Hey Siri, want to be friends? Children talk to tech, but does it respond?

A University of Washington (UW) study has examined what authors describe as “a missed opportunity” for voice-activated devices, or digital assistants, such as Siri and Alexa, to reach every member of the family.

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by Freya Lucas

Screen time predicts delays in child development, says new research

Researchers, doctors, public health officials and parents are all trying to make sense of the impact of screen time on children.

2 hours ago

by Dillon Thomas Browne, University of Waterloo; Nicole Racine, University of Calgary, and Sheri Madigan, University of Calgary

Children’s memories of pain are affected by adult anxiety, study finds

Young children who undergo routine surgery, such as having their tonsils out, are “greatly impacted” by the anxiety levels of the adults around them when it comes to memories of post-surgery pain, according to a study from the University of Calgary, which has also been published in medical journal Pain.

a day ago

by Freya Lucas

Larger portions a big piece of the childhood obesity puzzle, researchers say

Researchers from Penn State University have found that children between the ages of three and five are susceptible to the ‘portion size’ effect the tendency to eat more when larger portions are served finding that children will consume more, both in terms of weight and calories when larger portions of meals and snacks are available.

2 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Too hungry to learn: new research highlights connection between hunger and cognition

Researchers have found that food insecurity having limited access to sufficient safe and nutritious food at home negatively impacts on learning across the education life span. The news will be of interest to those in the Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, with research showing that two in five families seek food assistance from charities to combat food insecurity in Australia each year.

6 days ago

by Freya Lucas