Children’s Rights Week

This week, all around the world, we celebrate the Children’s Rights Week. The World Children’s Day is held on the 20th November.

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

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Raising happy children

There are a lot of different methods, when bringing up a child, which one can use as a preventive tool or as a help to solve problems. Many times communication between a child and their parent or other adults in their life can be problematic. I am a mother to a 5-year old myself, and often find myself needing assistance on how to raise a child, not having a natural network of close relatives. The advice can vary a lot, and sometimes it can be hard to choose which way to go. Through my studies I have also started to pay more attention to what kind of help is available in my situation. I have had some revelations for example through Raisa Cacciatore’s Kiukkukirja, which has helped me to understand child’s aggression better, and made me realize that anger and aggression are something a child needs to develop their identity. Another great innovation is the Fanni book-series by Julia Pöyhönen and Heidi Livingston. The books were created to practice emotional skills, and they are great for that purpose! The books deal with issues such as the child’s fears, restlessness, stress and ways to de-stress and regognize different emotions.

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The Constant Battle

Before I applied to study in the University of Applied Sciences, I read gloomy opinions on internet discussion forums that it is not worth studying the social services because there are no jobs available. I heard the same from friends and relatives. I decided that I would not let it affect me, applied, was accepted  and I was proud of my decision. Now that I’m in the second year of my studies I have started to look around for job opportunities but also started to notice the realities of the field, and the opportunities to influence my future work. It is difficult to think in advance what working life will be like in the field, and I have actively tried to look for working life experiences in the social services field. While searching for information on our group’s topic on child protection, I came across a few articles that dealt with the crisis in child protection in Vantaa and decided to look into it in more detail.

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Does Video Games Make Children More Violent?

Does your child turn in to a school shooter by playing the infamous Grand Theft Auto game series? Does fighting games cause your child to be the Rocky Balboa of the school yard? Find out by checking out this post!

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Family Reunification

In my first post, I wrote about the importance of family to integration and now thought to go further. Based on the comments, I came to this solution. So thank you for your comments and thoughts:) I find the topic interesting and current. The subject is also very familiar to me, it is close to my family.

Image: Riitta Järnström
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Children are Capable of Murder too

For the most of us, children are viewed as innocent beings that are living their lives when everything is new and surprising. We wouldn’t want to think about it, but where ever the is a light there must always be a shadow. These shadows of this post are called, Eric Smith, Christopher Pittman, Jon Venables & Robert Thompson. The last two happens to be the youngest on this post as well.


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A 6-year-old arrested in Florida

A few weeks ago some very strange news caught my eye. In Orlando Florida a schools resource officer by the name of Dennis Turner arrested a 6-year-old girl for having a temper tantrum in class. It all started with a call to the girls grandmother where the resource officer told her that her granddaughter Kaia Rolle kicked a school employee and has now been arrested, and is on her way to Juvenile Assessment Center were she going to be charged with battery.

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Is Social Media Good For Children?

Social media plays a huge role in people’s lives these days. Wherever you go, you’ll see people staring at their phones, almost 24/7. People share a lot of their personal information on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc. (sometimes too personal, if you ask me…) There’s so many good things about social media and it makes our life easier, no one can deny that. You can find information, read the news, find friends, communicate with other people, listen to music and things like that. Most of the time, it’s fun.

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