Department of Psychology, University of Calgary
DETERMINANTS OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT LAB
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October 26, 2020
Whether you decide to allow your child to trick-or-treat or not, it’s important to plan out how you will talk to them about this decision. Drawing on our expertise in child development and infectious disease, we’re here to help make an informed decision about Halloween this year and provide some tips for communicating your decision to your child effectively. Check out the tips here.
How to help your child cope with returning to school during COVID-19
August 17, 2020
Every fall, parents are tasked with managing back-to-school transitions. But with COVID-19, the start of this school year feels very different. Our research shows that due to COVID-19, parents and children are experiencing greater levels of anxiety and stress. While levels of anxiety and stress may be high, parents play an influential role in helping children cope, encouraging a positive back-to-school transition and helping to reduce children’s anxiety and worries. Here are some helpful tips!
September 19, 2019
Learning to read is one of the most important developmental achievements of childhood, and it sets the stage for later school and life success.
Parents can play a key role in supporting the development of children’s early language skills and fostering a love of reading.
Read more about how parents can help kids learn and love to read.
June 17, 2019
New research from the DCD Lab in collaboration with Dr. Jeff Temple has found that one in seven teens are sexting and that a link exists between sexting and sexual behaviour, drug use, and poor mental health. What does this mean for education and how can you know the risks for your teen? Read more in this article by Camille Mori, Dr. Temple, and Dr. Madigan.
How failure can help build resilience
March 20, 2019
With recent news of the college cheating scandal in which parents allegedly paid for their children to gain entrance to post-secondary in the United states, increased attention has been placed on the extreme and even illegal measures parents will take to ensure their children are successful. But does protecting children from failure really benefit them? Read more about this as well as tips on how to build resilience in your child.
What happens when parents play favourites?
March 28, 2019
January 28, 2019
Researchers, doctors, public health officials and parents are all trying to make sense of the impact of screen time on children. In a study published today in JAMA Pediatrics, we find a measurable association between how much young children are using screens and how well they are meeting their developmental milestones. Read more from Dr. Dillon Browne, Dr. Nicole Racine, and Dr. Sheri Madigan.
January 02, 2019
“Technoference,” or the intrusions and interruptions of digital devices during social interactions, has important implications for parenting today. It is next to impossible to simultaneously text while also engaging and responding consistently and sensitively to your child’s needs. Read about technoference and some tips to disconnect from devices from Dr. Sheri Madigan, Dr. Dillon Browne, and Rachel Eirich.
December 13, 2018
Research has shown that a parent's level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours. With Christmas fast approaching, it is the perfect time to learn about ways to foster generosity and gratitude in children. Read advice from Dr. Sheri Madigan in this article.
June 13, 2018
Sexting is emerging as a modern component of youth sexual development. Read about why sexting should be incorporated into the current sexual education curriculum from Dr. Madigan, Dr. Temple, and graduate student, Camille Mori.
June 13, 2018
How do we keep children safe from online sexual encounters when technology is used so often today? Read advice from Dr. Madigan, Dr. Dimitropoulos, and lab member, Nina Anderson.
June 13, 2018
One in five youth are exposed to unwanted sexual content online. Read more from Dr. Madigan and Dr. Dimitropoulos.