Following Amsterdam's lead, Utrecht and Rotterdam are launching large-scale checks of municipal buildings for the presence of lead water pipes, the municipalities told NOS.
Coalition party CDA wants to do more to protect children against advertising and sponsors on television, YouTube and other social media. According to CDA parliamentarian Harry van der Molen, children are currently treated as "mini-consumers" and that has to stop, AD reports.
A third of Dutch children live in a home that is unhealthy in some way, such as being too dark, too damp, too noisy or too cold, according to European figures collected by research agency RAND for Velux. This increases their chance of health problems like asthma, eczema and respiratory diseases, AD reports.
The Rotterdam police twice responded to reports of firearms found by coincidence on Tuesday. A group of kids pulled a gun out of the Zevenhuizerplas while playing outside. And a woman found a gun in Park Zestienhoven while walking her dog, the police said in a statement.
The firearm found by the playing kids was in the lake for some time, according to the police. It wasn't loaded. "The children who found the weapon received an explanation from the police about what to do if they see a firearm lying on the street."
Aldi and Lidl are going to stop selling energy drinks to young children. From October 1st, kids under the age of 14 will not be able to buy energy drinks from Aldi stores, AD reports.
Aldi was the first supermarket in the Netherlands to announce this measure. The supermarket will ask for proof of identity to check the age when a child tries to buy an energy drink. Aldi will also inform customers about the health risks involved in consuming such drinks.
Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer is calling on the government to bring Dutch kids stuck in camps in Syria back to the Netherlands. "Doing nothing is unacceptable and in violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child", she said on Thursday. "The Netherlands must to everything in its power to bring these children back." ANP reports.
Over the past five years the proportion of Dutch children who play outside every day decreased from 20 percent to 14 percent, according to research by Jantje Beton, RTL Nieuws reports.
A third of the kids said they'd like to play outside more often, but can't because of "the dullness of play areas", or hobbies and school keeping them too busy. Many kids would also rather watch TV or play games than go play outside. Children who prefer to go outside, mainly do so for cycling and climbing.
Pediatricians in the Netherlands are calling for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 18. According to the doctors, many children and teenagers suffer complaints like restlessness, fatigue and cardiac arrhythmia due to energy drinks.
The majority of children under the age of 13 in the Netherlands eat less fruit, vegetables and fish than the Nutrition Center recommends, according to a health survey by Statistics Netherlands in collaboration with the RIVM and the Nutrition Center. In the period between 2014 and 2016 less than four in ten children ate enough fruit, just over four in ten ate enough vegetables, and little more than half ate enough fish.
The health survey is annually conducted among around 1,100 children. Researchers question the kids' parents about the food they eat.
The number of people falling ill in the Netherlands after eating wild mushrooms, increased sharply in 2017. So far this year, the National Poisoning Information Center received 182 questions from medical care providers about mushroom poisoning, compared to 137 in all of last year, NU.nl reports.
The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof is very concerned about at least 80 children of Dutch jihadists that are growing up in ISIS territory, he said to the Telegraaf on Wednesday. According to him, these kids are at risk of being severely traumatized. And Dutch security forces are seriously concerned that young boys are already a threat to the Netherlands.
Pediatric intensive care units in Randstad hospitals are overflowing due to a large influx of young patients with the RS virus. Sick children are being transported to other hospitals in the country and some were even sent abroad, pediatrician Frederique Hofstede said to broadcaster NOS.
On Thursday night a drunk woman crashed her car into a tree on Nieuwstraat in Sint-Michelsgestel. She had two 9-year-old kids in the car with her, Omroep Brabant reports.
When given a breathalyzer, the woman blew 1605 ugl. That's equal to between 10 to 13 glasses of alcohol.
The children in the car were the woman's daughter and an acquaintance's son. According to the police, the kids sustained injuries to their faces and were "properly panicked".
The woman's license was confiscated and the incident was reported to youth welfare organizations.
Kids in the Netherlands are more in need of real interest and attention from adults than they are of more toys, Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer concluded after touring through the country speaking with children. "We believe that children are materialistic, but when you ask them what they think is important, it is attention at number 1", she said, according to Het Parool.
Kalverboer started her term as Children's Ombudsman of the Netherlands by touring through the country speaking with hundreds of children and having over 2 thousand kids fill out questionnaires.
The municipality of Amsterdam is investing 2 million euros into Amsterdam 021 - a program that aims to prepare children for the future by teaching them digital skills like coding and engineering, Het Parool reports.
The program is a collaboration between Amsterdam's public library, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger and Waag Society/Fablab Amsterdam. The program is intended to make sure that no child falls behind in the development of digital and technical skills, which are vital for jobs in the future.
From now on Albert Heijn will only have cartoon characters and childhood heroes on responsible products of its own brand, in an attempt to make unhealthy snacks less attractive to children
At least 38 children are staying in a closed institution without a court ruling that they could be there. These children were admitted to the institution based on their own or their parents' decision
The Dutch government is investing 7 million euros into providing education to children living in war zones or areas affected by natural disaster, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on Monday
Police in the Netherlands launched a campaign on Friday asking parents and children to stop bringing toy guns and fake weaponry onto the streets for their own safety. Authorities say there has been an increase in the number of incidents where officers encounter young people who are carrying toys that look exactly like real firearms.
At least seven, but possibly as many as 14, Dutch hospitals let prisoners in Belgium work on their patient files. Up until the end of 2014 these prisoners' job was to remove staples, paperclips and photos so that the information could be scanned, the program Meldpunt van Omroep Max reported on Tuesday.
Children with depressed or anxious parents are between two and six times more likely to be anxious or depressed than children with relaxed parents, according to a study done by psychologist Evin Aktar. He received a PhD from the University of Amsterdam on Wednesday
A 41-year-old man that was arrested while attempting a burglary, found himself in even deeper trouble after telling officers that he had left two kids at home alone. He left the toddlers, in the middle of the night, to go on a burglary spree.
Homes in the Netherlands have an average of five devices that can access the internet via a WiFi connection.
The number of CT scans performed on children increased by roughly 80 percent compared to 2005, according to a study done by the RIVM. A 2013 study by the institute into the risk to children when exposed to ionizing radiation, showed that children who have undergone a CT scan have a greater risk of getting cancer than previously thought.