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Building a better home for refugee children and families | IKEA Foundation

Building a better home for refugee children and families | IKEA Foundation | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
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A refugee can be defined as a person who has been forced to leave their home and country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disasters. Every year millions of children lose their homes forcing them and their families into refugee camps. This video made by the IKEA Foundation, with the help of the UNHCR, shows how they are helping to design a revolutionary home for these families in refugee camps.

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The Ins And Outs Of Homeschooling ChildrenTopBimmer.com | TopBimmer.com

The Ins And Outs Of Homeschooling ChildrenTopBimmer.com | TopBimmer.com | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
TIP! Everything in life can become a learning activity. Situations that your child encounters every day can teach them valuable lessons. Your child can get
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The home can be used as a space for various activities for children. In some cases, children do not even leave their home to get an education, and instead get homeschooled. This article talks about what to except when thinking about home schooling your child. Is this a better method of educating your child, or is it an essential part for a child's development to attend school at a location other than your home and interact with other children? You be the judge. 

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Quarter of children performing poorly due to problems at home, study finds

Quarter of children performing poorly due to problems at home, study finds | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it

The Researchers found children were likely to have educational development impaired if families had multiple social issues

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The home can be a very influential place for children. A negative home environment can effect other aspects of a child's life. Research has found that children who have multiple social issues at home with their families were more likely to have educational development problems. In this article, Shepherd outlines some of the negative impacts a tough home life can have on the education success of children in the UK. 

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Injury Research and Policy Gun Research :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Injury Research and Policy Gun Research :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
Injury Research and Policy Gun Safety research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
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A child's home is meant to be a space where they are safe from danger, and safe from potential threats that are outside the home. In some cases, the threat to a child's safety can actually be found inside the home. Almost 200 million American's have guns in their homes, and are under the impression that their children are safe from this hidden threat. In reality, approximately 80% of children know where their parents store their gun, even though the parents believe their children are not aware of where this weapon is hidden. This short but sweet article shares some facts about gun related injuries, myths about guns in homes, and then gives some gun safety tips that will make you think twice about whether or not having a gun in a house with a child is a good idea. 

 

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Ann Marie Murnaghan's comment, April 25, 2014 4:28 PM
This is a huge issue, and raises important quandaries about the safety and danger.
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For kids, moving can be mentally tough

For kids, moving can be mentally tough | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moving to a new area may be hard on the mental health of children, especially adolescents, according to a new U.S. study.Based on analysis of medical records for more than
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The home is an important space for a child's growth and development. But what happens when a child doesn't have one specific place, or home to call their own? Moving can potentially create major mental health issues for a child. In this article, Alison Bond discusses a study found in the Journal of Adolescent Health on the mental health of children who have moved homes, in comparison to children who have lived in one singular home. Children who have moved homes were found to suffer from more mental health issues than children who have not moved. Finding a peer group outside of the home to establish self-identity proved to be one of the most difficult adjustments.

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What is a home? - YouTube

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What exactly is a home? What characteristics do children and youth believe makes a good home, or a bad home? This is a great video produced by children and youth who have received support by a program in Scotland called Shelter, on explaining what home means to them.

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When to Leave Kids Home Alone?

When to Leave Kids Home Alone? | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
It’s 4 o’clock on a Tuesday and I need to
take my 13-year-old son to his guitar lesson. I tell my 8-year-old daughter,
happily ensconced in a Sponge Bob rerun,
to put her shoes on so we can go. “No,” she says. “I’ll stay here.”“You’ll be all by yourself,” I say. “I can’t
leave you.”“It’s fine,” she says. “You’ll only be gone a
few minutes.”
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A reoccurring theme within the topic of Children's Geographies and the home, is the issue of a child being home alone. There is a continuing controversy on when the right age is to allow your child to be home alone. Most of this controversy stems from issues of how the home can be a dangerous space for a child. In this blog entry by Susan Greenberg, she expresses her concerns when making the decision on whether or not to leave her children home alone, and what potential dangers could arise if she decided to do so. It is interesting to hear an adults point of view on how they interpret a child will use their space when unsupervised by an adult. How is letting your child take the next step towards independence by letting them stay home alone good for their sense of autonomy? This blog post expresses a very interesting point of view to get the reader thinking of children and their autonomy.

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‘Home, and not some house’: young people's sensory construction of family relationships in domestic spaces

‘Home, and not some house’: young people's sensory construction of family relationships in domestic spaces | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
(2012). ‘Home, and not some house’: young people's sensory construction of family relationships in domestic spaces. Children's Geographies: Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 95-107. doi: 10.1080/14733285.2011.638172
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The home is a very important space and place for a child. The home can be associated with factors such as privacy, comfort, belonging, and power relations. These factors are crucial for how a child creates a self-identity through their lived experiences. Recent work in children's geography has examined how children understand and attach to various spaces. In this article from the journal of Children's Geography,  the authors draw on these various theories and inquire into children and young people's use of space, issues of power and the way intergenerational relationships are made through sensory experiences. This article explores further into the effects on parental substance misuse on family life in England. The authors give a convincing, and interesting argument stating that understanding children and young people's relationships may be enhanced by looking at the significance  sensory experiences in domestic spaces.This is an excellent introduction to the topic of the geography of children and the home.

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Adopted Children: What it's like being taken away - YouTube

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Foster care, and adoption are just two other ways adults exert their power over children. If a home is seen to be unfit for a child, the child is taken away and put in foster care, and often moving around from home to home. Is moving around from home to home just as devastating and hard on a child as being in a bad home. Foster care often isn't a place that is any better than the child's original home. In this disheartening video, adolescences speak out on how they feel about being put in foster care, and what it has done to their self-identity.

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Eating Disorders in Children are on the Rise - Eating Recovery Center Urges Prevention at Home

Eating Disorders in Children are on the Rise - Eating Recovery Center Urges Prevention at Home | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
Leading Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Treatment Program Offers 10 Tips to Help Parents Prevent Eating Disorders
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Eating disorders in children are on the rise. Often children struggle with feeling they don't have any power or control in their lives. Some children turn to their eating behaviours to make themselves feel like they have some form of control. This article gives some recommendations to help parents practice eating disorder prevention for their children, in their home. Intervention for child eating disorders starts in the home. 

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Stay informed and involved to keep your children safe in the online world - Features | The Star Online

Stay informed and involved to keep your children safe in the online world - Features | The Star Online | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
Parents have to be familiar with their children’s virtual activities to protect them from Internet dangers.
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In this blog post, Gayathri Nair, a mom of three, shares her experiences with keeping her children safe in the virtual world. With the rise of technology, internet, and social media, a child may be physically in their home, but virtually exploring new worlds and talking to anyone. This allows the potential for a home setting to be a dangerous space without a parent even realizing that it is even happening at all. This mom shares how she stays in touch with her kids in the virtual world, to make sure they are keeping their home a safe space for everyone. 

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See how a family of 11 makes their 1100 sq ft home work

See how a family of 11 makes their 1100 sq ft home work | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
For many of us, an 1100 square-foot home is on the small side. Ideal, perhaps, for a family of three or four, but what we’d consider too tight of a squeeze for more. Somehow though, the 11-member Shupe family from Skagit Valley, Washington, are making it work just fine.
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In this neat article, McGinnis gives us a look inside a 1100 sq ft home of a family of 11. Does size make a difference on whether a house feels like a home, or is it the people inside that makes this tiny space a feel like home? This family makes it work and uses creative organizational ideas to puzzle together enough space for 9 children and 2 parents. 

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Want to Keep Your Kids at Home? Create a Kid Zone

Want to Keep Your Kids at Home? Create a Kid Zone | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
Parents are increasingly creating functional spaces that can include enhancements like a slide, lounge chairs, or movie screen to provide a safe, fun place for their kids at home.
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This article by Barbara Mennino, published on FOXBusiness suggests that creating a kid zone in your home, will keep your kids at home, therefore keeping them inside protected under adult supervision. Mennino argues that safety concerns are the main driver for parents to want to keep their children inside in a more controlled environment.  She gives advice and suggestions on ways to create a fun and exciting kid zone inside your home, and how to create an outside environment, inside. Is this a good idea, or is this just another way adults are trying to exhibit control and power over their children and their actions. Is experiencing outdoor environments an important part of child development and do they help children learn on their own, or are they spaces of danger because of having an undefined boundary and possible little adult supervision? What is your opinion?

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Hidden violence: Protecting young children at home

Violence against young children is often hidden from view when it takes place in the home and the family. Articles in this issue of ECM explore the need for good data on how many children are affected, and for better evidence about what works to tackle violence in the home; among the strategies discussed in this issue are programmes to strengthen families, engage fathers in the early years and challenge social norms. Contributions include an interview with Maud de Boer-Buquicchio on the Council of Europe's action plan; Professors Jack Shonkoff and Nathan Fox on the neuroscience of children's exposure to violence in the home; Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative on violence against children, discussing what legislation can do; Chris Mikton on the WHO's quest for evidence and UNICEF on their approach to violence in the home; and contributions from the Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil, Uganda and Peru among others.
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The word "home" is often associated with terms such as comfort, family, love, warmth, and safety. Unfortunately, the reality is that a home is not always a  place filled with these positive feelings. Because children have the least amount of power in a home setting, there is the possibility for others to abuse this power over children. In situations when others abuse their power, is when the home can become a space of danger to a child. This article by the Bernard van Leer Foundation gives an excellent perspective on the hidden or "invisible" violence that can go on in a domestic space.

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These Are Photos Of Childrens Bedrooms. But They Represent Something Much, Much More.

These Are Photos Of Childrens Bedrooms. But They Represent Something Much, Much More. | Children's Geography and the Home | Scoop.it
A picture is worth a thousand words. When you see this you'll know why.
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A child's bedroom is a very important space in their home. It can be said that a child's bedroom is the place where a child experiences the most privacy and can express their self identity. Every child around the world has a different childhood, and because of issues such as poverty, some children might not even have their own bedroom, or a space to call their own. This web page is an excellent preview of the book "Where Children Sleep" by James Mollison, where he looks at the bedrooms of children all around the world, in all different kinds of circumstances. The pictures of these children's bedroom are truly worth a thousand words. 

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Ann Marie Murnaghan's comment, April 25, 2014 4:24 PM
Wow, this is a moving and intimate insight into children's worlds around the world!