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JUL

App teaches better contact for schools and parents

Communications between parents and schools can be time-consuming and frustrating. An Irish start-up is helping to make the process easier with a free, two-way app for schools, sports clubs and creches, writes Ruth Doris Komeer’s founder and CEO, Pat Walsh, claims the service can save schools up to €5,000 a year on text messaging and administration costs ...

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JUL

My Sex Ed Experience The bill that will Change Irish Relationship and Sexuality Education

I can only vaguely remember sex education in primary school. Going to an all-boys primary, the sex-ed seminar was held in conjunction with the all-girls primary across the road. All of sixth class, over sixty students, were packed into the gym. From what I remember, the class mostly consisted of suppressed giggling at the pictures of penises. The teachers presenting the class, spoke somewhat about the biology of sex, a lot of which was known to the boy school students ...

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JUL

Vigilance key for parents as children are most likely to drown in summer

Irene Long says summer is when children are most likely to drown — with boys twice as likely as girls — so parents must be vigilant. PARENTS need to be extra-vigilant with children around water in summer, whether it’s a paddling pool in the garden, a trip to the beach, or splashing in the swimming pool on a holiday abroad ...

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JUL

From tiny seeds grow Children growing their own veg more likely to be healthy eaters

Children who grow their own vegetables are more likely to foster an interest in science, improve their interpersonal skills, and eat healthier, says Kya DeLongchamps I LEARNED a lot about my little girl in the process of tending a single raised bed. First of all, the textures of handfuls of earth are a huge draw. Fighting a four-year-old’s impulse to lather up with muck just devastates their interest ...

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JUL

Vending machines are sources of revenue for schools

Children tempted by fizzy drinks, chocolate and crisps on a daily basis in schools An Oireachtas committee this week recommended a ban on vending machines which dispense junk food in schools. Photograph: iStock Sausage rolls, chips, mini-pizzas, Danish pastries and cookies. They are just some of the staples on the menus of most secondary school canteens today. Almost half of schools have access to vending machines which sell chocolate, crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks ...

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JUL

Leo Varadkar speaks at the launch of the new council for online safety in a bid to protect kids and adults from online predators

The scheme will roll out over an 18-month period and here we outline advice for parents and teachers, kids and members of the public on how to protect themselves online THE Government has announced a range of measures to protect kids and adults from online predators. A new National Advisory Council on Online Safety will provide advice on net safety policy issues and legislation for new web criminal offences will be established ...

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