Tag Archive: Pre-Teen

Bulimia more likely to affect poor than rich

A 10-year survey conducted by the University of Southern California Institute of Economic Policy Research revealed information about bulimia that runs counter to the common notion that it primarily affects privileged caucasian girls. Beginning when the participants were 9 or 10, the researchers regularly queried girls’ behaviour. Perhaps the most important information to be reported…

Txt msgs linked to reading skills

Instant messaging, chatting, and text messages are often mentioned in the same breath as complaints about the decline of children’s spelling and reading skills. Predictions about the decline of literacy as a result of the abbreviations and misspellings commonly used on the internet and mobile phones were being made as early as 2006, although some…

School fears and tweens

Parenting.com posted an article this week about 8 to 12 year-olds who become fearful about going to school. Dr. Jill Grimes, a family physician,  suggested that parents rule out physical causes of symptoms, and provided four suggestions to help tweens get back into the classroom: An antacid A high-fiber diet Teach the teen how to…

TV ratings fail to reflect cartoon violence

Researchers at Iowa State University are investigating aggression and kids’ television viewing. Their study, published in the March/April issue of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, compared the amount of violence in children’s shows according to their rating. Surprisingly, they found that shows deemed acceptable for children aged 7 and older (TV-Y7) contained three times…