Common teen behaviours linked to depression

Tamara El-Rahi | 21 February 2014
What we thought was normal might actually be risky.

The erosion of British childhood

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 September 2011
Sometimes I wonder whether, despite all the reports on “broken Britain”, it is really so much worse, in terms of child and family wellbeing, than any other developed country.

Reduce violence in children’s lives - turn off TV

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 June 2011
A study of New Zealand children’s exposure to violence shows that the most common experience is watching people fighting and killing on television and other screens.

Older generation likes bad news about the young

Carolyn Moynihan | 02 September 2010
This post may provide a sort of commentary on the previous one about 20-somethings. German researchers have found that, given a choice, older people prefer to read bad news rather than good news about young adults.

Kids are ‘interested’ in TV, but so are apes

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 August 2010
I promised something more on Aric Sigman, the (American-born, as it turns out) psychologist who has made a name for himself in Britain as a fiery critic of the way television and other screen media are dominating the lives of children. So here is the next instalment.

The night life of the sleepy teenager

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 July 2010
What is to be done about the teenagers? They are squandering sleeping time on electronic gadgets to the point where family life, studies and even health are compromised. And many parents either don’t see the problem or feel powerless to intervene.

Students admit: ‘I’m addicted to my cellphone’

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 April 2010
People often speak loosely about youths being “addicted” to their cellphones or iPods but research carried out at the University of Maryland had students using the word themselves when they wrote about how they felt while abstaining from all media for a day.

Different screens, same effect on relationships

Carolyn Moynihan | 03 March 2010
Art imitates life and research imitates common sense, it seems. A new study has found that the more young people watch television, the poorer their relationships with both their friends and parents.

‘Go forth and multiply’ - Hasidic matriarch leaves 2000 descendants

Carolyn Moynihan | 22 February 2010
Here’s a nice change. Usually it is Christian families causing a sensation by having extra large families (Remember the Duggar family of Arkansas? More about them later.) But this story in the New York Times is about a Hasidic Jewish woman who died last month aged 93 leaving probably 2000 living descendants.

Kids online every waking minute

Carolyn Moynihan | 22 January 2010
Just when experts thought that children could not swallow another mouthful of media time, the kids went on to devour almost another meal of it, a new Kaiser Family Foundation study reveals.

Advertising adultery

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 December 2009
n the middle of the Tiger Woods infidelity furore a website that sells adultery (“an affair to remember” in three months or your $249 back) has been trying to get a Toronto public transport company to run ads on its streetcars urging: Life is short. Have an affair.”

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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