science
Toddlers and Chimpanzees Share a Surprising Unspoken Language

Prior to developing the capacity for speech, toddlers communicate their desires, demands, and discontent using a diverse repertoire of physical gestures. As a new study shows, there’s a significant amount of overlap between the gestures employed by human children and those made by other ape species, a finding that’s casting new light on the origin of primate communication. Read More >>

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Parents Want Their Kids to Tell Them About Homework and Tidying Up

As reported by the BBC, communications app ClassDojo has carried out research to determine the top 10 phrases parents most want to hear come out of their darling children's mouths. ClassDojo surveyed a panel of 1,000 parents to find out the things they'd most like to hear from their school-age children – and the results are mostly about being tidy, doing schoolwork, and generally being perfect little angels. Of course, practically no child in the history of the world has ever uttered any of these sentences. Read More >>

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Robot Peer Pressure Is the Newest Tech Threat to Children

New research shows that children are more likely than adults to give in to peer pressure from robots, a disturbing finding given the rapidly increasing rate at which kids are interacting with socially intelligent machines. Read More >>

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Smartphones and Tablets Might Be Hurting Kids’ Hearing, but No One Knows for Sure

Most of us know that spending too much time at loud rock concerts can be bad for our hearing later on. But a new study published Thursday in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery suggests that kids as young as nine can be at risk of hearing loss from an unexpected source: their smartphones and tablets. Read More >>

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Parents Start Gender Pay Gap Early By Paying Boys More For Doing Little Jobs

Little girls are being told their efforts are worth less than those of boys before they've even entered the workplace and been told what to wear by a man, as gender pay disparity appears to begin at home; where little boys are routinely paid more than little girls by parents for doing household chores and behaving themselves. Read More >>

health
Doctors Demand Kebab Exclusion Zones Around Schools

The Royal College of Paediatrics has gone a bit Jamie Oliver, and is demanding that MPs consider launching a ban on junk food shops opening within 400 metres of schools so the kids don't end up fat, greasy, and living in fear of limp salad and lurking infestations out back. Read More >>

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Researchers Conclude Google’s Play Store Is Likely Chock Full of Apps That Improperly Track Children

Thousands of apps may be tracking the online activity of children in ways that violate US privacy laws, according to a recent survey of Android apps available on the Google Play store. Read More >>

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A Quarter of Toddlers Have a Better Phone Than You

Old people: prepare to shake your heads so much so that you do your neck in for a week, as new research into the popularity of phones among children has been released; revealing that around 25 per cent of children under the age of six have their own smartphone. Read More >>

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BBC Tackles Underrepresentation of Women in Pretend CG Land

The BBC's in-home babysitting service known as CBeebies is about to be hit by a new wave of female-led cartoons, with the broadcaster admitting that much of its animated output has previously been skewed towards Male Character Fixing Infrastructure type scenarios. Read More >>

health
Old People and Their Stupid Cures are Endangering the Kids

Grandparents and their weird old mythical cures and old wives tales remedies are putting the health of their grandchildren at risk, as their ancient wisdom and vast catalogue of non-medical cures for ills are bordering on the dangerous. They're nearly as bad as homeopathic options. Read More >>

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Kids Who Use Touchscreen Devices Sleep Less at Night

Touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets are now fixtures of many households, so it comes as little surprise to learn that young children who don’t work or go to school are among their most active users. In the first study of its kind, researchers have learned that infants and toddlers who spend more time on these devices sleep less at night. It’s a troubling finding, but the reasons for these sleep disruptions are still unclear. Read More >>

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Crayola Deletes Dandelion Yellow from History

It's #NationalCrayonDay apparently, and king of the wax stick Crayola has used it to announce the death of an entire colour. Read More >>

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All Nice Food Must Taste Worse and be Smaller

Public Health England has published a list of demands aimed at the food industry, in which it asks food manufacturers to cut the sugar content of nice things -- particularly those aimed at children -- with the aim of reducing overall sugar levels in key foods by 20 per cent by the year 2020. Read More >>

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 >>