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OH SUGAR! YOUR CHILD’S BREAKFAST IS SWEETER THAN YOU THOUGHT!

As NHS guidance notes that a high sugar diet can contribute to obesity and lead to an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, a new infographic has been released revealing the sugar content in your child’s favourite breakfast foods.

The graphic, from AXA PPP healthcare  reveals that many British children could be consuming nearly 10 sugar cubes each morning.The healthcare provider suggests eating no more than 30g of sugar per day (for those 11 and over) for a healthy, balanced diet, and looking at the wider nutritional value of foods (e.g. fat content) in addition to sugar.

Graphic courtesy of www.axappphealthcare.co.uk

School staff win first ever pupil-nominated Power for Good award

This Anti-Bullying Week, Caroline Dinenage MP, will present the first ever Power for Good Award to two incredible school workers at a Parliamentary Reception at Speaker’s House on Wednesday evening.  

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years at the Department for Education will give Mr Pittaway from Blue Coat Church of England Academy in Walsall and Mrs Johnson from Orton Wistow Primary School in Peterborough the accolade.  

The award, launched by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) to mark Anti-bullying Week, is designed to recognise teachers and school staff that that go beyond the call of duty to help children with issues such as bullying, relationships, family life and mental health.

Nominations flooded in from children across the country bearing witness to the many teachers that take action against bullying and care deeply for the wider needs of their pupils. One student that nominated Mr Pittaway said:

I want to nominate Mr Pittaway because I feel he has supported me in ways that help me forget about bad things and stop me from getting in trouble.  For example he has removed me from situations such as fights and arguments that could have got me in deep trouble.  He has spent time helping me by explaining the dangers and consequences of my actions. When I am angry or upset Mr Pittaway makes me laugh and helps me forget whatever makes me angry….Mr Pittaway is a great role model who never judges me for who I am and is always there for me in good and bad situations.

Jackie Johnson was nominated by an entire year three class, as well as a number of other pupils in the school, one year six student said  

Mrs Johnson goes above and beyond; she helps with my friendship issues and supports me with everything I do. I know I can trust her; I would not be who or where I am at the moment without her”’

Both the school staff demonstrated many of the attributes that the pupils said were important, these included knowing their names, listening to them, smiling at them, not shouting and showing they still care even if they’re having a bad day themselves. The winners will be joined at the Reception by the school Head Teachers and some of the pupils that made the nominations.  

Caroline Dinenage MP said:
Schools should be safe places for children to develop and learn. Teachers work hard to support pupils with issues such as bullying and the Power for Good award acknowledges their contribution, I am incredibly honoured to present this accolade in its first year. Bullying is a serious issue - one that we have to dedicate time and effort to combat. To support schools and teachers we are investing £4.4million on 10 separate anti-bullying projects across the country.

The theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance is ‘Power for Good’ and throughout the week they are calling on teachers, children and parents to use their power for good to stop bullying. The week is sponsored by SafeToNet and the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, with support from Internet Matters.

Georgie Pursey, Co Founder of SafeToNet said
It is wonderful to see these teachers recognised. We know what a positive influence teachers can have on their students and are thrilled to hear they are teaching that bullying in any form is unacceptable. We are pleased to get behind this year’s Power for Good campaign and recognise we all have our part to play: through the work of SafeToNet we want to empower children and parents to take action against bullying,

Ben Cohen, founder of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation
These awards send such a powerful message that we all need to take bullying seriously and do what we can to take action, we believe everyone has a role to play. We fully support the Power for Good campaign and encourage everyone to stand up against bullying. If you witness any form of bullying – tell someone you trust. It may be frightening, but the bullying will just continue if we ignore it.
Anti-Bullying Week each year shines a spotlight on the issue of bullying, and the winners of the Power for Good Award are examples of how school staff can and do take positive action to stop bullying.  The Anti-Bullying Alliance call on all schools to follow their lead.

Lauren Seager-Smith, National Coordinator of ABA said:
We know there are many schools that despite the challenge of meeting academic targets continue to prioritise the wellbeing of their pupils. We were overwhelmed by how many entries we received, over 100 students or classes got in contact to tell us about an inspirational teacher.  We want there to be an acknowledgment that bullying can happen anywhere, and for all school staff to be trained and supported to work with pupils and parents to tackle the issue.

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Two thirds of British parents consider watching TV with their children as quality time

However, parents could increase one-on-one time by a huge 70% if they take teens out to practise driving

66% of British parents consider watching TV as spending quality time with their children
Just 3% of the average British parent's entire week is spent on one-on-one time with their child
Young driver insurer ingenie found that parents can increase time spent with 17 – 25 year olds by a massive 70% by helping them practise driving

A new study has revealed that a shocking 66% of British parents think that watching television with their child counts as spending quality time with them. Of those who responded, the report shows that parents in Wolverhampton (78%), Sheffield (77%) and Southampton (77%) top the scale for TV time at over 75%. Only 13% of parents claimed they spent time doing activities with their children that didn't fall into an average daily routine.

The statistics were highlighted as young driver insurer ingenie investigated parents' attitudes to taking part in driving practice with their 17 – 25 year olds; discovering over half (54%) of British parents don't bother taking their children out for extra practice while they are learning to drive. With the average British parent spending just three to five hours – just 3% of their entire week – with their child, ingenie is encouraging parents to increase the time they spend with their teenagers by taking them out for supervised driving practice. The report showed that by boosting hours on the road, parent-child one-on-one time increased by a mammoth 70%.

Despite the government’s advice that additional hours on the road before young drivers pass their driving test has a massive impact on their future road safety, parents across the country are using a variety of excuses to avoid taking their 17 – 25 year olds for extra practice. The top cop-outs are claims of fatigue, closely followed by bad weather and then blaming heavy traffic on the road. Over half of parents in Aberystwyth plea tiredness or illness to bail on the driving time while a third of parents in Belfast blame the weather.

The government recommends a minimum of 22 hours of practice time (on top of 47 hours of driving lessons with an instructor) to prepare young drivers for differing road conditions and handling other cars. With this in mind, ingenie has released a guide to how parents can best help their children practise driving and how to remove the likely tension. Find expert advice here ingenie.com/fourth-gear.

Richard King, ingenie CEO, says, "At the age of 17, young people are learning key values and lifelong skills that are extremely relevant when learning to drive. How they learn will define their road safety for the next forty years and it's very important that parents contribute. Of course there’s the risk of some squabbling when parent and teenager start driving practice – but approached in the right way, this time can be hugely rewarding. For your child’s future safety, but also as quality time together away from the usual daily routine.”

As well as having an impact on road safety, the findings also showed that practice time in the car strengthened the family bond. Nearly half of parents (48%) who have helped children practise their driving skills stated that they felt closer to them following the one-on-one time spent together, with one third



(33%) saying that they felt they had made a valuable contribution to their learning.

The report marks the fourth of the five gears in ingenie's Parent Manifesto; a series of activities that aims to educate parents on how to get more involved when their child is learning to drive, in order to complement the learning process and promote safer driving among young people. The manifesto is made up of five stages – with each stage aiming to educate parents on another way they can help their child drive safely and save money.

For more information about how to help a young driver get on the road safely – visit: https://www.ingenie.com/parent-manifesto

WHAT MAKES CHILDREN SMILE?

ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH, IT’S A BEDTIME STORY



Research has revealed it’s still the simple pleasures in life that make our children smile. Forget technology - pulling silly faces (44%), reading stories (28%) and playing hide and seek (27%) remain the best and simplest ways of putting a smile on a child's face, said the survey of 1,000 parents and children.



The research commissioned by Wrigley's Extra®, spoke to children and their parents about what makes them smile to mark the launch of its own storybook, The Lost Smile.



Launched as part of Wrigley Extra’s Smile Back™ Project – The Lost Smile depicts Kyle’s search for his family’s missing smiles, armed with a toothbrush “for brushing up smiles”, and a feather duster, “to tickle out hiding smiles.”



6,500 copies of The Lost Smile – authored by children’s poet Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey - will be distributed free of charge through a Wrigley’s Extra partnership with The Co-operative, reaching children in parts of the UK where rates of tooth decay among children is particularly high.



Joseph Coelho, author of The Lost Smile said: "It’s so exciting to hear from the research that a simple bedtime story is still so meaningful to children. Children give smiles so easily and yet as grown-ups, the pressures of modern life can stop the smiles from happening. This book is a simple nudge to parents to smile. You smile and the world smiles back. So it’s critical that we protect those smiles.



The monies raised from sale of the book will go towards Wrigley’s Extra Smile Back Project which aims to protect children’s smiles by donating money for every pack of Wrigley’s Extra and every storybook sold to its chosen charity partner, Action for Children. This will fund the creation of oral healthcare workshops for families across the UK, benefitting more than 10,000 children and 5,000 parents in its first year.


For information on how to protect your family’s smiles and how you can support the Smile Back Project through the purchase of The Lost Smile, visit www.smileback.wrigley.co.uk. The book is available for £3.99 RRP and all funds raised through its sale will go towards supporting the work of Action for Children and the Oral Health Foundation.

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