Saturday November 25, 2017

Spending Time with Little Ones: 10 Documentaries to Watch with Your Kids!

Watching Educational Documentaries With Your Kids Would Open Up The Relationship

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10 Documentaries to Watch with Your Kids. Pixabay
  • Classrooms are not enough anymore, children need to interact with the world with the education they get
  • some documentaries are Planet Earth (2006), Watermark  (2013), Miss Representation (2011), Revolution (2012)  and Paper Clips (2004)
  • These documentaries open up opportunities for discussions of various topics between the parents and their kids

June 25, 2017:

The best way to monitor the development of your child is through spending time with them. Children nowadays are so attracted towards the technological world that the education and morals they get in classrooms are not enough anymore. Therefore, someone who can help them understand things better should help them to deal with it in a better manner. Parents, spending time with their kids can open their relationship to have a two-way communication with their children, thus making their relationship stronger.

The best way to spend time with your kids is through technology and nothing works best like movies because they seem to learn so much from the movies. When you watch movies with your children, there is a possibility that your child will ask questions, because they want to know more and this type understanding or curiosity helps them in a positive manner, also influence them in making choices.


One can always start with documentaries because free streaming documentaries are present all over the internet and they are full of educational insights. Here is a list of 10 documentaries to watch online with your children:

  • Planet Earth (2006) – The Documentary Planet Earth collection is divided into 50 minute long Eleven episodes that are narrated by David Attenborough and consists of portraiture of wildlife habitat of animal world that prevails on earth. This can help the kids learn about the wildlife habitat and about the different animals that are in our biological sphere.
  • The Dream is Now (2013) – This Movie is based on Immigration reforms and talks about how political agendas affect all kinds of lives. This movie can help the kids develop an understanding about the world affairs and how it is significant to the people.
  • Watermark (2013) – This documentary would explain the children about the relationship of humankind with the water in 20 countries all over the globe. This would help them understand how we use the water on our planet and how can we save it for a sustainable future.
  • What’s on your plate? (2010) – This movie features two children asking questions to food activists and distributers to gain knowledge about nutrition and food politics. This would make your kids rethink about their own eating habits and have a healthy dinner plate.
  • Miss Representation (2011) – This movie is totally based on gender equality all over the world. It would teach the children to not discriminate anyone on basis of gender and respect everyone regardless of their gender.
  • Chasing Ice (2012) – Global warming is unarguably the hot topic in the global world and Chasing Ice opens up such discussions with time-lapse evidence on glaciers melting which also affects the polar wildlife. Your child would defiantly ask you about the ways to counter global warming.
  • Revolution (2012) – Revolution is based on the preservation of resources for the future generations and shifting to renewable sources so that the future generations would have hope of survival in their time. After this movie, you can discuss about the ways you can save natural resources and we need a revolution for the same.
  • Paper Clips (2004) – This movie deeply talks about the Hitler’s holocaust and the students of Whitwell take up in their hands to collect 6 million paperclips to represent the killing of 6 million Jews in the holocaust. This documentary entails on how not only students but adults and older people were also transformed by the experience. It would surely make an awesome topic for discussion of history and culture that has shaped the modern world.
  • Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey (2014) – With Neil deGrasse Tyson’s narration, Cosmos is a documentary made in 13 episodes explains most of space and time concepts with such elegant representation with the graphic images and videos. This would help you tell your child about things that are in deep space.
  • The Square (2013) – The square is one such documentary about the Egyptian revolution at the Tahrir Square in 2011. It features all the tools of modern communication such as phones, videos, and YouTube. This documentary would open up opportunities of discussions of topic around the world that raise questions on the political structure of any country.

– by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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It’s Not What it Looks Like! Today’s Teenagers Growing up Slowly

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Teenagers are growing up slowly. Pixabay

New York, Sep 19, 2017: Contrary to popular perception, today’s teenagers are actually growing up more slowly than their predecessors, with 18-year-olds now behaving like 15-year-olds of yesteryears, suggests new research.

The findings published in the journal Child Development suggest that today’s teenagers are taking longer to engage in adult activities such as drinking alcohol, working, driving, or having sex.

“The developmental trajectory of adolescence has slowed, with teenagers growing up more slowly than they used to,” explained Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University in the US and lead author of the study.
“In terms of adult activities, 18-year-olds now look like 15-year-olds once did,” Twenge said. 

The researchers examined how often teenagers engaged in activities that adults do and that children do not, including dating, working for pay, going out without parents, driving and having sex.

They analysed seven large surveys of 8.3 million 13- to 19-year-olds between 1976 and 2016.

The surveys were nationally representative, reflecting the population of US teenagers in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geographic region.

In the surveys, teenagers were asked how they used their time, including their engagement in one or more adult activities, allowing researchers to compare teens in the 2010s to teenagers in the 2000s, 1990s, 1980s and 1970s.

The study found that today’s adolescents are less likely than their predecessors to take part in activities typically undertaken by adults.

The researchers also examined how changes in family size, life expectancy, education and the economy may have influenced the speed at which teenagers take on adult activities.

Also Read: Introducing Adolescents to Alcohol in their Teen Years Can be Risky 

The trend toward engaging in fewer adult activities cannot be explained by time spent on homework or extracurricular activities because time doing those activities decreased among eighth and tenth graders and was steady among twelfth graders and college students, the researchers said.

The decline may be linked to the time teenagers spend online, which increased markedly, the authors noted.

“Our study suggests that teenagers today are taking longer to embrace both adult responsibilities (such as driving and working) and adult pleasures (such as sex and alcohol),” study co-author Heejung Park, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, said. (IANS)

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Are You Thriving In Life? Scientists Explain What Makes a Person Thrive

The study, published in the journal European Psychologist, outlines a 'shopping list' of requirements for thriving in life

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London, Sep 10, 2017: Doing well in life, it seems, is not as difficult as we tend to assume when life throws a few tough challenges at us. A new study has found that what it takes to thrive, rather than merely survive, could be as simple as feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something.

Until now and despite plenty of theories, there has been no agreement on what makes a person thrive or on how people can try and ensure they do.

To come up with a definitive catch-all, the researchers pulled together research on what makes people thrive, from studies of babies and teenagers, to studies of artists, sportspeople, employees and the elderly.

“Thriving is a word most people would be glad to hear themselves described as, but which science hasn’t really managed to consistently classify and describe until now,” said Daniel Brown, a sport and exercise scientist at the University of Portsmouth in Britain.

“It appears to come down to an individual experiencing a sense of development, of getting better at something, and succeeding at mastering something,” he added.

“In the simplest terms, what underpins it is feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something,” Brown added.

The study, published in the journal European Psychologist, outlines a ‘shopping list’ of requirements for thriving in life.

Also Read: 6 Reasons Why Green Tea Should Be a Part of Your Everyday Life- What Makes It So Healthy? 

According to the list one has to be optimistic, spiritual or religious, motivated, proactive, someone who enjoys learning and is flexible, adaptable, socially competent, believes in self/has self-esteem.

Moreover, one should also have the opportunity and employer/family/other support. The other requirements in the list include challenges and difficulties are at manageable level, environment is calm, is given a high degree of autonomy and is trusted as competent.

To thrive does not need all the components, but a combination of some from each of the two lists may help, the researchers said.

Thriving has been examined at various stages of human life and has at times been described as vitality, learning, mental toughness, focus, or combinations of these and other qualities.

It has also been examined in various contexts, including in the military, in health and in child development.

“Since the end of the 20th century, there has been a quest in science to better understand human fulfilment and thriving, there’s been a shift towards wanting to understand how humans can function as highly as possible,” Brown said.

“Part of the reason for a lack of consensus is the research so far has been narrowly focused. Some have studied what makes babies thrive, others have examined what makes some employees thrive and others not, and so on. By setting out a clear definition, I hope this helps set a course for future research,” Brown added. (IANS)


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Is Your Child Avoiding Eye Contact? He May Be Anxious, Says New Study

According to the study, children pay more attention to potentially threatening information and situations.

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There is very little known about eye-gazing patterns in children. Pixabay
  • New research explores relationship between anxiety and a child’s response to fear
  • According to the study, anxious children tend to avoid eye contact when faced with difficulty

Riverside, August 18, 2017 : During a conversation, we often look at the eyes of a person for social cues- this helps us make sound judgments. Drawing on similar lines, a new research at University of California assessed the ‘eye-gazing’ patterns in children aged 9 to 14 and revealed that they give more attention to potentially threatening information, and that eye-contact in such situations is directly influenced by their anxiety levels.

According to a new research by Kalina Michalska, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, it has been revealed that anxious children tend to avoid making eye contact, which affects their experience and perception of fear. According to the study titled ‘Anxiety symptoms and children’s eye gaze during fear learning’ which has been published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, children are more likely to be afraid of people when they look into their eyes less frequently and for shorter spans, even when there may not be any reason to do so.

According to a report by ANI, Michalska believes that very little is known about the eye patterns in children. Observing someone’s eyes during a conversation helps us understand emotions the person is going through- whether the person is feeling sad, angry, fearful, or surprised. This in turn assists adults to make decisions about how to respond next. According to Michalska, understanding eye patterns in children “can help us learn more about the development of social learning.”

The Research

For the research, 82 children between the age group of 9 to 13 were shown images of two different women on a computer screen, four times each.

The computer screens were fitted with eye tracking devices that measured the point where the child focused his attention on the screen and for how long.

Later, one of the images was supplemented with loud screams and the other was not. At the end of the exercise, the children were shown both the faces again, with the absence of any sound or screams.

According to Michalska, the study aimed to know whether the child would spend more time looking at the eyes of the face that was paired with a scream than the face that was not paired with a scream, during the second phase.

For this, they examined the participants’ eye contact with the different faces on the computer screen in an attempt to determine “if children make more eye contact with someone who is associated with something bad or threatening,” she added. The experts also observed the relation between the children’s anxiety scores and the duration for which they made eye contact.

What Did The Research Conclude?

The study suggested that children pay more attention to potentially threatening information. This can be said as they paid more attention to the face when it was previously paired with something frightening.

The research found,

  • The children spent an increasing amount of time looking at the eyes of the face that was paired with loud screams. This suggests that they paid attention to potential threats in the absence of outward cues.
  • Children who were more anxious avoided eye-contact throughout the experiment. This shows that these children were afraid of the faces.
  • The more children avoided making an eye contact, the more they were afraid of the faces.

The research gathered that children paid increased attention in an attempt to learn more about the situation and to plan what to do next.

However, the research drew upon the understanding that a child avoiding eye contact may be suffering with anxiety, which in turn leads to an experience of greater fear.

Even though avoiding eye contact may reduce anxiety, the children indulging in this behavior can miss out on important information which may have further repercussions.


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