When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions parents are asking


This article looks at the vaccines for children and it appears that work has already been started or is soon to start, but there is still, at least, one other area and this is for adults with learning disabilities (Intellectual Disabilities) and Autism who are needle averse, for in this area needle injections are not possible.

The adults are very vulnerable, but as I see it there is no work taking place in that direction.

With regards to Flu these adults can be given the nasal spray, which is generally given to children under 12 years, but it is not as effective as the injection, but something is better than nothing.

 

Source: When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions parents are asking

Things I Would Say To My 15 Year Old Self


If only we could

Lauren Says It All

I often look back at my teenage years and cringe at the things that used to happen. The way I used to act. And most importantly, the way I used to present myself. If only I had a guide and someone to tell me what I was doing and how much I would regret it.

Some of the things I would say are:

1. Yes school is boring. We have all established that. But how about actually listening in class and learning, rather than swapping notes with your mates and texting under the table.

2. You don’t have to keep changing the colour of your hair to ‘fit in’ this really will damage your hair in the future and make it harder for your hair to adapt to new colour or go back to your natural colour.

3. When your mum says be home at 9, she is not trying…

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Games or Gamification: What Can We Learn?


An interesting article, with an even more interesting view point.

I believe it is true that the younger generation of today are so used to electronic gaming, which they appear to enjoy and are willing to learn about. But is this true of education today or are they still using the old, tried and trusted methods, which some of the youngsters of today could well find boring and uninteresting and so are not as willing to learn from as previous generations.

As interests are being expanded and geared to a more modern approach, should not the same be so for education?

Found on the blog of Human Interest, reblogged from MindMake

13 year old children today, are the media right or wrong?


Today’s 13-year-olds are not as bad as we’re led to believe from The Conversation.

An extract ‘In 1982 I was toying with the idea of a career in teaching. That year a controversial film, Made in Britain, starring Tim Roth was released and I almost didn’t become a teacher. The film’s central character, Trevor was a dysfunctional, violent, foul-mouthed youth – everything society hates and fears. My natural fear was how would I, as a young teacher, cope with a classroom full of such kids? Of course the film is fictional. It portrayed the 1980s accurately – but did it portray Britain’s youth accurately?

With the way some of the media represents young people, you may be forgiven for thinking that Roth’s character is alive and well and infesting our streets and schools. Different newspapers have their favourite terms for teenagers: the Daily Mail likes “yobs”, while the Daily Express goes with “feral kids”.  ……….’

Within the above is the following report

Longitudinal study of young people in England* from the Department of Education

An extract from ‘ ………The analysis presented in this report shows that 13 year olds and their parents are, on the whole, positive about their school, home and personal lives. They appear more likely to make responsible choices than ten years ago – the findings produced in this report are in line with other research suggesting this is a sober, responsible generation of young
people. ……’

So just what is the truth? Do the media just highlight a minority group and then by either design or not imply this is in fact the majority. Is this just for the media of today or could it also be for yesteryear? For, is it not true that there as and may always will be a minority group of individuals who wish to rebel against the Values of Society and will these persons be the ones who the media wish to highlight. For in most cases what makes ‘headlines’ is it tragedies and bad events or good events?

The same can be said of the media coverage of persons on benefits, do they not publish accounts after accounts of persons claiming benefits for which they are not deemed to be entitled or misuse the benefits they receive. This then provides, to the population at large, a distorted belief of persons who claim benefits. There may be many more instances of how the media may distort information. Should the media not provide a balance in their reporting? It may be that you need to view the political leanings of each publication and should this be made clear within each media.

But in any context you will be studying statistics and can these statistics always be believed. Do we really know how the information as been obtained, is it from actual happenings, or is it from what has been said by particular persons. If it is the former are all happenings being included and if the latter, do we know what is being said is the truth. Are the statistics representative and how many persons have been included in the research. In the former have all areas of the country been included and all demographic persons.

So just what can we believe? Or do we just form our own opinions from information gleaned from a variety of sources, whether they be correct or not.

So are the media right or wrong, but this is just your own opinion as to what it is. But as it is an opinion, others may not agree, but we all do have a right to our own opinions.

* Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.