In-car safety seats to be mandatory for under-12s Thursday, 15 October, 2009 Following the announcement that car safety seats are to be mandatory for children up to the age of 12, Pete Forster speaks to Daniel Menna from the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention about the reasons behind such a significant rise from the current maximum age of 7.
Schools work to get kids back on the move Tuesday, 18 August, 2009 Kids aren’t moving enough and it’s hurting their health. That’s according to the Federal Office for Sport, which says a lack of exercise for children now can lead to health problems later in life. The government’s School on the Move programme is designed to remedy the situation. More and more schools are signing on to the programme and one of the latest is in Wilderswil in canton Bern. There, 300 kids of all ages took part in a day of activities. Vincent Landon has more:
Battle over movie ratings likely to have a sequel Thursday, 13 August, 2009 How old should you be to watch the latest Harry Potter film? The answer varies from one canton to another, and that’s driving a lot of people up the wall. Leading the charge for change is Procinema, a group representing cinema owners and film distributors in Switzerland. It would like ratings to be set by the film industry—which would be cheaper, easier and coherent across the board. But many cantons cringe at this affront to their sovereignty, saying there is too much at stake to let others decide what’s good for their kids. Lucas Chambers has the story:
New maternity leave debate opens old wounds Friday, 10 July, 2009 Maternity leave has been making headlines this week, with much of the debate triggered by a recent article in the weekly Weltwoche magazine. The article focuses on Jasmin Staiblin, the Chief Executive Officer of the engineering firm ABB, who’s expecting her first child. The piece suggests that, as CEO of a huge company, during unusually tough economic times, she should not be taking the full maternity leave she’s entitled to. With statutory paid maternity leave only introduced in Switzerland in 2004—after no fewer than five national votes—the issue remains a sensitive one. And as Catherine Allen reports, Ms Staiblin’s rank and responsibility have added a new dimension to the debate.
Do most accidents happen at home? Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 Here’s a scary statistic: more young children in Switzerland die from accidents than disease. Of course, that could also be a testament to good health care in Switzerland, but the number of accidents in the home could certainly be reduced. To which end, Lausanne’s cantonal hospital is holding a conference for parents, to raise awareness of the dangers. Conor Lennon spoke to Professor Olivier Reinberg - a paediatric surgeon at the hospital - and began by asking whether it’s still the case that most accidents happen at home.
Five must-know parenting tips Friday, 15 May, 2009 Child and adolescent psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas has documented for us some of the key parenting points on themes that recur regularly in her practice and on the show:
Sports camp targets overweight kids Monday, 20 April, 2009 Every year the canton of Zurich organises sports camps for children. Kids can learn climbing, windsurfiing or play football or tennis. This year, for the first time, the authorities have designed a camp specifically for overweight children. The move reflects growing concern at the number of young people who are overweight. The camp began on the weekend with a Family Day at the sports centre in Filzbach in canton Glarus. On Sunday it transferred to Davos. Our reporter, Vincent Landon, attended the Family Day, and has this report:
The multi-lingual generation Wednesday, 11 March, 2009 Michele Mischler is joined by Duff Gyr, Primary Principal at La Grande Boissière International School and middle school teacher Carlo Palusci for a discussion of how children can benefit from multi-lingual environments.
Understanding your third-culture kids Wednesday, 11 February, 2009 Michele Mischler speaks to Tina Quick from International Family Transitions and pyschologist Michèle O’Donnell about so-called third-culture kids, a term coined in the 1950s in a study of expat cultures.
Switzerland comes up short on childcare Friday, 6 February, 2009 Last Thursday, the Federal Commission for the Coordination of Family Questions (COFF) released a report on the state of childcare in Switzerland that revealed major gaps in the system. The country is 120,000 childcare places short and 40 percent of children between the ages of 7 and 14 are unmonitored after school, according to the report, which also states that Switzerland lags behind its OECD counterparts. COFF president Jürg Krummenacher joins Pete Forster with a more detailed look at the problem.
Expats feel squeeze over school places Wednesday, 4 February, 2009 It’s every English-speaking parent’s nightmare. You move to Switzerland where your children don’t speak the language, you want to send them to the international school, but there are no places.
Swiss measles vaccine rate falls short Wednesday, 7 January, 2009 Switzerland on a list of European countries where the measles vaccine rate is lower than required by the World Health Organization’s programme to eradicate the potentially fatal disease by 2010. Conor Lennon spoke to Klara Posfay-Barbe - a paediatric infectious disease specialist at Geneva’s children’s hospital - and Virginie Masserey, head of the vaccination service at the Federal Office of Public Health, about why more children in Switzerland are not given the vaccine.
Smacking to stay in Switzerland Wednesday, 3 December, 2008 Parents will still be allowed to smack their children in Switzerland, after a proposal to ban it was voted down in parliament. Is this decision a victory for common sense? Or should smacking be treated the same as any kind of violence against children and banned? This emotive issue made the front page of Le Matin, the Swiss Romande daily paper, on Tuesday. Deputy Editor Nathalie Docommun even wrote in her editorial of her relief at the bill’s failure to get through the Swiss parliament. WRS’s Conor Lennon asked her why.