Daycare detrimental to kids – Family First report

first_img3 News 8 February 2012A conservative lobby group has sparked debate after issuing a report from a controversial academic who claims daycare is detrimental to children. The report, issued by Family First this morning, claims spending long periods of time in day care is detrimental to a child’s long-term development. The author of the study, Dr Aric Sigman, is also behind a 2009 study that Facebook and other social networking sites cause cancer. When the study was released in Britain last year experts attacked Dr Sigman for “cherry-picking”, or ignoring evidence that did not support his theory. The report claims the level of stress hormone cortisol is higher in children in centre-based care. Dr Sigman says the hormone is produced in response to fear and uncertainty, and too much of it has been linked to a lowered immune system. “Attending daycare for an extended time… could have potential long-term consequences for their mental and physical health as adults,” the study says. The Family First report, entitled ‘Who Cares’, looks at the increasing number of children who spend time in daycare while their parents are at work.—Family-First-report/tabid/423/articleID/242141/Default.aspx#ixzz1ljN5WgAvlast_img read more

Teenagers ‘can be corrupted’ by Hollywood sex scenes

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 18 July 2012Watching sex scenes in Hollywood films can make children more promiscuous and sexually active from a younger age, a new study has suggested. Psychologists concluded that teenagers exposed to more sex on screen in popular films are likely to have sexual relations with more people and without using condoms. The study, based on nearly 700 popular films, found that watching love scenes could “fundamentally influence” a teenager’s personality. The researchers, from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, concluded youngsters were more prone to take risks in their future relationships. They also concluded that for every hour of exposure to sexual content on-screen, participants were more than five times more likely to lose their virginity within six years. “Adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages, have more sexual partners, and are less likely to use condoms with casual sexual partners,” said Dr Ross O’Hara, who led the study….The team, reporting in Psychological Science, studied 1228 children aged between 12 and 14 and then analysed their sexual behaviour six years later. Each teenager identified which popular films of differing classifications they had seen from a random list of 50. Six years later they were asked how old they were when they became sexually active, how many partners they had, how risky their sexual behaviour was and whether they used condoms. The findings provided a link between exposure to sex on screen and sexual behaviour. Participants also said they tried to mimic love scenes they had seen on screen in the real world. read more

Police nab 709 drug-drivers

first_imgOtago Daily Times 15 Oct 2012More than 700 drivers have been caught for drug-driving since a new law came into effect. Figures released to the Otago Daily Times under the Official Information Act showed 575 motorists had been charged with drug-driving between the introduction of new legislation on November 1, 2009 and July this year. During the same period, a further 134 motorists were charged under older legislation. National Manager Road Policing Superintendent Carey Griffiths said numbers charged with drug-driving were far lower than for drink-driving. Police lacked a quick and accurate roadside test for drugs as was available for alcohol. Supt Griffiths said the intention of current legislation was to remove impaired drivers from the country’s roads, and police did not also test for drugs if a driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol. “The vast majority of impaired drivers are impaired by alcohol.” In November 2009 amendments to legislation allowed police to require a compulsory impairment test to be completed, and to take blood samples for drug analysis. read more

Male Female Whatever on Passports

first_imgNZ Herald 5 Dec 2012New Zealand’s tiny transgender community is celebrating a quiet change that allows people to change their gender on their passports by a simple declaration. The change, which came into force on Friday without any public announcement, allows people to state their gender as male, female or “X” (indeterminate/unspecified), without the need to change their birth certificates or citizenship records. “It’s amazing,” said Joey Macdonald, an Auckland mental health worker who changed the gender on his passport from female to “X” and who chairs the transgender support group GenderBridge. “It means that on this particular provision, New Zealand is leading the way and is one of the leading countries in terms of reducing barriers to having a national identity document for transpeople.” A Human Rights Commission report recommended in 2008 that people should have the right to change their gender on their passports and other documents.The law was changed in 2009 to allow changes from male to female or vice versa by a declaration from the Family Court, and a change from either gender to “X” by a statutory declaration. A Family Court declaration is still required for a male/female gender change on citizenship documents, but this policy is under review. A Passport Office spokesman said gender changes on passports could now be made purely by a statutory declaration stating a person’s preferred sex or gender identity and how long they have had that identity. read more

Alcohol policy halved street crime

first_imgChristchurch Press 11 June 2013The Christchurch City Council has proposed a one-way door policy after 1am for Christchurch bars in some parts of the city and 1am closing in others. Tony Brown, who campaigned for a similar policy in Newcastle, New South Wales, says it has worked for his city and public safety must be put before pub profits. I commend Christchurch City Council, police and health authorities for their courage and wisdom in seeking a 1am closure or 3am closure with 1am lockout to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm.In 2007, Australia’s sixth largest city, Newcastle, with a regional population of more than 620,000, had the highest rate of alcohol-fuelled street violence, associated with its deregulated night economy where on average 20,000 younger patrons were allowed to drink themselves stupid to 5am every weekend. Unsurprisingly, our inner city also had the ignominious distinction of the highest drink-driving rate and one of New South Wales’ highest rates of drunken assaults on police and other emergency workers, including ambulance officers, nurses and doctors. From around 2000, when the New South Wales government, under the influence of the powerful liquor industry, gave the green light to Newcastle pubs and clubs to extend their late trading, the number of alcohol-related admissions to our large hospital emergency department skyrocketed. Local residents became hostage to the appalling levels of alcohol-fuelled violence, vandalism and vomit. It cost Newcastle City Council ratepayers around $1 million a year just to clean up this so called “vibrancy”. Compliance with Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) legal obligations by our liquor lords was simply non-existent….Following protracted legal proceedings initiated by the local police with the support of over 150 local residents and small businesses, an independent Liquor Administration Board (shortly thereafter abolished) in March 2008 imposed a precinct-wide and enforceable 3am closure, 1am lockout and a package of other controls impacting on the availability and strength of alcohol sold. The public and politicians were, and still are, subjected to hysteria and spin from the powerful and very well-connected Australian Hotel Association (AHA). They falsely claim these modest and sensible alcohol-supply controls have “devastated” Newcastle and created a “wowser” or “nanny state”, ruled by the “fun police” for a “retirement village”. They ignore the ongoing significant investment in licensed premises.A 2012 study by Professor John Wiggers, of Hunter New England Population Health and the University of Newcastle found:A sustained 35 per cent reduction in night-time alcohol- fuelled (non-domestic) assaults.We estimate this may have prevented over 2500 brutal bashings of our predominantly younger people on our city streets late at night.A 50 per cent reduction in night-time street crime.A 26 per cent reduction in alcohol-related night time ED admissions.About 80 per cent community support for the harm prevention measures.A recent Deakin University study found the benefits of the 2008 Newcastle intervention have surpassed any other Australian city’s attempts to reduce alcohol-related harm. read more

Bookstores refuse to sell Children’s Book of the Year

first_imgBookstores refuse to sell Children’s Book of the Year TVNZ 1 July 2013A judge is defending an award-winning children’s book, which has been taken off the shelves in some bookstores, saying the book’s descriptions of sex acts, drug-taking and coarse language help to tell the real story. Ted Dawe’s teen novel Into the River took out the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award and was also the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category. Some bookstores are refusing to sell the book and organisers of the awards have sent out a “explicit content” warning stickers to all booksellers.But its “unnecessarily graphic” content, coarse language including the c-word, drug and sex references has provoked response. Family First’s Bob McCoskrie said Mr Dawe and judges were out to “pollute the moral innocence of kids” and even adults would find it offensive. Beckett argues the story could not have been told without the coarse language, drug and sex references. read more

Street prostitution rife, Parliament told

first_img3 News 27 June 2013Asenati Lole-Taylor says street prostitution is rife in Manukau, Christchurch and other areas (file) The Government is shifting responsibility for the problems caused by street prostitution on to local councils which don’t have powers to deal with it, Parliament has been told. NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor says street prostitution is rife in Manukau, Christchurch and other areas. In Parliament yesterday she questioned Prime Minister John Key about what the Government intended doing to curb it. Mr Key said the Local Government Act empowered councils to make by-laws. read more

Denying kids a daddy – it’s not a gift

first_imgNZ Herald 21 June 2014Grant Triplow is 43 and describes his build as athletic. He is 178cm tall and weighs 90kg. His hair and eyes are dark brown and he has olive skin.These facts, without his name attached, along with his occupation and medical history are how he will first be encountered by clients of a sort – clients sizing up his reproductive powers.Mr Triplow is a sperm donor – a good one according to a medical assessment of his sperm’s motility and quantity.“I was told it’s strong and the count is quite high.”He has Maori ancestry and this may be his most attractive feature, given that amid a shortage of sperm donors overall, the scarcity is most acute for women and couples who want a Maori, Pasifika or Asian donor. read more

Food in Schools Bills defeated

first_imgOneNews 18 March 2015A Green Party members bill to introduce a more comprehensive food in schools programme for all decile one and two schools has been defeated at its first reading in Parliament this afternoon.Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei Metiria’s so-called ‘Feed the Kids’ members bill, which she inherited from former MP Hone Harawira, was narrowly voted down by 61 to 59 votes.The bill would have seen all kids in decile one and two schools provided with breakfast and lunch.The Government insists there are only small numbers of children going without food at school and that its existing programmes and its contributions to the KidsCan charity are doing enough to address the issue.Another members bill addressing the issue, in the name of Labour MP David Shearer, is also due to be debated this evening, although it’s also unlikely to progress. read more

New palliative guidelines a great step in positive direction

first_imgLecretia Seales’ husband backs palliative care guidance but says more neededStuff 23 December 2015The husband of Lecretia Seales says new palliative care guidelines are a positive step but will not do enough to help some dying patients like his late wife.The guidance Te Ara Whakapiri: Principles and guidance for the last days of life released by the Government on Monday outlines how health professionals should care for patients at the end of their lives.Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said it was important that Kiwis could access “quality, personalised and compassionate palliative care”, with around 17,000 adults and their families using the services in 2015.Coleman said the new guidance placed a greater focus on developing individual care plans, as well as “clear and respectful” communication.“This guidance has been designed to help ensure consistent and quality care is provided for New Zealanders, whether they are in a hospice, aged residential care, hospital or their own home.”The guidance was developed after public consultation and had been endorsed by the key organisations involved with palliative care, including the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand and Hospice New Zealand. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more