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Bibs & bobs — 14 July 2019

By Mums At The Table 1 min read

The worrying impact of headphone use | The surprising solution to children's mental health problems | Who teens turn to with questions of faith

The worrying impact of headphone use

Kiwi kids are suffering hearing loss at alarming rates as they spend hours listening to loud music on headphones. Some are even complaining of constant ringing in their ears, so bad it keeps them awake at night. The alarm was sounded after a study found the rate of Kiwi teenagers suffering from hearing loss was more than double the World Health Organization’s global estimates.—New Zealand Herald

The surprising solution to children's mental health problems

Children who learn, improve and extend new skills in acrobatics, balance, juggling and aerial activities show significant improvements in four areas of mental wellbeing: stress relief, self-esteem, confidence and socialisation. “Children reported that circus training helped them feel much better about themselves, both physically and mentally,” says lead researcher, University of South Australia’s Dr Richard McGrath.—University of South Australia

Who teens turn to with questions of faith

Mothers—more often than fathers, or any other category of frequent participants in households—are seen as the confidants, providers of support and drivers of faith formation among Christian teens. They consistently identify their mother as the principal housemate for almost all activities. The only time mothers are not leading the way is when it comes to activities like interacting on social media or playing sports, both dominated by friendships.—Barna


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