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When the snakes attack, it might be a night terror
Night terrors, which are less common and more severe than nightmares, can be stressful for parents who don’t know how to react to their child’s sudden nighttime fits of panic. During night terrors children begin screaming with their eyes open, sweating or pacing around the room while they are still asleep. Experts say parents should not talk to the child during the night terror because attempts to comfort, hug or wake them could prolong it. (MSNBC)

Health Tip: Remind Children and Teens of Pedestrian Safety
Parents should remind their children about pedestrian safety. Some reminders from Safe Kids USA include walking in the direction against traffic, wearing something reflective when sunlight is dim and walking across an intersection, instead of running. (Yahoo)

Fast-Tracking to Kindergarten?
With increasing competition in education, there has been a rapid expansion of preschool enrichment tutoring programs, such as Junior Kumon, which drill numbers and letters into the heads of 2 – 5-year-olds. Although research suggests this type of tutoring shows little benefit, parents are spending $200 to $300 a month for their children to be tutored for up to an hour twice a week. (New York Times)

Speaking Up in Class, Silently, Using Social Media
High school teachers are beginning to use social media sites, such as Twitter, to enhance classroom discussion. Teachers have found this to be helpful in enticing students who are usually timid to raise their hands to begin expressing themselves through a familiar medium where they are able to type their opinions rather than voicing them out loud. (New York Times)

Lead paint linked to lower test scores
A Duke University study found that students who ingested a small amount of lead had lower test scores than students who were never exposed to the substance. The finding shows that even extremely low levels of lead can negatively influence children’s development. (Boston.com)

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