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New Movie Release: Check Out a Behind-The-Scenes Clip from Free Birds

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Did your family catch Free Birds when it was in theaters this past holiday season? The animated film tells the story of two turkeys traveling back in time to make some alterations to the original Thanksgiving menu (perfect for vegetarians!) Stars Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler all lend their voices to the zany comedy.

Now, the movie is coming to Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, February 4. Aspiring film buffs will get a kick out of the bonus features, which offer an in-depth look at the production process, including the animation and composing the score.

Get a peek behind the scenes with some of the filmmakers in this exclusive clip:

"Free Birds": Behind the Scenes

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Many Kids Now Engage in Media ‘Multi-Tasking’
Apparently, today’s youngsters love their media — a lot. So finds a new British study, which reveals that media “multi-tasking” is all the rage among some 10- and 11-year-olds who simultaneously surf TV, laptops, cell phones and other devices.

Kids Still See Unhealthy-Food Ads on TV, Study Finds
American children see fewer food and drink ads on television today, but most of the ads they view are for unhealthy products, a new study says.

Unschoolers Learn What They Want, When They Want
The unschooling philosophy is based on education pioneer John Holt’s 1964 book “How Children Fail.” Put simply, Holt wrote that living is learning. He believed children should follow their innate curiosity and passions rather than being forced to learn hordes of information they will never use.

After the Mammogram Storm, What Should Women Do?
While breast care experts acknowledge that mammography is imprecise and can lead to false positives, undue anxiety and overtreatment, they say it is the best tool they have for detecting breast cancer and that the benefits far outweigh any potential harms.

Hero 9-Year-Old Rescues Drowning Toddler
A 9-year-old San Jose, Calif., boy is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a drowning toddler from the bottom of a swimming pool.

Oregon Mom Loses Fight to Keep Sons Away from Stepmom Who Shot and Killed Her Own Children
An Oregon mother who fought to keep her teenage boys away from a stepmom who was convicted of shooting and killing her own daughters 20 years ago, lost her custody fight this week.

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Report: The New Digital Media Habits of Young Children

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

How do young kids consume digital media in the age of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites? 

A study conducted by the Sesame Workshop and other scholars, foundations, and market researchers resulted in an enlightening new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center titled, “Always Connected: The New Digital Media Habits of Young Children.”  The report distilled data from seven other studies between 2006-2010 that focused on preschool and elementary school kids (ages 0-11) .  The seven studies tracked how children absorbed digital, mobile, and online media in the form of television, smart phones, and online games. 

An overview of the report’s findings reveal:

  • Children now have more access to digital media, so they spend more time during the day consuming it.
  • Television is still the number one way children consume media.
  • Children expand their media consumption beyond television around age 8.
  • Mobile media continues to be a rising trend in the way children consume media, such as handheld video games, portable music players, and cell phones.
  • Due to family economic situations, some children still don’t have access to the latest technology.

During the 1990s, children around 2 years old watched over 3 hours of television and children between 8-18 were exposed to media for over 7.5 hours a day.  Now, over ten years later, children under 1 watch 49 minutes of television while children 2-3 years old spend 1 hour and 51 minutes and children between 8-18 are now exposed to media for over 10 hours a day.  In addition to the cable television,  music players, VCRs, home computers, portable handheld video games, internet, and cell phones from available during the 1990s, other ways children now consume media are through DVDs, DVRs, MP3 players, electronic interactive toys, smart phones, and tablet computers. 

According to the study, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 2 should not watch television and older children should only watch a maximum of 2 hours a day.  New guidelines about the best practices for how your kids consume technology will also be released this year by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

To read the full report, visit the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.

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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

One in five children meets criteria for a mental disorder across their lifetime, national U.S. study shows: Mental disorders in children are often difficult to identify due to the myriad of changes that occur during the normal course of maturation. For the first time, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have reported on the prevalence data on a broad range of mental disorders in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adolescents, which show that approximately one in five children in the U.S. meet the criteria for a mental disorder severe enough to disrupt their daily lives. [Science Daily]

AAP updates guidance to help families make positive media choices: Today, with the ubiquitous nature of media in multiple formats, the definition of media use has been expanded, and kids are now spending more than 7 hours per day on average using televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices for entertainment. The increasing availability of media, including access to inappropriate content that is not easily supervised, creates an urgent need for parents, pediatricians and educators to understand the various ways that media use affects children and teens. [Medical News Today]

Children’s health insurance coverage varies widely according to U of M researchers: Children’s health insurance coverage still varies significantly at both the state and national levels, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH). In particular, researchers found gaps in coverage that vary across states by age, race/ethnicity and income. [Medical News Today]

Safe Kids USA launches new national initiative to reduce sports injuries in kids: Safe Kids USA has announced the launch of a new educational effort aimed at helping parents, coaches and athletes reduce the more than 3.5 million injuries that occur in youth sports every year in the United States.[i] The nationwide initiative is the latest focus area for Safe Kids USA and its 600 coalitions, which also works to prevent unintentional childhood injury in other areas including drowning, car accidents and poison prevention. [Medical News Today]

India home to 42% of world’s underweight children: “India is home to 42 percent of the world’s underweight children and 31 percent of its stunted children”, according to “2010 Global Hunger Index” report. [Medical News Today]

Nurses critical in assuring health needs of LGBTIQ youth: Five American teenagers, all bullied because they were gay, have committed suicide over the past few weeks. The deaths have caused a media storm and raised a critical question: Did the social or healthcare system fail these adolescents? “Absolutely,” says Concordia University Professor Deborah Dysart-Gale. “Bullying and such resulting suicides are avoidable. Healthcare workers have tools that can help queer teens – no one needs to die because of their sexual orientation.” [Medical News Today]

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

News Image NEWAid groups worry that adoptions of Haitian children may be too hasty. CNN

When strokes strike kids: A dad’s diary. New York Times

Confused by concussions? You’re not alone. HealthDay

Should you or shouldn’t you? Both the CDC and AAP weigh new evidence pointing to the benefits of circumcision as they consider new recommendations. The Washington Post

How plugged in are your children? Kids are consuming almost 8 hours of media a day, finds a new study. Los Angeles Times

Michelle Obama takes on the fight against fat with a new childhood obesity initiative to launch next month. USA Today

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