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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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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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
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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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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
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
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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)
Friday, October 28th, 2011
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
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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.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Baby, Mother Pulled Alive from Rubble in Turkey
A small baby was rescued alive from the rubble Tuesday in eastern Turkey, two days after a devastating earthquake toppled buildings in the region.
CDC Committee Recommends Boys Receive HPV Vaccine
A federal government advisory committee voted Tuesday to recommend that boys as young as 11 be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, commonly referred to as HPV.
Toddler Watches Military Dad Read Prerecorded Bedtime Story
A video of a 2-year-old girl watching her military dad read a book to her in a recording has gone viral. The little girl looks captivated by her father reading, and she follows along.
Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Alternatives for Parents
As kids eagerly count down to trick-or-treat, some parents worry about Halloween. Safety and health issues , stranger danger, religious objections, too-scary decorations, older kids trick-or-treating, costume concerns: here are child-friendly Halloween and trick-or-treat alternatives.
4 Tech Tips for Parents to Embrace Digital Education
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Learning the ins and outs of the latest technology is a lot like learning to swim or ride a bike: The younger you are, the more naturally it comes.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
We found one more way to help you get ready for another school year. Starting with the September Back-to-School issue, print subscribers can receive free iPad editions of Parents magazine. Head to the App Store for tablet extras like Playroom, where you can discover the latest and greatest books, toys, music, and more.
After you download the app, tap the red button under “Current Subscribers.” Then log in with your mailing address or account number (the 10-digit number printed on the mailing label above your name). You will be asked to enter your name and email–preferably the same account you use to register on Parents.com.
If you downloaded the app before Aug. 5, update it and follow all prompts. You won’t be able to subscribe via the old version of the app.
Not currently a print subscriber? No worries. You can get an annual digital-only subscription for $9.99! Customer service can be reached at 1-800-727-3682.
UPDATE: Some iPad users have reported that they can view only the first page of each story. If you’re experiencing this problem, it may be because you’re stuck in horizontal mode. Change to portrait mode, close out of the app, and re-open it. That should resolve the issue. Thanks for your patience while we work on a permanent solution.
For more on apps, check out these slideshows:
The Best iPad Apps for Moms
The Best iPhone Apps for Moms-to-Be
The Best iPhone Apps for Babies and Toddlers
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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Children in Long-Term Foster Care Suffer High Rates of Behavioral, Emotional Problems
Children who live in long-term foster care experience higher rates of behavioral and emotional problems compared with their peers who are reunited with their families or adopted, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. (News Wise)
Four parents of autistic children sue Philadelphia School District
Four parents have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of their autistic children, alleging that the Philadelphia School District is illegally moving the children from school to school based solely on their disability. (Philly.com)
Few Parents Enforce Shower-Before-Pool Rules that Prevent Illness from Water Parks
Many parents do not understand risk of water infections from pools and water parks or recognize the role showering plays in preventing infections. (Bing News)
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Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Is your kid always on the phone, playing on the Wii, downloading music, or editing videos? Before you start unplugging your kids, read the new study from Ogilvy & Mather and Communispace. Their new study, “Tech Fast Forward: Plug in to see the brighter side of life,” examines the advantages of “Tech Fast Forward” Families. TFF Families tend to use more sophisticated technology than the average person (with children ages 3 to 12) and are seen as “in the know” and on the cutting edge of technology.
The research found that TFF Families had a more positive mindset and expressed less anxiety about the future. TFF parents are also more likely than parents in the general market to say their kids are on the right path. They believe their children are developing critical skills that will empower them to navigate— and even save—the world! Plus, for all their optimism and embracement of technology, TFF parents are the most protective of their kids, since they know the dangers of the tech world.
Interestingly, most of these TFF families are Asian, educated, influential, and affluent members of society. But don’t think they aren’t interacting with the real world; they’re also the most social in and outside the technological realm. Aside from using technology to communicate with others and make daily activities easier, technology is being used to make strides in the medical field, cure diseases, and create shortcuts for extensive procedures.
Not all parents are happy with the increase in technology. Amy, a 34-year-old mother of two kids, told researchers, “I really dislike that every minivan now seems to come standard with TVs in the back. Being in the car is a great time to talk with your kids. It’s one of the few times you have their undivided attention! So now I sound like an old crabby person, when in reality my girls are exposed to all sorts of media. …. I just want to make sure that they don’t grow up thinking that the interactions they have online or with the TV can take the place of the ones you have with real humans.” Still, though parents complain about the dissolution of real communication with texting, IMing, and lack of face-to-face contact, the study found that busy families are actually more in tune with each other when using technology.
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