Evening is falling earlier and earlier, and that signals a soon-to-come seasonal turn. From late summer flowers to shop window signage, the many signs of back-to-school are in the air.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Kristie Poole of Brock University writes about how the beginning of a new school year can bring about many emotions for children. Her research has examined children’s social and emotional development, with a focus on individual differences in shyness, and her story looks at shy children and transitions.

“Shyness is a common, normative experience for many children (and adults!),” she writes. She considers approaches that might be helpful in preparing shy children as they get ready for a new school year.

Also today:

All the best.

Susannah Schmidt

Education + Arts Editor

Many parents of shy children are likely to remark that their child has been this way for as long as they can remember. (Shutterstock)

What is shyness? How to support shy children through back-to-school transitions

Kristie Poole, Brock University

In many cases, shyness is not a cause for concern and may have associated benefits. Parents and caregivers can learn strategies to support shy children in making transitions.

A healthy reef on Kiritimati (Christmas Island, Republic of Kiribati). (Danielle Claar)

Coral reefs: How climate change threatens the hidden diversity of aquatic ecosystems

Samuel Starko, The University of Western Australia; Julia K. Baum, University of Victoria

Exploring the often unseen, and poorly understood, nuances of diversity within coral reefs may prove essential for ensuring the long-term health of Earth’s oceans.

Robbie Robertson speaks during a press conference for ‘Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band’ at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

The Band’s Robbie Robertson leaves behind a legacy of rich, worldly music

Alexander Carpenter, University of Alberta

Robbie Robertson, leader of The Band, passed away on Aug. 9. A Canadian musician with a global impact, he never forgot his Mohawk roots. After going solo, he became known for his film scores.

Aristotle is considered the founder of political science. He probably wouldn’t be surprised at the state of political discourse in modern times. (Shutterstock)

What would Aristotle think about the current state of politics?

Waller R. Newell, Carleton University

Aristotle believed that the biggest and most widespread source of political tension is the struggle between the haves and the have-nots. More than 2,000 years later, he’s got a point.

La Conversation Canada

Le vox pop est une pratique complexe et digne d'intérêt : l'assemblage de quelques interventions individuelles suffit pour faire allusion au public dans les médias. (Shutterstock)

Le vox pop, une pratique plus complexe qu'on le croit

Cynthia Noury, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Les vox pop sont omniprésents dans les médias. Ils sont cependant méconnus et souvent malaimés du public et des créateurs médiatiques.

Nombreux sont ceux et celles qui se sont résignés à ce que les entreprises technologiques collectent nos données privées. (Shutterstock)

Pour protéger la vie privée en ligne, il faut d’abord s’attaquer à la « résignation numérique »

Meiling Fong, Concordia University; Zeynep Arsel, Concordia University

Nombreux sont ceux et celles résignés à ce que les entreprises technologiques collectent leurs données privées. Mais il faut faire davantage pour limiter les informations personnelles collectées.

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