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  • Outdoor Activity And Nearsightedness In Children

    08/05/2008 6:31:11 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 29 replies · 198+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 5, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2008) — A growing number of the world's children are mildly to severely nearsighted (myopic), with rates especially high among urbanized East Asians. In addition to coping with poor distance vision, children with severe myopia are more prone to visual impairment and blindness later in life. Although genetic inheritance plays a role, the rapid rise of myopia suggests that environmental factors are driving the trend. Myopia usually begins and progresses during children's school years, but research on the role of intensive reading or other "near work" has determined that this is a minor factor. A new study...
  • Risk of Unintentional Injury Death is High for Young Children Living with Unrelated Adults

    08/04/2008 2:15:39 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies · 83+ views
    University of Missouri ^ | Aug. 4, 2008 | Unknown
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Injuries are the leading cause of death among children after the first year of life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a new study, a University of Missouri professor found that children living in households with unrelated adults are six times more likely to die of maltreatment-related unintentional injuries, compared to children living with two biological parents. The risk of maltreatment death is double for children living with foster or step-parents, or other related adults. However, the risk is not higher for children living in households with a single biological parent and no...
  • Birthday party snub sparks debate

    06/29/2008 6:12:42 AM PDT · by Todd_Gray · 22 replies · 297+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2008-06-29 | BBC
    An eight-year-old boy has sparked an unlikely outcry in Sweden after failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party. The boy's school says he has violated the children's rights and has complained to the Swedish Parliament. The school, in Lund, southern Sweden, argues that if invitations are handed out on school premises then it must ensure there is no discrimination. The boy's father has lodged a complaint with the parliamentary ombudsman. He says the two children were left out because one did not invite his son to his own party and he had fallen out with the...
  • Beachwood cancels Rec League all-star baseball game [Barf Alert]

    06/27/2008 6:31:09 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 34 replies · 232+ views
    WTAM ^ | Thursday, June 26, 2008 | Staff
    Center feels singling out players can hurt youthful self confidence. Thursday, June 26, 2008 (Beachwood) - Beachwood has cancelled its annual 4th of July Rec League All-Star Game for 9 to 12 year olds. In a letter to coaches, Assistant Recreation Supervisor Frank Vicchiarelli announced that the decades old tradition would end because certain kids were being singled out as better players than others.
  • Youth All-Star Game Canceled To Prevent Bruised Egos

    06/27/2008 4:48:51 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 39 replies · 136+ views
    weathernet5.com ^ | 06/26/08 | weathernet5
    BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- A local community has canceled an all-star game for youth baseball players because it doesn't want to exclude anyone. People in Beachwood are upset, and it's not just parents and children. The issue is when is a child just learning a game and when are they old enough to compete in it? The city of Beachwood and its recreation department drew the line at age 12. The phone lines lit up on WTAM on Thursday morning as parents and sports fans called to voice their opinion on the city canceling its all-star game for 9- to 12-year-olds....
  • Little Women

    06/25/2008 4:09:13 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 42 replies · 80+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2008 | Jennifer Ruark
    Several years ago my husband borrowed a Shania Twain CD from the library. When my then 5-year-old daughter saw me roll my eyes at the barely dressed singer's provocative poses on the liner notes, she was smitten. She played the CD over and over, tossing her hair and wiggling her hips in imitation of those photos, oblivious to the innuendo but aware that she was doing something daring and rebellious. What, I thought, am I going to do when she's 13? Reading The Lolita Effect five years later, I wonder why that episode even stands out in my memory. To...
  • At McLean School, Playing Tag Turns Into Hot Potato

    04/15/2008 1:10:36 PM PDT · by Proverbs 3-5 · 32 replies · 113+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/15/2008 | Michael Alison Chandler
    A playground pastime is getting a timeout this spring at a McLean elementary school. Robyn Hooker, principal of Kent Gardens Elementary School, has told students they may no longer play tag during recess after determining that the game of chasing, dodging and yelling "You're it!" had gotten out of hand. Hooker explained to parents in a letter this month that tag had become a game "of intense aggression." The principal said that her goal is to keep students safe and that she hopes to restore tag (as well as touch football, also now on hold) after teachers and administrators review...
  • Why Don't Kids Walk To School Anymore?

    03/28/2008 3:24:06 PM PDT · by blam · 108 replies · 2,018+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-28-2008 | University of Michigan.
    Why Don't Kids Walk To School Anymore?No sidewalk and no green buffer makes walking feel unsafe. A wide treed buffer between a sidewalk and the street encourages walking. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Michigan) ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2008) — Maybe when we were their age, we walked five miles to school, rain or shine. So why don't most children today walk or bike to school? It's not necessarily because they're spoiled, lazy or over scheduled. According to a University of Michigan researcher, concerns about safety are the main reason that less than 13 percent of U.S. children walked or...
  • Extra Vitamin D In Early Childhood Cuts Adult Diabetes Risk

    03/13/2008 7:18:47 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 476+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-13-2008 | BMJ-British Medical Journal
    Extra Vitamin D In Early Childhood Cuts Adult Diabetes Risk ScienceDaily (Mar. 13, 2008) — Vitamin D supplements in early childhood may ward off the development of type 1 diabetes in later life, reveals a research review published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, in which insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body's own immune system, starting in early infancy. The disease is most common among people of European descent, with around 2 million Europeans and North Americans affected. Its incidence is rising at...
  • Childhood now ends at 11: Study

    03/03/2008 10:52:06 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 30 replies · 118+ views
    PTI via. The Times of India ^ | 3 Mar 2008, 1218 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: Childhood is the golden era in one's life. But, a new study has found that it now effectively ends at the age of 11 with parents increasingly succumbing to "pester pressure" from their kids. Researchers in Britain have found that children are forcing their parents to authorise freedoms that belie their years in contrast with the traditional upbringings experienced by their moms and dads. According to the study, more and more teenagers are being allowed to drink alcohol, stay out late, sleep over at their boyfriend's or girlfriend's house and have sex, The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday. Little...
  • Childhood now ends at 11, parents say

    03/03/2008 1:46:16 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 17 replies · 96+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/3/2008 | Sarah Womack
    More than half of parents believe that childhood is now over by the age of 11, according to a survey. The poll shows that children, desperate to keep up with their peers, are forcing parents to authorise freedoms that belie their years, in contrast with the traditional upbringings experienced by their mothers and fathers. Teenagers are increasingly being allowed to drink alcohol, stay out late and sleep over at their boyfriend or girlfriend's house, according to the survey for Random House Children's Books. But many adults feel that parents are wrong to succumb and that youngsters grow up alarmingly quickly,...
  • Taking Play Seriously

    02/17/2008 5:52:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 277+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2008 | ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG
    On a drizzly Tuesday night in late January, 200 people came out to hear a psychiatrist talk rhapsodically about play — not just the intense, joyous play of children, but play for all people, at all ages, at all times. (All species too; the lecture featured touching photos of a polar bear and a husky engaging playfully at a snowy outpost in northern Canada.) Stuart Brown, president of the National Institute for Play, was speaking at the New York Public Library’s main branch on 42nd Street. He created the institute in 1996, after more than 20 years of psychiatric practice...
  • Girls Will Be Girls

    02/12/2008 10:39:34 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 44 replies · 131+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 10, 2008 | PEGGY ORENSTEIN
    Hillary Clinton isn’t the only woman struggling to find an ideal mix of feminism and femininity, one that allows a woman to behave both like and unlike a man without being penalized either way. Mothers of daughters, even if they don’t support the former first lady, feel, if not her pain, at least her conflict. You need only look at the staggering success, in a publishing industry gone soft, of two advice manuals for young women, “The Daring Book for Girls” and “The Girls’ Book: How to Be the Best at Everything.” Those volumes were inspired by “The Dangerous Book...
  • Boys' learning 'helped by toy guns' (UK)

    12/31/2007 10:14:30 AM PST · by Uncledave · 9 replies · 333+ views
    Boys' learning 'helped by toy guns' 31 December 2007 Boys' learning is aided by playing with toy weapons and should not be discouraged at nursery schools, the government has claimed. In new guidance on the issue of boys' education, the government has claimed that development in boys is improved when they are allowed to play and act out their games. The guidance says that staff should resist the 'natural instinct' to stop boys from playing with weapons, although this has been criticised by a number of groups, which have claimed that toy guns and weapons are a symbol of aggression....
  • Honolulu's Future Is Too Serious A Matter To Be Left To Transportation 'Experts'

    12/17/2007 11:09:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 228+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | December 16, 2007 | Daniel P. de Gracia II
    French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau is credited with the famous remark, "La guerre! C'est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaries" -- war is too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military. The idea that Clemenceau was trying to project through these words is that experts are often incapable of seeing beyond their profession and understanding the greater domains of necessity. Here in Hawaii, we are facing a transportation infrastructure crisis of the highest degree of peril. I assert to every single man, woman, and child of these Hawaiian Islands that our future is too...
  • School Recess Gets Gentler, and the Adults Are Dismayed

    12/15/2007 10:38:08 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 32 replies · 217+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 14, 2007 | ALISON LEIGH COWAN
    Children at Oakdale School here in southeastern Connecticut returned this fall to learn that their traditional recess had gone the way of the peanut butter sandwich and the Gumby lunchbox. No longer could they let off youthful energy — pent up from hours of long division — by cavorting outside for 22 minutes of unstructured play, or perhaps a vigorous game of tag or dodgeball. Such games had been virtually banned by the principal, Mark S. Johnson, along with kickball, soccer and other “body-banging” activities, as he put it, where knees — and feelings — might get bruised. Instead, children...
  • Campaign on Childhood Mental Illness Succeeds at Being Provocative

    12/14/2007 12:08:06 AM PST · by neverdem · 104+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 14, 2007 | JOANNE KAUFMAN
    We have your son. We will make sure he will no longer be able to care for himself or interact socially as long as he lives. — Autism SO reads one of the six “ransom notes” that make up a provocative public service campaign introduced this week by the New York University Child Study Center to raise awareness of what Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, the center’s founder and director, called “the silent public health epidemic of children’s mental illness.” Produced pro bono by BBDO, an Omnicom agency that worked on two previous campaigns for the Child Study Center, the campaign...
  • How Well Do You Know Your Candidates? (Take the quiz)

    12/13/2007 12:14:21 PM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 29 replies · 106+ views
    AARP Bulletin ^ | December 2007 | AARP
    How much to you know about the lives of the presidential contenders before the election campaign? Take the quiz to gauge your expertise.
  • If Not Now (Parents Still Count Even In Head Start)

    09/27/2007 6:35:38 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 4 replies · 102+ views
    NY Times ^ | 27 September 2007 | Will Okun
    ...I argue frequently with my students about whether a child can succeed in school without parental support or involvement. Students believe in the power of the strong individual but often the playing field is too slanted, the teams too uneven. As early as preschool and Head Start, certain three-to-five-year-olds are already at a great advantage because of parental educational support while other children are beginning a lifelong struggle to keep pace. ...Children who are not learning basic skills in the home during the most important years of brain development (0-5 years) will enter kindergarten already at an educational disadvantage. Since...
  • The Evil of Dora!

    09/21/2007 11:48:33 AM PDT · by nannystate · 2 replies · 126+ views
    Nanny State Book ^ | Sept 21 | David Harsanyi
    In the New York Times, Gary Cross, a professor of history at Pennsylvania State University, pens a confusing op-ed on the dangers of, not only outsourcing toy manufacturing, but allowing "licensed toys" (Dora, Barbie, etc...) from being introduced to kids. "Young people" just haven't developed the critical judgment necessary to, gulp, deal with "consumerism." Like any good nannyist, Cross uses a scare (the recent Mattel recall, in this case) to kick things off. We quickly jump to commercials. ….In the early 1970s, child advocates like Action for Children's Television recognized that television ads for toys had a magical power over...