected by conflict, and half of the 19.5 million refugees globally are children. A new awareness campaign hopes to shine a light on them all — by focusing on one.
UNICEF Sweden has created “Sofia,” a 3D-animated child using 500 photos of real children from emergency areas. The images were provided by Getty Images, the campaign’s visual partner, and animators from the films Planet of the Apes and Avatar worked with creative agency Edelman Deportivo to bring her to life.
Per Westberg, deputy executive director of UNICEF Sweden, said in a statement.
“We have created Sofia to give a face to all the children that aren’t visible to us. Sofia is a symbol for all the orphan children, all the children that have been forced to leave their homes due to conflicts, who have stopped growing because of lack of nutrition and who dream of going to school.”
UNICEF decided to call the child Sofia because it was reported as the “most popular” name across the world last year.
The animation released this week marks the first of three videos in the organization’s #FörSofia spring campaign, according to Swedish news outlet Resumé.
“Meet Sofia,” the video opens. “She is the children that no one sees, in the disasters no one talks about. This is her story.”
While the video runs the risk of perpetuating an idea that there is a single refugee experience, the most compelling part is when Sofia says, “I’m not real. I’m the face of all the children suffering from emergencies no one talks about.”
Then, images of refugee children and those in conflict areas populate the screen.
In addition to awareness, the campaign aims to inspire people to become donors to UNICEF, as “world parents.”
“Sofia is representing all the children you are helping when you are a world parent, UNICEF supports the children, through long-term development projects and through acute support when disasters occur. We are distributing our efforts according to needs, and the most exposed children will get help first.”