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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Young kids recognize unhealthy food brands more than healthy ones

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle

“For very young children, awareness of food brands increases greatly between ages three and four and is highest for unhealthy foods, according to a new study from Ireland.”(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alarm bells over computers and child development

The Irish Times – Mark Hilliard

“Children as young as three are increasingly using tablet computers in the home leading to calls for a debate in Ireland on how cyberspace should be controlled in the future…Psychologist Mary Aiken believes parents are becoming less able to provide safeguards alone and filtering software is not always reliable.”(more)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Parenting courses help reduce ADHD symptoms among children, study shows

The Irish Times – Carl O’Brien

“Children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can make significant improvements in behaviour if their parents receive a special training programme, according to a study.”(more)

Friday, November 15, 2013

New campaign aims to boost languages in our education

Independent.ie – Katherine Donnelly

“While so-called STEM subjects are much in demand from employers, proficiency in foreign languages is also essential for many jobs. Many businesses and industries operate in a global market, and their staff need to be able to communicate across the world.”(more)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

IT skills and languages will increase jobseeker employment prospects

Careers Portal – Staff Writer

“The National Skills Bulletin 2013 continues to report skills shortages across a number of occupations, and multilingual skills are a key aspect of some of these shortages…The acquisition of foreign language capability would also increase jobseekers’ employment prospects.” (more)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Investment in child development at an early stage leaves an important positive legacy

The Irish Times – Richard Layte

“Over the past seven years researchers from the ESRI and Trinity College Dublin have been following almost 20,000 children as they grow and develop…The new analysis shows, conclusively, that a child’s environment in the first three years of life is crucial.”(more)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ireland and Facebook Working Together Against Cyberbullying

Education News – Jordan E. Wassell

“With cyberbullying on the rise and an increasing teen suicide rate, Ireland’s Department of Education has reached out to Facebook to address concerns about destructive online behavior.”(more)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Getting over the language barrier: how Irish job seekers can improve their career options

Silicon Republic – Elaine Burke

““There are jobs in the immediate future for people with foreign languages,” she declares, adding that engineers, software developers and computer science graduates could particularly benefit from this added skillset.”(more)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Northern Ireland Audit Office: School pupils lack basic skills

The BBC – Staff Writer

“Unacceptably large numbers of pupils are failing to achieve even minimal levels in literacy and numeracy, an independent report has concluded.”(more)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Early learning scheme boosts reading and maths skills

The Irish Times- Staff Writer

“An early-learning initiative for pre-school children in disadvantaged areas of Dublin’s Docklands area has resulted in a rise in educational achievement in English and maths, a study has found.”(more)