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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Study finds hazardous chemicals in children's soccer boots on sale in Hong Kong

    Posted May 19th 2014, 06:08pm by FANNY FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Greenpeace study blows whistle on children's soccer boots endorsed by World Cup stars over use of substances harmful to reproduction Nike boots get red card over chemicals Hong Kong children are being sold soccer boots containing hazardous chemicals that are endorsed by stars of next month's World Cup, a global environmental ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1515670/study-hazardous-chemicals-childrens-soccer-boots-hong-kong-nike-adidas-puma
  2. News - World - COLOMBIA

    31 children burn to death after bus catches fire in Colombia

    Posted May 19th 2014, 12:36pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Bogota Thirty-one children and one adult were killed in Colombia on Sunday when fuel exploded on a broken-down bus returning from a church event, an emergency response ... The driver escaped unharmed and was being questioned by police, he said. The bus was owned by a private transport company and was used during the week to take children to and from school. President ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1515491/fire-colombia-church-bus-fire-kills-31-children-and-one-adult
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    There are better ways to discipline children than using physical violence

    Posted May 18th 2014, 03:35am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Service, some two-thirds of children had been struck by their parents in the past 12 months. About half of them reported punishment that was categorised as physical abuse, such as beating with a belt, a stick or other hard object. The figures are backed up by what the parents said, with more than 54 per cent admitting they had used physical violence on their children. The findings ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1514394/there-are-better-ways-discipline-children-using-physical
  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education - THEATRE

    Kidsfest for the whole family

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 12:00am by Janice Leung

    ... e-mails on their smartphone when they take their children to the upcoming KidsFest shows can think again. To be sure, the name hardly suggests material that would keep grown-ups entertained. ... "I know through personal experience that if I'm going to take my children to see a show, I would like to enjoy it as well," says Gregory, who has two children of kindergarten age. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1119841/kidsfest-whole-family
  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education - RELATIONSHIPS

    From obedience and respect, to anger and tantrums. What is going on?

    Posted Dec 30th 2012, 12:00am by DR TERRY LAM

    ... towards helping children open up and overcome their anger issues. The vast majority of parents love their children but how that love is expressed is equally important. Among the ways experts ... Be tactile. Many parents, especially parents from a traditional Chinese culture, seldom hug or kiss their children. This makes it difficult for young people to feel that you love them. 3. Spend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1114379/obedience-and-respect-anger-and-tantrums-what-going
  6. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER AFFAIRS

    High-caffeine energy drinks not safe for children, watchdog warns

    Posted May 15th 2014, 02:40pm by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Tests by the Consumer Council find that three popular energy drinks have more caffeine than the recommended daily dose for children Health warning over high-caffeine drinks Three popular energy drinks contain more caffeine per serving than the recommended daily dose for children, while two also hold more than the recommended daily intake of sugar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1512667/high-caffeine-energy-drinks-not-safe-children-watchdog-warns
  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Jilin to ban schools from giving pupils medicine without parental consent

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 05:14pm by Anne Yi

    ... moroxydine hydrochloride to its pupils. Teachers allegedly told the children that the white pills were “smart beans” and warned them not to tell their parents. Those who spat out the pills instead of swallowing them were punished. Parents claimed their children suffered symptoms including nose bleeds, stomach aches, itching and even kidney problems after they took the drug, the report said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1563482/jilin-ban-schools-giving-pupils-medicine-without-parental-consent
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Mainland students renting rooms rather than flats in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 11:56am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li Mainland parents shift from buying or renting flats for their children studying in the city Rentals still in demand, but for rooms only While higher duties on property purchases in Hong Kong have scared off affluent mainland buyers, the demand for flats for rental for their children studying in the city remains unchanged. What is different this year is that some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1561038/mainland-students-renting-rooms-rather-flats-hong-kong
  9. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Teacher warns of misery at school

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:56am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Classes filled with depressed pupils led Belgian to set up art workshops to help children relax Teacher warns of misery at school Hong Kong is raising a generation of unhappy children who have forgotten how to laugh, says a former English teacher. Liesbeth Avern-Briers has worked in schools across Hong Kong- both international and local schools, from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560649/teacher-warns-misery-school
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Height restriction for school premises protects children's safety

    Posted May 13th 2014, 07:34pm by Kelly Yang

    ... in a haystack. Yet taking away the 24-metre restriction will open another, much worse, can of worms. It will undermine children's safety, and that is a problem far more frightening than soaring ... in the event of a fire, children cannot reasonably be expected to safely evacuate a school if it is located on too high a floor. Young children simply cannot walk down that many stairs in one go. If we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1511210/height-restriction-school-premises-protects-childrens-safety

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