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Exercise: an antidote for behavioral issues in students?

Medical X-Press – Amy Norton

“Children with serious behavioral disorders might fare better at school if they get some exercise during the day, a new study suggests. The researchers focused on children and teenagers with conditions that included autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression. They looked at whether structured exercise during the school day—in the form of stationary “cybercycles”—could help ease students’ behavioral issues in the classroom. Over a period of seven weeks, the study found it did. Kids were about one-third to 50 percent less likely to act out in class, compared to a seven-week period when they took standard gym classes.”(more)

Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“Too much Facebook browsing at Christmas – and seeing all those “perfect” families and holiday photos – is more likely to make you miserable than festive, research suggests. A University of Copenhagen study suggests excessive use of social media can create feelings of envy. It particularly warns about the negative impact of “lurking” on social media without connecting with anyone.”(more)

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

The Huffington Post – Amy Thompson

“There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language have less likelihood of developing dementia. Additionally, the bilingual brain becomes better at filtering out distractions, and learning multiple languages improves creativity. Evidence also shows that learning subsequent languages is easier than learning the first foreign language.”(more)

Break your child from these 7 harmful health habits

Fox News – Julie Revelant

“Thumb sucking, picky eating and nose picking are not only a nuisance, but they can have lasting effects on your child’s health. Here, experts weigh in on why these habits are harmful and offer their best tips for how to deal with your child’s behaviors.”(more)

Confident fathers have happier children, says study

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Confident fathers who embrace becoming a parent are less likely to have children who display behavioural issues before the teenage years, a study says. The Oxford University research stresses the importance of a man’s attitude to fatherhood soon after birth. This can influence later behaviour more than undertaking childcare and chores. The study assessed if fathers were confident with their child, formed a strong bond and felt closer to their partner as a result of parenthood.”(more)

How to Develop Mindsets for Compassion and Caring in Students

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Early in his career Dr. Robert Brooks became the principal of a school in a locked-door unit at McLean Psychiatric Hospital. He and his staff of teachers worked with children and adolescents who were severely disturbed and whose behavior showed their turmoil. Within the first few months, Brooks felt demoralized and dreaded work each day. “I had a very negative mindset,” Brooks said at a Learning and the Brain conference on mindsets in San Francisco. Brooks is now a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is the author of over a dozen books, including Raising Resilient Children. He has spent his career researching how to help develop resilience in children and adults, working extensively with educators in many contexts.”(more)