Are Cell-Phone-Distracted Parents Really Endangering Kids at the Playground?

From New York Magazine:

These days, lots of people are wondering whether a certain type of over-scheduling, over-supervising type of parenting might be doing more harm than good — Jennifer Senior recently recently decried the “age of irrational parenting,” and there have been regrettable high-profile incidents of parents having the cops called on them for letting their kids take short walks or play on playgrounds alone. On the other side, of course, are parents who insist all they’re trying to do is keep their kids safe. New research about parents being distracted by their cell phones is only going to throw more fuel on the fire.




How Much Should Children Read?

In honor of World Book Day, the International Publishers Association has created an infographic on how reading positively affects children.

Started by UNESCO in 1995, World Book Day is “a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.”

Want to participate in World Book Day? Follow the #WorldBookDay hashtag on social media to find out how publishers, libraries and book-lovers are celebrating books and reading.

New Book Series Wants to Teach Your 3-Year-Old to Code

From the GeekWire post:

Can a 3-year-old code?

That’s the intent of a former Microsoftie and children’s author Ayesha Hameed, who used to be a software developer for the tech giant based in Hyderabad, India. She’s created a new e-book series called Coding Palz.

Seeing a lack of books about coding for younger kids, she thought why not start them a little earlier? Coding Palz is for kids ages 3-8.

Photo via Amazon
Photo via Amazon

So far, the first four books are already on Amazon, but the entire series will have 20 books. Hameed has set up an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the rest of the series.

Bringing Up Baby — on the iPhone

From the NY Times post:

BabyFirstTV, which is aimed at children as young as 6 months, is expanding its programming. Toys that incorporate iPhones appear on the rise, along with apps geared at the diaper set. And moms and dads are freely handing their iPads over to their toddlers in order to finish that cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Yet, the American Academy of Pediatrics stands firm in its belief that screen time for children under 2 years of age should be avoided. Are parents relying too much on technology to occupy their infants’ attention?

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YouTube Video App Accused of Pushing Ads to Kids

A coalition of consumer and children advocacy groups plans to urge federal regulators to investigate a YouTube video app aimed at children that the groups say disregards long-established safeguards limiting advertising to young audiences. The YouTube Kids app, which was released in February, blends video programming and ads in ways that deceive children and parents, according to the groups.

Check out this Reuters post for more.