Parents Daily News Roundup

How Parents Are Explaining The Boston Tragedy To Children 
Carole Tedesco, an attorney from Winchester, Mass., was sitting in the Prudential Skywalk watching the Boston Marathon with her children when she heard the blasts, just seconds apart. Her kids, Luca, 9, and Isabella, 8, thought it was thunder. Carole knew it wasn’t. She thought the building might have been hit. The building’s loudspeaker announced that there would be a “shelter in place” due to “criminal activity in the neighborhood.” The term “shelter in place,” a common school drill refrain, triggered Luca’s fear. (via Huffington Post)

Colic in Babies Linked with Later Migraines
Some babies who cry incessantly may be experiencing an early form of a migraine headache, a new study from France suggests. In the study, children ages 6 to 18 who visited an emergency room for migraine headaches were about six times more likely to have experienced colic — or frequent, unexplained crying — as an infant compared with children who visited the emergency room for other reasons. (via Fox News)

Light Drinking During Pregnancy May Not Harm Children
Whether or not it is safe to drink during pregnancy is a highly debated issue – with some research showing that drinking during pregnancy can cause physical or mental birth defects. But a new study, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynacology, shows that light drinking during pregnancy does not cause any adverse behavioral or cognitive outcomes in children, Science World Report said. (via Fox News)

Arkansas Sued Over Ban on Abortion After 12 Weeks Pregnancy
Groups supporting the right to abortion filed suit on Tuesday challenging an Arkansas law that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks, seeking to block one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion measures before it takes effect in July. (via Reuters)

Teachers in Florida Sue State Claiming Job Evaluation System is Unfair
Teachers in Florida filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday, claiming the state’s new teacher evaluation system is unfair because it partly rates their job performance on test scores of students they don’t know and subjects they don’t teach. (via The Washington Post)

Schools Demanding News Literacy Lessons to Teach Students How To Find Fact Amid Fiction
When Ife Adelona saw a picture of singer Selena Gomez as an adult magazine covergirl circulating on Twitter, the 17-year-old knew what she had to do. “I immediately went for a second source to make sure it wasn’t true,” Ife said. A quick web search confirmed the Montgomery Blair High School student’s instincts: The photo was a fake. (via The Washington Post)


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