This Education Startup is Teaching Kids How to Spot Fake News

From the Business Insider post:

Jennifer Coogan puts it bluntly: If adults can’t be trusted to spot fake news, how can we expect kids to know when they’re getting duped? Coogan, editor-in-chief of education startup Newsela, believes children need a middle man to show them the way.

Newsela’s primary focus is helping kids boost their literacy skills through online news articles, but in the months since the presidential election the company has taken on a more civic-minded role. Across its user base of more than one million American teachers — which represent roughly 75% of American K-12 schools — it wants to mold students into responsible consumers of news.

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New Research Suggests Parents Spend as Much Time in Front of Screens as Their Kids

A 2015 study indicated that teens averaged about nine hours in front of a screen for entertainment. In a new survey of 1,800 parents with children between the ages of 8 and 18, the adults spent an average of nine hours in front of screens for purposes other than work. The results, published by Common Sense Media, defined “screens” as TVs, computers, video game consoles, e-readers, smartphones and other devices.

Internet Acronyms Every Parent Should Know

After you read this list, you’ll likely start looking at your kids’ texts in a whole new way.

1. IWSN – I want sex now

2. GNOC – Get naked on camera

3. NIFOC – Naked in front of computer

4. PIR – Parent in room

5 CU46 – See you for sex

6. 53X – Sex

7. 9 – Parent watching

8. 99 – Parent gone

9. 1174′ – Party meeting place

10. THOT – That hoe over there

11. CID – Acid (the drug)

12. Broken – Hungover from alcohol

13. 420 – Marijuana

14. POS – Parent over shoulder

15. SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo

16. KOTL – Kiss on the lips

17. (L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life

18. PRON – Porn

19. TDTM – Talk dirty to me

20. 8 – Oral sex

21. CD9 – Parents around/Code 9

22. IPN – I’m posting naked

23. LH6 – Let’s have sex

24. WTTP – Want to trade pictures?

25. DOC – Drug of choice

26. TWD – Texting while driving

27. GYPO – Get your pants off

28. KPC- Keeping parents clueless


Ways for Parents to Encourage Kids to Read

From the Lifehack post:

1. Develop children’s oral language

2. Read several stories every day

3. Surround your children with reading material

4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities

5. Use technology to increase self-esteem

6. Let them use e-readers

7. Let them choose what they read

8. Help them choose age-appropriate books

9. Make use of gadgets and creative apps

10. Show interest in your child’s reading



8-Year-Old Makes $1.3 Million a Year by Posting YouTube Videos

Saw this on Business Insider today:

What were you up to when you were 8 years old? Probably something less impressive than Evan.

Evan is the kid behind EvanTubeHD, which is a family-friendly YouTube channel where Evan (and occasionally his sister or mom) reviews toys and video games.

Evan rakes in $1.3 million a year from posting his toy reviews to YouTube.

It started out as a fun project Evan and his dad embarked on together. The pair would make Angry Birds stop-motion videos, and, according to a Newsweek interview with Jared, Evan’s father, “all of the proceeds from the channel goes into investment and savings accounts for their children.”