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Some practical advice for kids addicted to screens

When I was a kid, parents were warned about their children becoming “TV addicts.” These days, there’s a new kind of addiction on the minds of parents. Today in The Conversation Canada, Jackson Smith and Dillon Thomas Browne of the University of Waterloo tell us about “screen addiction” – the phenomenon of young people spending too much time playing video games or on their phone. They also offer some practical advice about how parents can manage the issue before it becomes an addiction.

We also look at the ongoing issue of migrants who are rescued in the Mediterranean but denied access to land in Italy and other countries to claim refugee status and why high schools need to shake up their curricula to make math more fun.

And finally… Rhoda Howard-Hassmann of Wilfrid Laurier University wrote earlier this week onhow the United States could start the process of reparations for African-Americans. She returns today with a companion piece that looks at why Japanese-Americans were compensated for how they were treated during the Second World War, but why that likely won’t be a precedent for African-Americans.


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“Gaming disorder” was introduced into the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, by the World Health Organization in 2018. (Shutterstock)

Is your child addicted to screens? Here’s what you can do about it

Jackson A. Smith, University of Waterloo; Dillon Thomas Browne, University of Waterloo

It is possible for teenagers to be addicted to screen-time activities such as video gaming. It is also possible for parents to do something about it.

A migrant rests on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat as it sails off Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on July 4, 2019. Despite being rescued, migrants sit offshore, often in sight of land, as NGO boats become floating mobile border sites. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)

Standoffs at sea highlight the shameful criminalization of rescuing migrants

Michael Gordon, McMaster University

Standoffs at sea represent yet another attempt by EU officials to obstruct the movement of migrants by producing further bureaucratic blockades to mobility.

Why don’t students say math is imaginative? Here, the White Rabbit character originally from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written under mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s pen name, Lewis Carroll. (Shutterstock)

Mathematics is about wonder, creativity and fun, so let’s teach it that way

Peter Taylor, Queen's University, Ontario

Mathematician Peter Taylor taught high school math to prepare to develop a new 'RabbitMath' curriculum that emphasizes collaborative creativity and learning to work with complex systems.

Carvings and barbed wire illustrate the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial on Bainbridge Island, Wash. The site, designed by architect Johnpaul Jones, opened in 2011. (AP/Seattle Times/Jordan Stead)

Why Japanese-Americans received reparations and African-Americans are still waiting

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University

Social movement theory helps to explain why Japanese-Americans received reparations but the same will be much more challenging to provide for African-Americans.

La Conversation Canada

La lune recouvre une grande partie du soleil à Merlo (San Luis) en Argentine, lors de l’éclipse solaire totale du 2 juillet 2019. EPA-EFE/NICO AGUILERA

Les éclipses solaires et lunaires provoquent des comportements bizarres chez les animaux

Steve Portugal, Royal Holloway

Pendant que le monde se rassemble pour observer une éclipse, que fait le reste de la nature ? Il s'en passe des choses!


Business + Economy

  • IMF says it cares about inequality. But will it change its ways?

    Timon Forster, Freie Universität Berlin; Bernhard Reinsberg, University of Glasgow; Thomas Stubbs, Royal Holloway

    The IMF has increasingly turned its focus to growing inequality worldwide. Ironically, research shows that policy reforms it mandated exacerbated income inequalities.

Health + Medicine

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