Most Restaurant Kids’ Meals Packed With Calories
Most kids’ meals at the USA’s top chain restaurants are still failing to make the grade when it comes to good nutrition, a new analysis finds. (via USA Today)
Genetic Variants and Wheezing Put Kids At Risk For Asthma
Almost every toddler will sniffle through a cold by the time they are three, but if they wheeze while they’re sick, they may be at higher risk of developing asthma. (via TIME)
Quality Preschool Benefits Poor and Affluent Kids, Study Finds
Quality prekindergarten programs can boost children’s school skills whether the kids come from poor or well-off homes, a new study shows. (via NBC News)
Bulletproof Backpacks for Kids: Cautious Protection or Feeding Anxiety?
A wave of parents are willing to try the extreme and controversial measure of making their children wear bulletproof materials to protect them at school in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., and other school shootings. But gun control advocates see this as a disturbing sign of how willing we have become to accept gun violence as the norm. (via ABC News)
Warren Buffett On Teaching Kids Smart Investing, With Cartoons
Kids will learn practical and valuable lessons about money management and can easily relate to the easy-going and fun, animated series. (via Forbes)
Chicago School Closings Provoke Parents’ Confusion, Anger
Nanette Fouch does not understand why her granddaughter may have to transfer from a Chicago elementary school earmarked to close partly because of poor academics to one where students scored even lower on a recent standardized test. (via Huffington Post)
Violent Video Games are a Risk Factor for Criminal Behavior and Aggression, New Evidence Shows
People are quick to point the finger or dismiss the effect of violent video games as a factor in criminal behavior. New evidence from Iowa State researchers demonstrates a link between video games and youth violence and delinquency. (via ScienceDaily)
A High School Where the Students are the Teachers
If high school students took charge of their education with limited supervision, would they learn? A Massachusetts school is finding out. (via TIME)
Study Clarifies Link Between Fertility Treatments and Neurological Problems in Kids
Children born from in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments have shown a higher risk of developmental problems, but what is responsible for the heightened risk? (via TIME)
Albany Moves to End Standoff in New York City Over Teachers Evaluations
Amid rising concerns about the promotion and consumption of energy drinks, researchers released new data Thursday suggesting energy drinks may negatively affect heart rhythm and blood pressure. (via The New York Times)
Math Skills: What Scientists Can Teach Parents about Kids’ Developing Minds
We know a lot about how babies learn to talk, and youngsters learn to read. Now scientists are unraveling the earliest building blocks of math – and what children know about numbers as they begin first grade seems to play a big role in how well they do everyday calculations later on. (via Huffington Post)
Arguments in the Home Linked with Babies’ Brain Functioning
Being exposed to arguments between parents is associated with the way babies’ brains process emotional tone of voice, according to a new study to be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (via Science Daily)
Traffic Congestion Causes Childhood Asthma, Study Confirms
For the first time, European researchers have confirmed poor air quality due to congested road traffic is linked to kids’ asthma, the Los Angeles Times reported. A study, published online in the European Respiratory Journal, found 14 percent of childhood asthma cases were attributed to nearby traffic pollution, according to the newspaper. (via Fox News)
North Dakota Governor Approves 6-Week Abortion Ban
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed legislation that would ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. (via Associated Press)
Debate on School Security Ramps Up
Hoping to head off a push to expand police presence in the nation’s 100,000 public schools, a national civil rights group plans to issue an alternative this week to beefing up school security. The plan focuses on counselors, campus safety teams, secure entrances and communication. It does not support adding more armed police. (via The Washington Post)
CDC: 105 Children Died During Flu Season in US
Health officials say the flu season is winding down, and it has killed 105 children — about the average toll. The flu season started earlier than usual and ended up being moderately severe. (via FOX News)
Babies Shouldn’t Get Solid Foods Until 6 Months Old
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found many mothers are feeding babies solid foods earlier than the recommended age of six months, according to the Cleveland Clinic. (via FOX News)
Kids Who Exercise Are Less Likely to Have Fractures in Old Age
It turns out that strengthening bone to avoid fractures starts at a very young age.
Physical activity, such as the exercise children get in school gym classes, is important for fighting obesity, but the latest research suggests it may help to keep bones strong as well. (via TIME)
Celebrity Endorsers May Impact How Much Kids Eat
Celebrities who endorse specific foods in TV commercials are a powerful influence on children, and that effect may extend beyond the advertisement itself, according to a new study from the UK.(via Reuters)
Some Schools Urge Students to Bring Their Own Technology
Educators and policy makers continue to debate whether computers are a good teaching tool. But a growing number of schools are adopting a new, even more controversial approach: asking students to bring their own smartphones, tablets, laptops and even their video game players to class. (via The New York Times)
One of parents’ top concerns involves raising children in a digital world. Dr. Michael Thompson, a best-selling author and international speaker, is one of the conference’s panelists — watch below to see what he says about controlling your child’s digital interactions:
And don’t forget: Parents and American Baby editor in chief, Dana Points, will also host a roundtable discussion and Q&A with Thompson and the other panelists after they have spoken. Tickets for the event can be purchased on 92y.org but if you are unable to attend, watch a live webcast of the conference on Parents.com.
Parents and American Baby editor-in-chief Dana Points will then host a roundtable discussion and Q&A with the panelists. On February 12, parents can also join experts for an intimate Q&A breakfast.
If you live in the New York City area, consider attending! Interested participants can find more information about the conference, register, and buy tickets on the site. Parents can also follow the 92Y Parenting livestream video on 92y.org or the webcast on Parents.com. Be sure to check out the live updates on Twitter via #92YParenting, as well.
For a sneak peek, watch Dr. Michael Thompson, a best-selling author, international speaker, and one of the conference’s panelists, talk about controlling your child’s digital interactions:
Last November, Disney introduced its first-ever little girl princess with the premiere of the TV movie, “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess.”
Following the success of the movie, Disney created a television series that follows Princess Sofia on her adventures. In the premiere episode, Sofia strives to become the first princess to join her school’s all-male flying derby team. She pursues the role with determination while learning to believe in herself and in anything she sets her mind to.
Throughout the show, she tackles such obstacles as making new friends, dealing with bullies, and trying to fit in. She presents herself as a strong role model for children, learning about important values like kindness, honesty, and loyalty. Older Disney princesses Ariel, Aurora, Belle, and Jasmine also appear in the series to offer Sofia advice.
Catch the first episode tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT on the Disney Channel and at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Junior. For a sneak preview of what to expect from the series, watch the video below:
To coincide with the series premiere, Disney has also released a Sofia the First app for iOS users. The app follows the show’s opening storyline and includes illustrations, interactive animations, and digital features that allow kids to create and record their own personal stories. Sofia the First: Story Theater is available at the iTunes store.