Month: May 2014

Bullies force kids from Essex schools

Over 400 children every year are switching schools in Essex because of bullying. Information released by Essex County Council shows that 443 pupils changed schools in 2012 compared with 441 in 2011. Sion Humphreys, policy advisor to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said cases of cyber-bullying by telephone or over the internet were rising. Most shockingly, the perpetrators of cyber-bullying were frequently found to be parents themselves. “Schools can only act on the basis of evidence even when gut feeling may dictate that the accusations are grounded,” said Humphreys. “This is difficult for alleged victims and their parents to accept and is understandably a source of frustration and annoyance.” Suzie Hayman, who is connected to the charity which runs the BullyingUK website, says that a stronger partnership between teachers, pupils and parents needs to be developed. “Although circumstances vary depending on the type of school, teachers tell us that the tension between a heavy workload and the demands from parents for more time-consuming forms of communications must be eased if engagement is going to improve.” If you feel your child is being bullied at school, BullyingUK offers the following tips from Lyndall Horton-James, a Bullying Prevention and Education Consultant: Before you approach the school, list all the facts: what happened, who was involved, when it occurred, who witnessed it, anything your child did that may have provoked the incident, whether it...

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Smart sock tracks vital signs

Have you ever wished that your baby’s sock could reassure you of their health and safety? You have?! Then the Owlet Smart Sock baby monitor is the gadget for you. This senor-lined sock will wirelessly monitor your baby’s oxygen levels, heart rate, skin temperature and sleep position, alerting you if there is a potential risk. The information is then transmitted to your smartphone via Bluetooth. If you don’t have a smartphone, the smart sock can also be connected to another device through your home Wifi network or via USB to your computer. While this device is no substitute for...

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Essex twin helps sister to walk

When Ellie Challis lost her arms and legs to meningitis at just 16 months, her parents wondered what sort of future would lie ahead of her. What they could never have predicted, however, was the degree of strength, courage and love that would be shown by both Ellie and her twin sister Sophie. Mum Lisa, from Thorpe-le-Soken, told the Daily Mail: “From the moment Ellie came home from hospital, Sophie wouldn’t leave her side, even though she was only a baby herself. It has been like that ever since.” Nine years later, the twins still share a special bond. “If Sophie thinks people are staring at Ellie, she’ll stand right in front of her so they can’t see her,” says Lisa. Sophie continues to support her sister as she takes on new challenges, such as tying her own shoelaces and learning how to swim. And Lisa, of course, is overwhelmed by ten-year-old Ellie’s bravery. “Ellie wakes up in the morning singing and she goes to bed singing. She’s always happy — and that puts life into perspective.” For more information on meningitis visit meningitis.org or call the Meningitis Research Foundation helpline on 080 8800 3344. To read the full Daily Mail article visit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2613540/Twin-helps-sister-walk-tall-Ellie-lost-four-limbs-meningitis-baby-Her-indomitable-spirit-devotion-adoring-twin-sister-inspire-you.html    ...

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

Father’s Day is nearly here. To celebrate the dads in your life, take a look at the first ever Essex Baby Father’s Day Gift Guide for present inspiration! We’ve chosen our favourite gifts on the market – from high street stores, to local Essex businesses – to give you some ideas for gifts. We hope you enjoy the Guide. If there are any other gift ideas that you’d like to share with Essex mums/dads, please feel free to add them to the comment section at the bottom of this page.     Jet Ski Taster Session – Does your Dad like...

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Baby Sleep Safety Mistakes (and how to fix them!)

Many parents understand the risks of SIDS and the importance of putting baby down safely, though when you’re tired and overwhelmed with a grizzly baby, sometimes our safety radars go into sleep mode too. We’ve highlighted a number of common areas in which parents overlook the dangers when putting baby to bed. Then we’ve shed a little light on how to correct these to ensure baby sleeps safely and soundly… A Cosy Cot In a survey compiled by Safe Kids Worldwide, 73% of parents asked said they’d placed at least one item inside baby’s cot. Blankets, cot bumpers, soft...

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