Maltese children are once again ‘the fattest in Europe’

Kids in the Malta have once again been ranked as the fattest in Europe. Malta has the highest rate of child obesity in the European Union, according to alarming new research. Almost 25 per cent of  15-year-olds are now overweight or obese in Malta, a higher proportion than in all other EU countries and a […]

Malta’s arts festival for children attracts record crowds

Malta’s international arts festival for children has been hailed a success. The ninth edition of ZiguZajg attracted a record 21,000 visitors during its 10 day run. More than 8,500 of them were pupils from 45 different schools across Malta and Gozo. Festival director Daniel Azzopardi said he was delighted by the positive reaction to the […]

Children as young as two ‘are using social media’

Children as young as two are using social media, according to new research. The study has led to fresh fears that more young people are becoming addicted to sites such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. More than 60% of teachers said that they were worried about under-fives using social networks, not only because of exposure […]

Former President of Malta gets a new job in Brussels

Malta‘s former president has taken up a new job in Brussels. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca has been elected president of Eurochild, a children’s rights network working in 34 countries. She said: ‘During my time both as Minister for the Family and as President of Malta, child participation was always at the centre of my endeavours. ‘I’d […]

Facebook ‘likes’ could be blocked for children

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat could turn off their ‘like’ function for children in a bid to keep young people safe online. New guidelines have been suggested to protect youngsters on the internet. But while some have praised it as a step to avoid ‘tragic’ consequences, the draft code has not been […]

WATCH: Kids react to Malta’s Eurovision song

Malta is now among the favourites to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. ‘Chameleon’ by Michela Pace stormed into the top ten on the Eurovision 2019 betting odds at the weekend. The singer, 18, from Gozo is now listed as the eighth favourite to lift the Eurovision trophy. That’s an impressive jump for Malta, which […]

Turn off children’s gadgets ‘an hour before bedtime’

Parents should avoid letting their children use mobile phones or tablets an hour before bedtime, according to experts. Doctors said there was now ‘clear scientific evidence’ that looking at screens such as smartphones and laptops can disrupt sleep and impact children’s health. They c;aimed that spending long periods on gadgets was also directly linked to […]

Malta’s arts festival for children kicks off this weekend

Malta’s biggest international festival for children gets underway this weekend. The ŻiguŻajg festival returns for a fun-packed few days, offering more than enough to keep the little ones happy. Kicking off on Friday at 9am, the event will include more than 150 performances and workshops designed to inspire creativity and stimulate the imaginations of thousands of kids. […]

Malta ranked among the world’s best places to be a child

Malta has been ranked among the best places in the world to be a child. Malta came 19th out of 172 countries – ahead of the United States, Singapore, Russia and Qatar, according to a new study. The End of Childhood Report ranked nations from best to worst in an effort to explore the main […]