YouTube has recently received an avalanche of bad press, criticised for its poor control over potentially harmful content advertised as ‘kid-friendly’. A scary revelation for any parent who’s ever left their child alone with an iPad–even just for the few minutes it takes for one of these disingenuous videos to begin streaming; but the good news is that YouTube is cracking down on the offending users and inappropriate uploads.
This pestilent remnant of the Victorian age is rearing its red head again, with a 50% rise in reported cases in England in 2017 compared to 2016. Here’s how to spot the telltale signs–and what to do next.
According to recent research, the prevalence of invisible pals is on the decline. A stat quoted in The Guardian–comparing the imaginations of children at the turn of the millennium and those of today–revealed that in 2001 nearly half of all British children had an imaginary friend. Today, the percentage is just 17%.
Life is about challenges, and they won’t all be easily won; in fact, a more accurate summation of life would be that it is fraught with future failures. Not exactly a Hallmark caption, but the truth remains. But, this truth is not necessarily a bad thing–the trick is to convince your kids of that.
SIDS is a terrifying thing, and the spectre of this potential nightmare looms large for at least the first half of baby’s first year–but there are ways to reduce the risk; primarily through creating a safe sleep space for your child.