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A guide to protecting your child on the internet

A guide to protecting your child on the internet

Instead of television channels, many kids today stream their video content on YouTube or Netflix. Being able to select the specific episode and show you want gives parents and children more flexibility. But there’s a dark side to this convenience – the proximity of explicit content.

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Google Rivet helps kids learn to read using speech recognition and AI

Google Rivet helps kids learn to read using speech recognition and AI

There still an ongoing debate on the positive and negative effects mobile devices and apps have on kids today but the cat is already out of the bag. Phones and tablets and apps are here to stay and some would rather turn those into learning tools than burn them at the stake. Unsurprisingly, Google is one such proponent of crafting tools to educate rather than hinder and its skunkworks arm Area 120 has developed Rivet exactly for that purpose.

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Autism can be reliably detected at ages as young as 14 months

Autism can be reliably detected at ages as young as 14 months

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) screenings can begin as young as 14 months old, according to a new study, while retaining high accuracy. This is a few months earlier than the minimum 18-month-old age recommendation for ASD screenings, which happen at regular doctor visits. The findings were detailed in a study recently published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal.

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Omega-3 may improve asthma in kids, but omega-6 could make it worse

Omega-3 may improve asthma in kids, but omega-6 could make it worse

Two commonly known fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, may have opposite effects on asthma in children, according to a new study. Though a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids was associated with reduced symptoms and lowered asthma severity when asthmatic kids were exposed to indoor air pollution, kids with diets higher in omega-6 had more severe responses to the same problematic environments.

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It’s no secret that ‘chickenpox parties’ are a terrible idea

It’s no secret that ‘chickenpox parties’ are a terrible idea

Earlier this week, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin set off a firestorm of criticism after revealing that he had deliberately exposed his nine children to chickenpox as an alternative to getting them vaccinated. Bevin is currently the face of what remains a popular, troubling activity among certain groups: 'chickenpox parties' aimed at infecting healthy children on purpose.

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YouTube videos featuring minors will have comments disabled

YouTube videos featuring minors will have comments disabled

YouTube is once again on the hot seat after no small amount of advertisers pulling out over problems related to minors. Given the PR and monetary consequences of such lapses, the video hosting giant has had no choice but to take drastic action, some of which will probably inconvenience some YouTube creators. Of course, many will argue that such "fixes" wouldn't have been necessary had YouTube been doing its job properly in the first place.

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YouTube videos aimed at kids discovered to include self-harm tips

YouTube videos aimed at kids discovered to include self-harm tips

YouTube just can't get a break, which is probably nothing new for it. As the world's biggest Internet video service, YouTube carries a heavy burden in protecting its users, especially the wee ones. Sometimes it gets things right, like when it announced less harsh strikes on first-time offenders. Sometimes it gets things wrong, like when advertisers pull out over child abuse concerns. And sometimes it gets things terribly wrong, like when it lets in kids' videos that apparently have been altered to include instructions on how to harm themselves with deadly results.

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Retro Speak & Spell toy with updated voice will launch later this year

Retro Speak & Spell toy with updated voice will launch later this year

The popular kids gadget Speak & Spell commonly found in households through the 1980s is being revived by company Basic Fun!, according to a new report. The revived model brings the same iconic look as the original, including the bulky shape and physical keyboard. Though the iconic robotic voice remains, it has been tweaked to improve its pronunciation, meaning it won't sound quite how you remember it.

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Timeless app by 14-year-old helps Alzheimer’s patients identify faces

Timeless app by 14-year-old helps Alzheimer’s patients identify faces

There has been some noise raised around facial recognition lately, especially those in use by corporations and authorities. But while misuse of such technology is valid cause for concern, there are some younger, more optimistic minds that are thinking outside the box to use facial recognition for good. One such mind is 14-year-old Emma Yang whose Timeless app is making waves because of it aims to use the same technology applied to identify criminals and suspects for identifying family and friends for those stricken by Alzheimer’s disease.

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Excessive screen time may lead to delayed preschool learning

Excessive screen time may lead to delayed preschool learning

As we more and more become people of screens and digital media, questions surrounding both the benefits and dangers of screen time also grow in number and variety. Concerns are even greater when children, who have less self-control than their older counterparts, are involved. Parents may now have even great reason to fret over their kids’ use of mobile devices and viewing habits after research shows how too much screen time could cause a delay in learning when the child enters preschool.

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LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure packs revealed

LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure packs revealed

Today we're taking a peek at the first wave of Minifigure blind packs from the movie which is forthcoming. This is a release similar to that of the blind bag collection released with the first movie, with both main, major characters and minor, obscure characters in the mix. This might well be the only place you're able to find some of these oddities - and they're all wild, of that you can be sure.

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343 Industries and non-profit launch Halo-themed prosthetic for kids

343 Industries and non-profit launch Halo-themed prosthetic for kids

343 Industries has teamed with Limbitless Solutions to offer a new Halo-themed prosthetic created using 3D printing technology. The prosthetic is targeted at children, offering them a "cost-effective" artificial limb with an empowering, fun design. The non-profit organization, which also offers other stylish and fun prosthetic designs, donates its prostheses to the recipients for free.

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