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Faves of 2012: Google’s New Chromebook

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

A laptop for $249? It does exist–and not just on Black Friday! Google’s new Chromebook, in a partnership with Samsung, is thin, light, and has an aesthetic design similar to the pricey Apple laptops. So what’s the catch? It doesn’t run off of Windows or the Apple OS. Instead, it runs off of a system designed by Google, which allows for Chrome web apps. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a first computer for your kid or even a second family computer for Web-surfing or to take with you on the go. Click here for more information on the Samsung Chromebook.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Study Tentatively Links Flu in Pregnancy and Autism
Kids whose mothers had the flu while pregnant were slightly more likely to be diagnosed with “infantile autism” before age three in a new study. But the children’s overall risk for the developmental disorder was not higher than that of other kids. (via Reuters)

Next-Day Discharge After C-Section May Be Okay: Study
Some women who deliver their babies by cesarean section may be able to check out of the hospital the next day without raising their risk of problems, according to a new study. (via Reuters)

Children’s Headaches Rarely Linked to Vision Problems
If your child gets recurring headaches and you think they might need glasses, you may be mistaken – a new study says children’s headaches are rarely triggered by vision problems. (via CNN)

Early Stress May Sensitize Girls’ Brains for Later Anxiety
High levels of family stress in infancy are linked to differences in everyday brain function and anxiety in teenage girls, according to new results of a long-running population study. (via ScienceDaily)

Cell Phone Use In Schools A Possibility With ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ Initiative
As schools try to add more technology during a time when they are receiving less funding, many will begin to consider allowing students to use devices they already own. That will include cellphones and electronic tablets like iPads. (via Huffington Post)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Five Year Olds Are Generous Only When They’re Watched
Children as young as five are generous when others are aware of their actions, but antisocial when sharing with a recipient who can’t see them, according to new research. (via ScienceDaily)

Dentists Offering Cash for Halloween Candy to Benefit Troops
While many children are chowing down on their Halloween candy, dentists are hoping to provide kids with some incentives for trading in their sugary treats—all in a way to help the troops. (via Fox News)

Is Childhood ADHD a Gateway to Smoking in Adulthood?
Children diagnosed with ADHD are twice as likely to pick up smoking than youngsters without the disorder. (via Time)

Breast Milk During The Storm: With Power Gone, Moms Safeguard their Stash
With power out in much of New Jersey and swaths of New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, breast-feeding moms have been frantically making arrangements, scouting out freezers and using Facebook to link up those with thawing breast milk with those who have electricity and freezer space to spare. (via Time)

Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say
There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two new surveys of teachers. (via New York Times)

Many Women Stop Their Asthma Meds While Pregnant
Almost a third of women on asthma control medications stop using them during the first few months of pregnancy, despite advice that a mother’s uncontrolled asthma is more dangerous to the developing fetus than the drugs. (via Reuters)

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What to Know About Windows 8

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8, has gone live. If you’re expecting just another aesthetic design upgrade, think again. This new OS is a total desktop refresh: Forget about the old start menu and program icons! Windows 8 features a screen of tiles similar to what you see now on Windows’ phones. The tiles act as short cuts to the Internet, your calendar, apps, e-mails, social media, and more. You can customize them to sync with whatever you choose. Overall, the system looks really different than what we’re used to, but it’s easy to get the hang of and includes benefits like faster start-up times, better battery life, a better task manager, and improved system security (including great parental controls). If you bought (or will buy) a Windows 7 PC between June 2 and January 31, the upgrade will only cost you $15. For everyone else, you can get the $70 upgrade for $40 if you buy online before January 31. Click here for more details.

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The Kindle Fire Gets More Kid-Friendly

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Worried what your kid might try to download on your Kindle tablet? Amazon can help! The online store is coming out with Kindle FreeTime, which will help make your device more kid-friendly. The free service allows parents to build a profile for their kids directly on the Kindle Fire HD tablet. You can specify what books, apps, movies, and music you want your kid to have access to.  Then, when you switch into FreeTime mode, the actual display shifts to more kid-friendly fonts and text sizes. Plus, you can limit screen time on certain things–for example, you can give kids two hours for games or video but leave reading unlocked all day. A bigger bonus? Kids who can’t read or struggle with it can navigate the tablet based on visual characters or topics. Find out more information here on Amazon.com!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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Midlife Fitness Delays Chronic Disease
A study in this week’s Archive of Internal Medicine finds that being fit in the middle of your life not only delays the onset of chronic diseases later in life, but also shortens the duration of disease. (via CNN)

Is Technology Harming Your Child’s Eyes?
While technology is revolutionizing the classroom, health experts warn computers, smartboards and tablets could lead to eye strain and fatigue. (via Fox News)

Only Children More Likely to Be Overweight
Kids with no siblings may be at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study from Europe suggests. In the study, children between ages 2 to 9 with no siblings were about 50 percent more likely to be overweight than children who had siblings. (via NBC)

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Block on Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a decision 2-1 barring the federal government from requiring tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages to show that smoking can disfigure and even kill people. (via Time)

How Making Brain Tumors Grow Saves Lives
A neurosurgeon at Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center has developed a method to make cancerous tumors grow, which helps to identify tumors more easily and facilitate a more thorough removal. (via ABC)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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Using Brain Activity Patterns to Identify Autism in Kids as Young as 2
In a large new study, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital used EEG to identify specific patterns of brain activity that can distinguish children with autism. (via TIME)

‘Big Brother’? No, It’s Parents
An array of surveillance software now exists to let parents keep tabs on their children’s activities online, raising questions about appropriate parenting. (via NY Times)

Parents—Not TV—May Determine Whether Kids Are Active or Couch Potatoes
Researchers at Oregon State University have examined how parenting style—whether a strict but loving parent or a less-involved and more permissive parent—was associated with sedentary behavior, and have confirmed that children are becoming increasingly sedentary. (via Science Daily)

Swallowed Magnets Growing Problem for Kids, Docs Warn
In a new study, researchers at a U.K. hospital report two cases of children who required surgery after ingesting multiple magnets, and experts say parents should be aware of the risks. (via Fox News)

Midwife Mania—More U.S. Babies Than Ever Are Delivered by Midwives
A recent report showed that a greater proportion of women are choosing to rely on midwives in what experts think is a direct reaction to rising rates of C-section births. (via TIME)

Court Bars Mandatory Life Without Parole for Kids
he Supreme Court on Monday threw out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles. The ruling continued its trend of holding that children cannot be automatically punished the same way as criminal adults without considering their age and other factors. (via AP)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Ovarian Tumors May Develop Years After Fertility Therapy
Women who undergo ovarian stimulation to produce extra eggs for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are at increased risk for a type of growth known as “borderline ovarian tumors,” new research suggests.

Parents Arrested After Giving Away Toddler
A Cleveland couple faces child endangerment charges after giving away their neglected 2-year-old girl, authorities said.

In High Schools, a Critical Lens on Food
A new series of courses at 15 New York City high schools is aiming to make students aware of the politics, marketing and demographics of the food industry.

U.K. Scientists Grow Super Broccoli
British scientists unveiled a new breed of broccoli that was specially grown to contain two to three times the normal amount of glucoraphanin, a nutrient believed to help ward off heart disease.

52 Percent of Kids Under Age 8 Have Access to Mobile Media
52 percent of all children 8 and younger have access to mobile devices at home like a smartphone, video iPod, iPad or other tablet, according to Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that studies children’s use of technology.

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