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Quarter of 14-year-old girls ‘have signs of depression’

BBC – Michelle Roberts

“The government-funded study of over 10,000 young people looked at how many experienced the signs of depression not a clinical diagnosis of one. Being from a poorer background or being of mixed or white ethnic background appeared to raise the risk. Surveys with their parents, however, suggested many were not attuned to the true anxieties of their children. Parents often underestimated daughters’ stress and had concerns about sons that the boys themselves did not voice.”(more)

How should we handle boys who can’t read?

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Many people know that girls, on average, are worse at math than boys. But the gender difference is three times greater when it comes to reading. According to international studies, this is where boys struggle. Why? And what can be done about it? For starters, children who struggle most with learning to read could be identified earlier than is currently done. And now, researchers are finding new ways to do this.”(more)

Male teacher shortage affects boys who need role models

USA Today – Hollie Deese

“For 35 years, Len Saunders has been teaching physical education to elementary school children in Montville, N.J. Personally, he knows how important a strong male role model can be and hopes he is that for his students. His own father died just months before he was born, so he depended on uncles, coaches and other men to guide him in certain areas of his physical and mental development. Without them, he thinks, his life would have taken a different path.”(more)

Don’t wrap girls in cotton wool, says private school leader

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Parents and teachers should not “wrap girls in cotton wool”, an independent schools’ leader has said. Girls were not victims and were stronger and more feisty than they were often given credit for, said Cheryl Giovannoni, chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST). Ms Giovannoni said girls should be encouraged to take the sorts of risks boys were more likely to take. They should also be taught to say no and not always be willing to please.”(more)

Reading for pleasure falls after primary school years

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Only one-third of teenage boys in the UK say they enjoy reading, a study by the National Literacy Trust suggests. The Trust found a significant drop in boys’ reading enjoyment between the ages of eight and 16 – from 72% at ages eight-to-11 to 36% at ages 14-16. Girls’ pleasure in picking up a book also dropped off in the teenage years, though not quite as markedly. At ages eight-to-11, 83% of girls said they enjoyed reading, but this dropped back to 53% at ages 14-16. Director of the NLT Jonathan Douglas said: “Young people’s love of reading steadily declines from the day they leave primary school to the day they leave secondary school – particularly when it comes to boys. “This is a trend we must reverse.” Mr Douglas said an increasing number of academic, social and leisure priorities, as well as a curriculum that puts more emphasis on homework and study, all played their part.”(more)

TV and video games link to emotional and behavioural problems among young boys

Medical X-Press – Inga Feitsma

“New research from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has found a link between different types of electronic media and mental health among young children. Led by Dr Lisa Mundy, the research is the first large population-based study to show clear links between the amount of time spent using TV and video games, and emotional and behavioural problems in late childhood (8-9 years). It was published today in Academic Pediatrics. “This is an important age group to study, because it’s the age at which children’s use of media begins to escalate,” Dr Mundy explains.”(more)