The kids are alright...or are they?

The Conversation Canada works with many academic authors across the country who are worried about our kids -- their physical health, their mental health and their general well being. For your reading pleasure this weekend, I've assembled a collection of great stories about children (and those who are ready to have kids) from across The Conversation global network.

Have a great weekend and we'll be back in your Inbox on Monday.

Scott White


Weekend Reads

Canada: What will it take to end physical punishment of children?

Valerie Michaelson, Queen's University, Ontario

Until Canadians challenge the normalization of violence against children, we will continue to support, or at least tacitly condone, something that by all accounts is harmful.

Children with arthritis lack vitamin D

Alan Rosenberg, Hassan Vatanparast, Sarah Finch, University of Saskatchewan

A new study points to a clear link between childhood arthritis and abnormally low levels of vitamin D, especially ion northern countries.

What about the kids? The worrisome Cuba-North Korea friendship

Robert Huish, Dalhousie University; Peter Steele, Dalhousie University

The new friendship between North Korea and Cuba is puzzling. The two countries should share values as socialist republics, but their brands of socialism are worlds apart when it comes to children.

Children in Africa struggle to get justice. Here’s how to improve their access

Julia Sloth-Nielsen, University of the Western Cape

When children are drawn into their countries' informal justice systems, their human rights are often threatened.

Weight monitoring during pregnancy could help save lives

Hazel Flight, Edge Hill University

The right advice on nutrition is not always reaching pregnant women.

Quel est le « bon » âge pour avoir des enfants ?

Charlotte Walker, Suzannah Williams, University of Oxford

Le choix de l’âge auquel on aura des enfants n’est pas anodin, et de nombreux paramètres doivent être pris en compte pour déterminer le meilleur moment…

Mental health disorders among England’s young has risen in recent years

Tamsin Newlove-Delgado, University of Exeter

First figures on the state of young people's mental health in England in 13 years have been released.

The 1938 Kindertransport saved 10,000 children but it’s hard to describe it as purely a success

Andrea Hammel, Aberystwyth University

The visa waiver scheme saved thousands of Jewish children from persecution – but at a huge cost.

Watching violence on screens makes children more emotionally distressed

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Université Sainte-Anne

Children exposed to scenes of violence may develop a view that the world is more dangerous than it actually is.

Fantastic Beasts – experts explain the mysterious real life questions behind JK Rowling’s magic tales

From witching equality to what we'd see if we looked in a real Mirror of Erised, researchers explore the magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.