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Gold medallists Australia's Mollie O'Callaghan, Australia's Emma McKeon, Australia's Chelsea Hodges and Australia's Kaylee McKeown pose during the medal presentation ceremony for the men's 4x100m medley relay swimming final at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, on day six of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, central England, on August 3, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

Aussies ‘crush it’ in Comm Games pool

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Australia has cruised to the top of the Commonwealth Games medal table as the Dolphins felt some serious heat from an energised England but finished on a high as the dominant squad

Aussie teens are being deprived of sleep in a major new survey that found teens who consumed energy drinks at least once a week were twice as likely to get less than eight hours sleep on a school night than those who didn't. Mates L-R Jett Jones-Czechowski, Taj Burns and Luan O'Connor pictured at Bondi Skate Park. Picture: Toby Zerna

Teens make ‘Monster’ mistake with energy drinks

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High-caffeine, high-sugar energy drinks sold as performance enhancers are causing confusion among teen consumers who mistakenly believe such products help rather than harm health

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL JULY 29, 2022. PLEASE CONTACT WEEKEND PIC EDITOR JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING. Football gun Michaela Togias at Nott Oval in Narellan. Michaela will be flying to Manchester in January to showcase her footballing talent after being scouted by the Manchester United and Manchester City Academy Scouts at a Global Football Network showcase she recently attended. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Sydney girl scouted by Manchester United

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After showcasing her soccer skills for visiting Manchester United scouts, 10-year-old Sydney girl Michaela Togias has bagged a sporting scholarship and the chance of a big break in the UK

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Kids join hunt for sore throat vaccine

Cross siblings Thomas (6) and Emily (9) have signed up to be part of a trial into sore throats in children. It is hoped the results from the study will help researchers develop a vaccine for step A infections. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Siblings Emily and Thomas are part of a trial to find a vaccine for Strep A, an infection that causes sore throats and leads to hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide each year

TikTok feeding kids junk diet challenges

Companies such as Pepsi and McDonalds are turning kids into unofficial brand ambassadors for unhealth foods by getting them to post clips of them eating and drinking products. Research from Deakin Uni suggests kids are following challenges by companies to post clips of them eating a burger or drinking soft drink with hashtags and special effects. O'BRIEN With examples.**8.30am embargo**
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Hashtag challenges have junior TikTok users becoming unwitting junk ambassadors, as experts say the world’s biggest fast-food names use the platform to bait kids into building their brands

Vic zoos cancel close encounters

MELBOURNE, MAY 2, 2022: Melbourne Zoo has welcomed a gorgeous new 18-month-old Giraffe named Iris. Picture: Mark Stewart
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Indonesia’s outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease prompts Victorian zoos to cancel visitor encounters with animals at risk of catching the virus, as politicians debate border and airport security

Organ transplants save Aussie kids’ lives

HOLD FOR SUNDAY HERALD SUNÑÑChristine Cherry and her 11-year-old daughter, Alexis, who were part of a national kidney exchange program when she was just three years old. It's for a story set to run nationally this Sunday as part of our ongoing DonateLife organ and tissue donation campaign.    Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Transplants have saved the lives of children across Australia. Read their stories and find out how you and your families can help others

Aussies’ secret weapon at Comm Games

It was a Gold Medal line up for the Speedo Commonwealth Games Swim Suit Launch on the Gold Coast.
Lani Pallister ÐAustralian champion 800 and 1500m freestyle; Triple Fina World Junior champion.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
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Team Australia’s modest looking Biofire machine could be the difference between our athletes standing on the Commonwealth Games podium or being wiped out by a wave of Covid positives

Covid jab approved for little kids

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos - SEPTEMBER 22, 2021. 

Vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are pictured at a pharmacy in Brisbane. Pharmacies have began administering the Moderna vaccine to anyone over 12 years-old.

Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
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Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine has been given “first step” approval for use in Australian children aged six months to six years

Back to the future for masked up school kids

Mark Knight cartoon on facemasks in schools - for Kids News
humanities

Cartoonist Mark Knight has borrowed a time travelling DeLorean car to illustrate Victoria’s return to face masks in schools

Do stem cells grow better in space?

Microscopic image of embryonic tissues and cells used by scientists to explore stem cell research.
Neuronal nebula.
This photo depicts a bundle of neurons (stained green), formed in tissue culture from differentiated mouse embryonic stem cells. The nucleus (containing the genetic material) of each cell is stained purple. The ability to form mature brain cells such as neurons from embryonic stem cells has stimulated much excitement about the possibility of using stem cells to treat brain disease.
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Much cheaper than buying seats on a commercial space flight, but crazier sounding than far-fetched science fiction, researchers have just shot their own stem cells into orbit to see how well they grow

Girls surfing new wave of sports

Dakota FitzPatrick, 13 in Port Noarlunga South , where sheÕs taken up surfling, Sunday, July 10, 2022. Picture: MATT LOXTON [Mum: Renee 0402569446]
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Females are riding a wave of sporting opportunity, as the latest activity snapshot shows surfing and skateboarding participation ramped up during the pandemic and girls got right among it

Bush and beach beat traditional kinder classes

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Bush Kindergarten owner Natalie Cross runs the weekly outdoor program. Deakin University researchers found pre-school aged kids who played outdoors with sticks, trees and sand were more likely to perform better in those areas once they started school.  Natalie with Frankie, 3 , Loa, 5, and Evie, 5. Picture: Alex Coppel.
humanities

Preschool students who can dump gendered toys and play outside in the bush or at the beach are more likely to perform better in maths, science and technology subjects once they start big school

Healthy Harold taps into the power of plants

Harold with plants. Picture: LifeEd
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Plants don’t just look great in the classroom, they can improve maths and spelling too! Find some great school garden ideas here and apply for a Growing Good Gardens Grant

Census reveals changing shape of Australia

Waving Australia flag in the air.
humanities

The 2021 Census data reveals a nation of 25.5 million people of diverse backgrounds, speaking a number of languages, practising different religious faiths and living in a mix of dwellings

Aussie cities fall in world liveability ranks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: People get their morning exercise walking alongside the Yarra River on May 31, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Lockdown restrictions remain in place across Victoria in response to a growing COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne's northern suburbs. During the seven-day "circuit-breaker" lockdown, residents can only leave home for five reasons: care and caregiving, exercise, work and to buy groceries, or to get vaccinated. The lockdown is effective from 11:59 pm Thursday 27 May to 11:59 pm Thursday 3 June 2021. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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The world’s best cities to live in have been revealed and there are some surprising results as we learn to live with Covid-19. Guess which Australian city finished the highest

Classroom ‘doggie dates’ reduce stress

30/09/2021: Wheenie - This South Australian Miniature Schnoodle  works as a therapy dog at Settlers farm Primary School. Picture Kelly Barnes
health

Stress is bad for learning, behaviour, health and wellbeing – and there are many ways schools are trying to tackle it. But new research suggests the best way is having a canine classmate

Extra-curricular kids happier and healthier

A multi-ethnic group of high school age girls are taking aerobic dance fitness class at the gym.
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Children who play sport, learn an instrument or even just muck around with friends after school are more likely to feel happier and healthier than kids who are parked in front of a screen

Deadliest snakes could save lives

KIDS NEWS: Australian eastern brown snake being defensive. Picture: Ken Griffiths/supplied
science

Among the world’s deadliest snakes, Australia’s eastern brown and scaled viper could soon enjoy a popularity surge as a protein in their venom significantly slows patient blood loss after injury

Last days to enter Short Story Competition

KIDS NEWS 2022 Short Story Competition: SMARTdaily - Freja Lee, 9, grandma Patricia Lee and brother Oskar Lee, 11. Picture: supplied
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There’s still two days to enter the Kids News 2022 Short Story Competition – prime time to forage through your family’s stories and give your favourite a fictional makeover before entries close

Aussie soccer kid to star in Spain

DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNE 13, 2022. Sydney kid Cruz Cummins, 10, will representing Australia at the IBER Cup Tournament in the U12 team in Spain and Portugal on June 26, where he will compete against Ronaldos son, Ronaldo Jr. Pictured at the Fraser Park Football Club in Marrickville. Picture: Jonathan Ng
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He’s just 10-years-old, but Sydney soccer player Cruz Cummins is flying high, bound for the IBER Cup International Youth Football Tournament before meeting talent scouts from Manchester United

Try Harold’s delicious and nutritious smoothie

Healthy Harold the giraffe from LifeEd loves to drink milk. For Kids News
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Healthy Harold knows milk is a great way to get the calcium he needs. You can get yours too with Harold’s delicious rainbow smoothie recipe. WATCH THE VIDEO

Beetroot boosts sporting performance

For The Weekly Times Country Living gardening Feb 24 2021:  For a root vegetable in your garden think about planting beetroot. Picture: Fawcett Media
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If you’ve got a big sporting comp coming up, you might want to put beetroot on your menu after Australian researchers found the vegetable can give athletes a competitive edge

Chores could boost kids’ brains

Happy little girl doing housework
humanities

It might sound like a tall tale cooked up by parents keen to escape the kitchen, but a new study suggests kids could get a brain boost by making family meals and helping out more with housework

E-skin to give robots the human touch

Ravinder Dahiya who has developed an electronic skin.
technology

Scientists are developing an electronic skin that is almost as sensitive as human skin when touched

Traffic noise spells trouble for school learning

Pagewood Public school's Lollipop Lady , Denise Page at work , guiding students and parents over the crossing to school. Denise is retiring after 13 years helping children across the road in Page Street, Outside the school. Picture: John Appleyard
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Noise pollution policymakers may need to listen up, as a European study shows students need a little bit of shush around their school in order to develop working memory and improved attentiveness

Aussie rides into cycling history

VERONA, ITALY - MAY 29: Jai Hindley of Australia and Team Bora - Hansgrohe Pink Leader Jersey celebrates at podium with the Trofeo Senza Fine as overall race winner during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage 21 a 17,4km individual time trial stage from Verona to Verona / ITT / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 29, 2022 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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Australian cyclist Jai Hindley has won the Giro d’Italia, becoming only the second Aussie to take a Grand Tour title as he reunites with his parents at the finish line after more than two years apart

Ariarne sets world record at Aussie swim trials

Ariarne Titmus of Australia reacts after setting a new world record in the women's 400 metre freestyle final on day five of the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Brenton Edwards / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
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Aussie Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus has stunned the global swimming community, breaking the world record in her pet event after Zac Stubblety-Cook breaks the 200m breaststroke barrier

Tomato delivers vitamin D turbocharge

Purple tomatoes
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Over a billion people worldwide don’t get enough vitamin D in their diet or from the sun – but an engineered tomato could prevent health conditions by closing the gap in dietary deficiencies

Traditional Indigenous games build sports skills

London Olympics 2012 - Women's 20km Race Walk in London. Australia's Beki Lee in action.
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Olympian Beki Smith loves learning traditional Indigenous – or Yulunga – games from her eight-year-old son. You can try them too by downloading the special Yulunga games guide in this story

Australia ranks second for child cyber-bullying

Female student sitting on her own at school. She has a smartphone in her hand and a stressed expression on her face. generic
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With nearly one in four Aussie kids experiencing cyber-bullying, but only 20 per cent of parents aware their child is being exposed to online abuse, experts say gap must close to help combat crisis

Turn a fast food favourite into a healthy feast

Having fun in the kitchen with Healthy Harold from LifeEd.
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Who said pizza wasn’t a health food? Certainly not Healthy Harold, who knows homemade pizza can be both delicious and nutritious. And he's got a great recipe to share. WATCH THE VIDEO

Bol’s belonging boost for youth

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Day 12. 04/08/21.  Athletics Finals and Semifinals at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Australias Peter Bol in the Final of the Mens 800m.    Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Peter Bol became Australia’s fastest ever 800m athlete at the Tokyo Games, now the Sudanese-born sensation is racing toward a new goal: supporting troubled youths in juvenile justice centres

Primary kids on lunch box clock

Newresearch shows that parents and teachers agree primary schools are not giving students enough time to finish eating the food in their lunchbox. Pic of  Kiara, 8 and Chloe, 5. Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Picture: David Crosling
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Schoolchildren need at least 15 minutes to eat lunch, according to new research, but most primary schools are only giving students 10 minutes to race through their lunch box

Covid kids can’t throw or catch

Pictured at Lilli Pilli Oval in Caringbah is Finn Thearle, Lily Thearle and Hugh Thearle.
They are looking forward to an undisrupted season winter sport that hopefully wont be affected by cover restrictions.
Picture: Richard Dobson
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The last two years of cancelled club sport and PE classes have left a large number of Australian children without sporting skills, as experts call for a rethink so Covid-impacted kids can catch up

Covid jab heroes now beat malaria

In this 2005 photo made available by the University of Notre Dame via the CDC, an Anopheles funestus mosquito takes a blood meal from a human host. The quest for the world's first malaria vaccine appears to have taken a big step. The first results from a late-stage test in seven African countries were released 18/10/2011. They show the experimental shots cut the number of cases of malaria in half in young children. In Africa, the major vectors for malaria are the Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae.
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The scientists behind the Oxford coronavirus vaccine have now come up with a vaccine to fight malaria which claims the life of a young child every minute

Warning on harmful sour lollies

Charlie, 11,  with sour lollies. To go with story on how overindulging can cause tongue torture and dissolve teeth. Picture: Tim Carrafa
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Kids and parents have been warned about the dangers of sour lollies after children suffered burns to their tongues

Major Covid-19 rules scrapped

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA : AUGUST 21ST 2021 - Kids are expected to wear masks under the state of Victoria's strictest restrictions yet.

Frankie, 7 having her mask put on by her mum Tara, to adhere to the new COVID recommendations.

**Tara contact : 0412 650 018**

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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Mask rules have been eased and close contact isolation scrapped in Victoria and NSW, with Queensland about to follow in rolling back Covid-19 restrictions

World’s oldest person dies at 119

This picture taken on March 9, 2019 and received by Jiji Press on April 25, 2022 shows the world's oldest person, Japanese woman Kane Tanaka who was born on January 2, 1903, and died at the age of 119 on April 19, 2022. (Photo by JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT
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Born in 1903, married a century ago and recognised by Guinness World Records as the planet’s oldest person, Kane Tataka has passed away peacefully in her home country Japan

Top dog Elmo is in full flight

Facility dog Elmo on his first day of work getting a pat from Coby, 11, and Mason, 9, from Melbourne (0406 006 001), on March 28th, 2022, at Adelaide Airport.
Picture: Tom Huntley
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A busy airport can be stressful, but Elmo the labrador is making the experience a whole lot easier for nervous flyers and travellers with special needs

Aussie kids get D- for physical activity

Kids at  Emmaus Catholic Primary School in Mt.Clear playing on unconventional play items, hay bales, poles, tyres etc. Year 3/4 get ready for action.
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A new report card has found children and young people are failing to move enough, with just one quarter meeting physical activity guidelines

Look who has Australia’s healthiest lunchboxes

Australia's healthiest lunchbox for Kids News - Khalea
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The results are in. Find out who Healthy Harold has judged the owners of Australia’s healthiest lunchboxes

Insect wings inspire food safety solution

Debbie Polley - A colourful Dragonfly at Wook-Koo Park Lagoon (at Oakhurst near Maryborough). I think Dragonflies are beautiful.
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Dragonfly and cicada wings act as deadly armour against bacterial attack, giving scientists an unexpected blueprint for better protecting our food

Ash Barty retires from tennis

Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) poses as she visits Uluru in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia on Friday, February 25, 2022. MANDATORY PHOTO CREDIT Scott Barbour/TENNIS AUSTRALIA
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Australian tennis legend Ash Barty has made the stunning decision to retire from tennis at the age of 25, saying she is ‘really, really excited’ about what the future holds

Celebrating our female sporting champs

MELBOURNE, JANUARY 29, 2021: Australian Open Tennis 2022. Ashleigh Barty in action against Danielle Collins during the womens singles final on Rod Laver Arena. Picture: Mark Stewart
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Let’s celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 with a look at eight inspirational Australian female athletes

PM Scott Morrison has Covid-19

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
NewsWire Photos MARCH 01, 2022: 
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Peter Dutton met with the national security committee of cabinet on Ukraine and the Australian floods, and then spoke to media at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra.
Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison will isolate for a week after developing a fever and testing positive to Covid-19, while it’s back to work for the Queen

Global warming threat to outdoor sport

Courier-Mail real estate, Home, advertising feature - Ausbuild - The Sanctuary at Warner.



Cropped portrait of cheerful little girl playing football with her family in the park on a sunny day. She is having fun while passing the ball. Family, kids and nature concept. Horizontal shot.
environment

The Australian way of life will have to change unless leaders take greater action now to address climate change

Sportsmanship makes a comeback in cricket

There was a touching act of sportsmanship in the Ireland vs Nepal game.
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Cricket fans around the world have praised a gracious act of sportsmanship that shows the spirit of cricket is alive and well. WATCH THE VIDEO

Why kids are better at fighting Covid

Generic photo of happy students in their classroom wearing their school uniform
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Children’s "innate" immune systems are better at overcoming Covid-19 than adults’ – and another factor stalling the spread in schools is really something to sing about

Queen tests positive to Covid-19

(FILES) A file Buckingham Palace handout image released on February 6, 2022, shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiling as she sits in Sandringham House in Norfolk, eastern England on February 2, 2022, released to mark the start of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee Year. - Queen Elizabeth II was tested positive for Covid-19 but with "mild symptoms" according to a statement published by the royal palace on February 20, 2022. (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON / BUCKINGHAM PALACE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BUCKINGHAM PALACE " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO DIGITAL ALTERATION ALLOWED  - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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After spending time with the Prince of Wales last week, Queen Elizabeth II has also tested positive to Covid-19 and reportedly has ‘mild, cold-like symptoms’

New dino study is nothing to sneeze at

Researchers believe dinosaurs caught colds just like humans. They investigated unusual bony protrusions on a young diplodocid fossil's neck. They believe these bony abnormalities probably grew in response to an infection in its respiratory system. The researchers say this is the first evidence of a respiratory infection in a dinosaur, and it is possible the young diplodocid experienced flu or pneumonia-like symptoms such as weight loss, coughing, fever and breathing difficulties or even died as a result of this illness.
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An international team of researchers believes dinosaurs caught colds and other respiratory illnesses, just like humans

Bad sugar habits are harming kids

Food bans at schools. Alice, 5. Picture: Tim Carrafa
health

Sugary treats are tough to resist – but sugar is harmful once kids eat and drink more than the equivalent of six teaspoons a day. How much sugar do you consume?

How did Beijing get Olympics blue sky?

A general view shows the the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, ahead of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing on February 4, 2022. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
environment

Beijing’s smog is notorious. But the Chinese capital has enjoyed blue skies like this for much of the Winter Olympics. How did it do it?

Our best Winter Olympics as slider takes silver

YANQING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 12: Jaclyn Narracott of Team Australia slides during the Women's Skeleton heat 4 on day eight of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at National Sliding Centre on February 12, 2022 in Yanqing, China. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
sport

After a bone-rattling, heart-stopping slide to the finish line, Jaclyn Narracott has won silver in the skeleton, delivering Australia a fourth Winter Olympics medal for the first time in history

Happy kids get higher NAPLAN grades

08-02-2022 Naplan study shows that happier students produce better Naplan scores. Brisbane Girls Grammar students Wilhelmina Miller (Year 7), Holly Clark (Year 9) and Ines McKeddie (Year 7). PICTURE: Brad Fleet
humanities

A merry spring in the step might do more than extra study when it comes to improving a student’s literacy and numeracy scores

Gold medal win for Jakara’s mighty moguls

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 6 : Jakara Anthony of team Australia wins the gold medal during the Olympic Games 2022, Men's Ski Freestyle Moguls on February 6, 2022 in Zhangjiakou China. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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Jakara Anthony dominated the women’s moguls from the start and got her fairytale finish, winning a gold medal and capping off a historic day for Australia that started with Tess Coady’s bronze

How to lunch like an Olympian

Olympian Riley Day shares her tips for a healthy lunch box.
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Olympian Riley Day knows how important a healthy lunch is. Let’s see what she recommends. Plus you can enter Healthy Harold’s search for Australia’s healthiest lunchbox

How to make a happy return to school

Happy schoolchildren with face masks run from the joy of returning to school during the Covid-19 quarantine.
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Starting a new school year can be hard, especially in Covid-19 times, so we asked meditation and mindfulness teacher Sam Snowden for her tips on coping with back to school worries

Dylan Alcott named Australian of the Year

MELBOURNE.  26/01/2022. Australian Open Tennis.  Day 10. Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott with the Australian of there Year trophy at Melbourne Park this morning.     Photo by Michael Klein
humanities

Tennis champ and Paralympic gold medallist Dylan Alcott is the first person with a disability to win the nation’s top award. He’s well known for his sport but that’s not his only achievement

Face mask litter a major problem

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 13, 2020, Gary Stokes, founder of the environmental group Oceans Asia, poses with discarded face masks he found on a beach in the residential area of Discovery Bay on the outlying Lantau island in Hong Kong. - The surge in mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic has thrown up a potent new threat to wildlife due to people thoughtlessly discarding the protective gear in massive quantities, environmentalists warn. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)
environment

Nearly two years since the pandemic began, the world is awash in discarded single-use face masks and this chief Covid protection poses a threat to wildlife and the environment

Bird sounds set for ARIA success

The golden bowerbird  in the Wet Tropics may be under threat as the climate changes. Peter Valentine photo
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Endangered Australian birds could knock pop songbirds from their perch, with an album of birdsong in the running to debut in the ARIA Top 10

Djoker’s toughest opponent in record bid

Mark Knight cartoon for Kids News.
sport

One man stands between tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and his bid to win a record number of Grand Slams with victory at the Australian Open, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

3D printer pumps out a pizza

BeeHex - 3D printer for pizza. People sample the 3D printed pizza.
technology

Microwave ovens were huge when they hit the market, but this revolutionary food appliance prints food using edible paste as ink

Covid jabs for kids by January

A child, 11, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children in Montreal, Quebec on November 24, 2021. - Today is the first day that children are allowed to receive the version of the vaccine designed for children aged 5 to 11 years old in Canada. (Photo by Andrej Ivanov / AFP)
health

Primary school kids are on track to receive their first jabs before school returns next year, with the Pfizer vaccine cleared for use

Tense time for Australian teens

Multi-ethnic group of upper elementary students in the classroom together.
health

Aussie teens spend too much time on screens, not enough time exercising or sleeping, and they’re worried about Covid and the environment, a new survey reveals

How to swap screen time for green time

Healthy Harold gives his tips on how to manage screen time.
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It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re on a screen. It even happens to Healthy Harold! See Harold’s tips for swapping screen time for green time – and send him your questions

Risk plus adventure equals fun at the park

Research from Deakin Uni about the things kids, young people and oldies want from Victorian and Melbourne parks.
Kids - flying foxes and trees to climb
Teens - basketball courts and places to hang out
Oldies - places to walk and birdwatching places.
Yumi and Coco playing up a tree. Picture: Tim Carrafa
just for fun

Flying foxes, trees for climbing, swings and obstacle courses are on the park wishlist for Aussie kids, new research reveals

Girls more active in PE without boys

MELBOURNE, NOVEMBER 11, 2021: Rowers at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, L to R Alexandra Williams, Georgie Gough, Amelia Kogler. Picture: Mark Stewart
sport

Girls get a bigger workout in single-sex school sports than they do playing on mixed teams with boys

How to stay healthy and happy during Covid

Life Education's Healthy Harold has some advice on staying healthy and happy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has meant big changes for people around the world – kids included. It’s been tough at times but Healthy Harold has some great advice for getting through the pandemic

Schools shut as smog smothers Indian capital

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 5, 2021, commuters make their way along a street amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi. - Even as its capital was blanketed by toxic smog, India led the charge to weaken anti-coal pledges at the COP26 summit, with experts saying it is prioritising its economic growth over the planet's future. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP) / TO GO WITH India-Environment-climate-coal,FOCUS by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA
environment

Authorities in the Indian capital of New Delhi have ordered the closure of schools and coal-burning power plants after air pollution reached more than 30 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended maximum

Power up with healthy foods

Healthy Harold and a family enjoy a picnic of healthy food.
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The right foods not only help to keep you healthy and strong, they also power your body through the day. Read Healthy Harold’s advice on the foods you need for energy

Call for more inclusive sports terms

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are playing a soccer game outside on a sunny day at the park.
humanities

Whether terms like ‘sportsmanship’ and ‘man on’ are discriminatory has sparked gender debate in physical education

Teen friendships move online

Teen girl lying on bed making a video call with laptop
technology

Half of Australian teens spend at least as much time online with their friends as seeing them face-to-face, a new study has found

Record ride on top of hot-air balloon

This selfie picture taken on November 10, 2021, shows French balloonist Remi Ouvrard attempting to set a world record by standing on the top of a hot air balloon for the Telethon at an altitude of over 3637 meters, in Chatellerault, western France. (Photo by REMI OUVRARD / AFP)
just for fun

A French daredevil has set a world record for standing on top of a hot-air balloon higher above the ground than ever before – and has this breathtaking selfie to prove it

Big Bird ruffles feathers after Covid shot

Sesame Street brings its Kindness stage show to Adelaide this
weekend, Nov 25 and 26.
health

Not even Sesame Street’s fictional feathered friends are safe on social media, as Big Bird’s Covid jab sets off US Senator Ted Cruz

Tennis legend Dylan Alcott to retire

MELBOURNE. Tennis Announcement. 09/11/2021.  Australian wheelchair tennis player announces that the 2022 Australian Open will be his last and he will retire from the sport     .  Photo by Michael Klein.
sport

The world's most successful quad tennis player is set to retire, with Golden Slam champion Dylan Alcott confirming next year’s Australian Open will be his last

Covid jab for younger kids delayed

A multi-ethnic group of four children, 5 to 7 years old, playing together on a playground during school recess. They are sitting side by side on two slides, looking at the camera. They are all wearing masks, back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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A decision on the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine for younger kids is coming soon – but the delay likely means most primary aged children won’t have access to the jab until next year

Get in the mood to move

Healthy Harold on a scooter for Mood to Move story for Kids News
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Moving is not only great for our bodies, but also our minds. Read Healthy Harold’s tips for getting in the mood to move

World’s word of the year revealed

12-year-olds are getting vaccinated today at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. Archer Miller 12, all OK getting his Pfizer vaccination.                       Picture: David Caird
humanities

Covid-19 has dominated our conversations for the past year but one pandemic-related word has come out of nowhere to be declared the 2021 word of the year

‘Novax’ will need special passport to play

Mark Knight cartoon for Tuesday 26th of October Herald Sun Newspaper
sport

Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons world No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic might need a special vaccine passport to defend his Australian Open title

Keeping the world safe from Covid

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On 5 March 2021, porters carrying COVID-19 vaccines to health facilities in Jumla District in Nepal’s remote far-west region. The Government of Nepal has launched the second phase of the vaccination campaign targeting those who are most vulnerable to developing severe illness from COVID-19 including the elderly and people with comorbidities. UNICEF has supported the assessment and strengthening of vaccine cold-chain systems in many health facilities around the country, including in Jumla, and much of this equipment – which includes refrigerators and vaccine cold boxes and carriers - is now being used in the storage and transport of COVID-19 vaccines. UNICEF has also procured and supplied safer auto-disabled syringes for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
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Getting a Covid-19 jab is a lot harder in some parts of the world than it is in Australia. UNICEF health workers are going to extraordinary lengths to get lifesaving vaccines to hard-to-reach places

Tips for calming a busy brain

Healthy Harold practises mindfulness by getting out in nature. For Kids News
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Have you ever felt like your mind is so busy you can’t concentrate? Healthy Harold has some great advice for how to calm a busy brain

Gaps in childhood tooth brushing

7 year old Ella Kosinski brushing her teeth at home. 
Two-thirds of Australian children brushed twice or more times a day and the mean age of starting toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste was 24 months. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Only two-thirds of Australian children brush their teeth twice a day, with experts calling for a fresh national review of children’s oral health habits

Golden girls could finally get Olympic due

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Australian athletes robbed of Olympic medals during a notorious period of cheating may finally be given their rightful place in sporting history after a 40-year fight for justice

Even premiers must follow the rules

Mark Knight cartoon on Dan Andrews not wearing a mask
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Victorian kids are packing face masks into their school bags along with their books and lunch because no-one wants to find themselves in the naughty corner, cartoonist Mark Knight says

Walk to the moon for kindness

Along the Coogee Beach esplanade messages of kindness and hope from community members has popped up on the fencing. Picture: David Swift
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Kids, schools and communities are being challenged to spread small acts of kindness while walking 382,000km – the distance from Earth to the moon – between now and World Kindness Day

Stepping up to fight hunger

Prep student Emma Reade is taking part in the FareShare FootSteps Challenge, promising to walk 100km to raise money to feed people in need.
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Inspirational Prep student Emma Reade is stepping up her efforts to help feed people in need by joining the FareShare FootSteps Challenge

Have you heard the one about the Covid test?

The Royal ChildrenÕs Hospital will trial a new coronavirus testing method for kids over the coming weeks.
ItÕs a much less invasive but an equally effective test. 
The new device will sit at the base of a childÕs nose and collect any virus particles. Harry, 7, with the device.  Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Getting a Covid-19 test is no joke, but it could become a lot more fun for kids thanks to a new Australian made testing device in the shape of moustaches and cat noses

Covid vaccine race is finally on

Mark Knight cartoon - Race to get Australia vaccinated for Herald Sun 6th Sept 2021
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Beating Covid-19 is a bit like a drag car race between the vaccine and the Delta variant, according to cartoonist Mark Knight

Do you know your vegetables?

Woolworths announces return of  Fresh Foods for Kids Discovery Program for 2022. after research found almost 50 per cent of Aussie kids can't recognise a beetroot or leek. Pictured is Jennifer Young  and Lucy Young. Picture: Adam Dormand
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Aussie kids are becoming less knowledgeable about where their food comes from and many can’t identify common vegetables, according to new research

Healthy Harold wants to know RU OK?

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It’s RU OK? Day and Healthy Harold wants to check in with kids around Australia. Here’s his advice for looking after yourself and each other

Good moods from fresh foods

Healthy food for thought. Fresh fruit and vegetables consumed by early teens helps develop the brain apposed to unhealthy foods a study has found. Ella 11, goes to the top of the class when it comes to eating good food.                    Picture: David Caird
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That yucky feeling after eating junk is your body telling you something – and now we know that foods high in sugar, fat and salt are harming your mental health too

Mini-horse breeds happiness

Shane Hendricks takes his miniature horse Jimmy for a run along Prince Charles Parade at Kurnell while he skate boards along side. The pair have delighted locals for around 10 years with their unusual outings. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Meet Jimmy, the handsome black miniature stallion who is winning hearts and spreading smiles with a skateboarder in tow

China cuts video gaming for kids

KIDS NEWS: China is limiting video game time for kids. Picture: iStock.
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China has announced strict new time limits on kids playing video games, including banning online gaming altogether on school days

More Aussie kids need glasses

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured is Georgie Payne and Clementine Schofield, both 7yo, who wear glasses. For a story on the increasing number of youngsters needing glasses due to heightened screen time in lockdown. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Digital technology is here to stay, but rising numbers of Australian students are copping the impact of screens right between the eyes

Milk is cream of the crop for bones

Teddy 7, and Millie Hawkins, 9 drinking milk for Healthy Bones week. Picture: Tim Carrafa
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It’s Healthy Bones Action Week and Healthy Harold is encouraging kids to think about their bones. Find out more about bone health and send your questions to Healthy Harold

Hotdogs land in hot water

A new study suggests that eating cheeseburgers can reduce your life expectancy by a few minutes each time. Pictured is Scout Parker, 2 and his brother Courtland, 4, enjoying a cheeseburger. Picture: David Swift
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Ditching hotdogs and burgers from our diet could add up to extra time enjoying a healthy life, with a new study counting the minutes lost or gained from eating thousands of food items

Olympian sells medal to save baby’s life

Silver medallist Poland's Maria Andrejczyk celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony for  the women's javelin throw event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Javier SORIANO / AFP)
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Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has a heart of gold, selling her Tokyo Olympics silver medal to fund lifesaving surgery for a sick baby she has never met

Why making up stories is good for you

Archie Isaac, 11, with his mum Jenny Atkinson, at home in Manly Vale, today.
(Story about how kids should use old fashioned pen and paper to do writing as it helps develop their skills and boosts their creativity).

Picture: Justin Lloyd.
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Letting your imagination run wild is one of the best things about being a kid – and a great way to start your entry for the 2021 Kids News Short Story Competition

Playground ban stirs up memories of the Fun Police

Mark Knight playground closure cartoon. For August 18, 2021.
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The closure of Melbourne’s playgrounds to combat Covid-19 reminded cartoonist Mark Knight of being labelled the Fun Police when he used to tell his kids it was time to go home