Childwear and other clothing with embedded electronics, such as smartphones and tablets, is a growing concern.
Childware is an emerging market with sales of up to $US2 billion a year.
In 2017, there were over 4,000 cases of children who died in Australia’s “Internet of Things” (IoT) environment, which is an increasingly sophisticated digital ecosystem with devices embedded in the environment.
According to a 2016 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, “Children in this environment are vulnerable to the most serious risk of death due to illness, trauma, or other reasons”.
According to a 2017 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report, children who use mobile phones or other mobile devices have been found to have high rates of depression and anxiety disorders, which are associated with more severe social isolation, poorer academic achievement, and lower income and health outcomes.
A 2017 Australian Institute for Health and Development study found that “childhood obesity is increasing rapidly in Australia”.
Children are particularly vulnerable to infections because they tend to carry more viruses, including respiratory viruses, than adults.
In Australia, one child dying of pneumonia is four times more likely to die from pneumonia than one with influenza, according to the Australian Institute.
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a 2017 report, Children are more likely than adults to contract respiratory infections, including pneumonia, in the event of a pandemic.
In addition, children are at increased risk of contracting infections from infected healthcare workers or others.
In the 2016 report, the IFARC found that up to one in five children die from respiratory infections in Australia, with up to 60 per cent of cases being fatal.
Children and young people who are at risk of dying due to respiratory infection include: infants and young children