health
Kids are Fat and on the Scrapheap by the Age of Seven

The children start showing the telltale signs of the decay and dissatisfaction of modern life as early as the age of seven nowadays, as their diets, screen time and lack of exercise see their bodies start to hit the buffers before they're old enough to ride the scariest of fairground rides. Read More >>

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How the Rhymes of Dr. Seuss Taught Us Language

Kaptain Kristian’s latest explainer video is a fun one: he explains how the anapestic tetrameter rhyming style of Dr. Seuss helped us better understand language as kids, all while rhyming in the video himself. It’s stupidly catchy (obviously, because it’s done in the style of Dr. Seuss) and so easy to listen to, which is the point because that catchiness and fun is basically a trick Dr. Seuss books used to make us all want to read on our own. Read More >>

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We Were Wrong About Limiting Children’s Screen Time

How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time. Read More >>

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Toyota Has Made an Annoying Robot Baby to Replace Actual Babies

Japan’s birth rate has been on the decline for some time now, so engineers at Toyota have come up with an ingenious solution to help people apparently feel the companionship of kids: an annoying robot. Read More >>

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Teens Know the Internet is Dark and Full of Terrors, Just Not For Them

There’s a common refrain among people of a certain age: “Wow, I’m really glad I wasn’t a teenager in the age of smartphones and Snapchat.” They’re not wrong. After polling over 10,000 18-year-olds from 25 different countries, a new UNICEF study confirms that being a teen online these days is fraught with risk, danger, and the potential for abuse. Read More >>

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This Adorable Robot Can Help Children to Program

Getting kids to code is a great idea—but it’s not always easy. Now a team of researchers from Harvard has developed this little robot, called Root, that’s designed to make writing code a more tangible experience. Read More >>

health
How Should We Get Children to Turn Off Their Fun Machines?

We are, as a nation, finding it difficult to say "no" to children when it comes to them staring at screens, with a survey finding that a substantial proportion of mums and dads are having a nightmare of controlling the amount of time their kids spend basking in the comforting blue light of technology. Read More >>

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How to Set Up Accounts For Your Kids on Any Computer

Kids are great, aren’t they? But you don’t necessarily want them using all of the apps, viewing all of the websites, and tweaking all of the system settings that a grown-up has access to. Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS each have tools for creating child-friendly accounts — here’s how to set them up. Read More >>

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Some Poor Kids Think all of YouTube is True

Research into the lives of children -- those small people often seen propped up in front of screens in homes while eating pasta with their hands and feet -- has found that they're surprisingly unaware of the differences between adverts and editorial content, with some unrefined youngsters thinking that everything put on the internet is true. Read More >>

health
Tablets Won’t Fry Your Baby’s Brain if You Follow These Rules

The “NO SCREENS UNTIL 2” guideline issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics raised eyebrows internationally in 2011. Now, the AAP says its position has “evolved,” and released a more nuanced set of guidelines when it comes to babies and screen-based media. Read More >>

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The Case for Unlimited Tablet Time for Toddlers

This sounds extreme, but first let me ask: how many parents do you think actually keep track of their kids’ screen time? If the TV is on but one of the children wanders out of the room, does that count? What if they’re following along to a yoga video? What if the kid borrows Mum’s phone at dinner to ask Google what snails eat? Read More >>

computers
BBC micro:bit Consortium is Ready to Make 11-Year-Olds Smarter Than You

The BBC is getting back into computing with the BBC micro:bit, a device it hopes might turn out to be a bit like the BBC Micro -- a machine that got the mid-80s generation into typing in code and endlessly printing their names on a screen for fun. Read More >>

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Save School Kids from the Devil’s Erasers and Rubbers, Pleads Professor

My Lord. My F%$#*ing Lord. Just when you thought that the Westboro Baptist Church was the event horizon for crazy, a guy called Guy Claxon (and yes, that is his name) emerges. This university professor was recently tagged in an article printed in The Evening Standard saying that erasers were instruments of the devil and should be removed from school classrooms. Read More >>

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Turn Your Kid Into Jaws With a Shark Fin Swimming Float

How do you teach your child how to swim if the idea of jumping in a pool prompts a temper tantrum? Easy: convince them they're one of the ocean's most dominant predators by strapping a safety aid to their back. Read More >>

health
Ireland Tipped to Top Europe’s Obesity Scales by 2030

A World Health Organization report on the dwindling health and expanding waistlines of the EU population has singled out Ireland as one of the worst offenders, suggesting that a staggering 89 per cent of all Irish men may be overweight or obese by the year 2030 if they don't stop with the crisps and biscuits. Read More >>