County Line gang activities and recruitment of young children have increased across the UK during the lockdown. What are County Lines? It is a technique to transport drugs from one area to another by using the individual phone lines. The Organised Criminal Groups (OCGs) exploit innocent children and get them to sell and supply drugs. Photo credits by Pixabay There are more than 20 OCGs across the UK trafficking drugs into small towns and villages. They do this by manipulating children as young as 13, especially those with mental health or addiction issues. They are trained and groomed by the drug dealers who use them as drug mules to carry packages of heroin and cocaine on public transport. Philip Seccombe, a Police and Crime Commissioner of Warwickshire tol...
Scotland has become the first country in the UK to ban the smacking of children. The new legislation came into effect on November 7 2020 giving children the same protection from assault as adults. Wales is said to be the next country in the UK to ban smacking by 2022. The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that one in five adults aged 18 to 74 years old have experienced at least one form of child abuse before the age of 16, whether it was emotional, physical or sexual abuse or have witnessed domestic violence. According to the Children’s Act 2004, smacking is still permitted in other parts of the UK as it is considered “reasonable punishment”. The Scottish Green MSP John Finnie introduced these changes in the hope of being able to demonstrate to children that violence is u
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Marcus Rashford has persuaded the government to invest a large amount of money into the Free School Meals (FSM) scheme. Photo credited by Halima Ahcene Djaballah UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson called Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to donate more than £400m for low-income families from early Christmas. So what is the FSM scheme exactly? FSM is a deal for children to receive free school meal vouchers for out of term time. This is thought to help financially deprived households through these challenging times. As well as free meals, the vouchers also consist of health start, education and holiday clubs. How will this affect hard-hit families due to Coronavirus? Omar Farooq (29), a teacher of a school in North West London, told Westminster World how he fe
In 2010, people would make some assumptions about ten year later in 2020: cars can drive in the sky and people can learn or work sitting at home instead of gathering in the classroom and tall buildings. Obviously, cars are still being driven on the road. But the second one, it seems like it is already happening during the spread of coronavirus. As schools closed their doors and online education forced to proceed, China was the first one to test its implementability. Basically there are three forms of online teaching in China during this period. One is live streaming teaching, one is teachers record the video beforehand and send the link to students. The last one is all the students learning the universal video material. How is the online course going? Take one student’s online le
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You probably already heard about influencers and them earning cash by being active on social media. You perhaps also follow at least one of them. But did you ever wonder how they do it? And if you can be one as well? Then let's look at our explainer video to find out more! https://youtu.be/Dn05IOFAziU
Today humans are at the top of the food chain because humans are one of the luckiest species in nature. But humans still need to be careful, and there are still some very smart animals in nature that are constantly improving and becoming smarter. You may have heard that the gorilla's IQ can reach the level of a seven-year-old child. You may also know that elephants have the same huge wisdom in their bulky bodies. But guess what, there is a bird with an IQ comparable to a monkey, hidden in a petite body. Who is the smartest bird in the world? Why is it so smart? Let us find the answer together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2wD6qR4myE
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The numbers for people who are obese in the UK again saw a record high in 2019; it is the fourth consecutive year that a new national record was set. Around 20 percent of UK's school children aged 8 to 11 are obese, according to the NHS’s National Child Measurement Programme. In other words, every fifth child is severely overweight. This puts the UK on rank 33 out of 191 surveyed countries (Global Obesity Levels). Obesity in childhood increases the risk of obesity in adulthood and can cause serious illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Often, it also triggers mental health issues such as depression or fatigue. Especially now that schools, playgrounds and gyms are closed due to the coronavirus, it is vital to provide a healthy diet and as much
(By Martine Ryholt) The last few weeks have been unlike any others. Schools and nurseries are closed and many parents are working from home. It's normal to feel a bit scared when so many changes happen all at once. Maybe you've heard about Coronavirus in the news, from your parents or a friend? It can be difficult to understand what it really means and why we can't see our friends anymore. We have put together a video for you, explaining Coronavirus and what it means. You can watch it alone or with your parents. Remember that whatever it is you're worried about, it is always good to talk about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M8KEAntxPk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2dakEuJOTBn66-EPXEWUZStcb96h8V5Bzr33w5kLGSx1z3rce6rGCYuzw Text and illustrations: Martine Ryholt,...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfUyInbDu70 The coronavirus pandemic is still a very pressing matter, therefore it is crucial that we stay home and practice social distancing in order to prevent the spread of the virus. While this hasn’t been an easy adjustment to our lives, it has been an especially difficult time for young children. Their routine of going to school, going outside often and having contact with their friends has abruptly come to an end and it may be hard for them to understand why. With that said, children should get a better understanding of what social distancing is in order to navigate how they will be spending their time for the coming weeks. Practicing effective and safe social distancing means: Keeping a distance of 2 to 3 metres away from people
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amRmDFwkJbA&t=4s Children develop skills in five main areas of development: 1- Motor Skills: These skills are required for co-ordination between hands, eyes, legs and other body parts. 2- Creative Skills: The ability to imagine, create and think differently about a given task or problem. 3-Cognitive Skills: The core skills required to think, reason, remember and learn. 4- Social-Emotional Skills: The knowledge to recognise one’s emotions; how they feel and why, maintaining relationships, sharing and caring- all require social-emotional skills. 5-Communication Skills: The ability to talk to another, with or without words in an effective manner. Watch this video to find out 10 fun activities that you can do inside your home, wit