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Cops: 14-Year-Old Robbed Bank Outside Cleveland

Kids these days

(Newser) - Authorities in Ohio say a 14-year-old boy wearing a backpack used a note to rob a bank in suburban Cleveland last month. Police in the city of Euclid say the Cleveland teen was arrested Monday and is being charged in juvenile court. They say they quickly identified the boy and... More »

Toddler Survives Up to a Week Alone After Grandma Dies

'She’s coming back to her natural self. She’s smiling and laughing'

(Newser) - A 15-month-old girl in Tennessee is on the mend after surviving up to a week trapped in her crib with no food or water, People reports. Brier Ineichen was staying with her grandmother Annette while her mother, Tracy, was in jail. But when Annette didn't show up for visitation... More »

Study Shows Just How Important Breakfast Is

Kids who eat healthy breakfasts perform better than those who don't

(Newser) - Researchers say they've found the most conclusive proof to date that a good breakfast translates into better grades for kids. In a large-scale study out of Cardiff University, researchers in Wales asked 5,000 children aged 9 to 11 to record everything they ate over 24 hours, from breakfast... More »

This One Decision Could Boost Kids' Self-Control

Want your kid to focus? Delay typical start by a year, study suggests

(Newser) - Holding your child back from kindergarten could be a big boost to his or her mental health for years to come, according to a new study from Stanford University. "We found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73% for an average child at age... More »

New Test Could Save Kids With Concussions

Blood test is accurate 94% of the time, study says

(Newser) - Imagine a mobile device that not only identifies concussions in children but tells you how bad they are. Well, researchers say a new blood test has them closer to that ideal and diagnoses child concussions with 94% accuracy, UPI reports. "This simple blood test was nearly as accurate as... More »

Study: Religion Makes Children Less Generous

Some kids just really don't want to share their stickers

(Newser) - Religion makes people more generous and empathetic toward their neighbor, right? Wrong, according to a study published Thursday in Current Biology. Forbes reports researchers found children from religious backgrounds are actually less altruistic than children from secular households. Researchers tested more than 1,100 Christian, Muslim, and nonreligious children between... More »

In a First, Toy Laser Causes Eye Damage

And now a bus driver has permanently blurry vision

(Newser) - Bus drivers already have to put up with so much; maybe we shouldn't let children shine laser pointers in their eyes on top of everything else. Live Science reports a German bus driver suffered permanent eye damage when a child bounced a toy laser off his rearview mirror and... More »

Survey: 75% of Kids Under 4 Have Own Mobile Device

There is 'almost universal exposure' among kids, researchers say

(Newser) - A recent study found handing your toddler an iPad is a bad idea ; a new study shows 97% of kids under age 4 have used a mobile device anyway and 75% have a tablet, smartphone, or iPod of their own. The small-scale study—based on the responses of 350 low-income... More »

5 Million US Children Have Had Incarcerated Parent

And that's hurting them, according to a new report

(Newser) - One in 14 children have had at least one parent incarcerated during their life—a percentage that's even higher for poor children and black children—and that's having a negative impact on their lives, USA Today reports The statistics come from a report— Parents Behind Bars: What Happens ... More »

Instead of Tickets, Cops Give Dad a Much-Needed Gift

Texas police pool funds, pitch in for 3 new car seats for down-on-his-luck dad

(Newser) - When police officer Justin Gower pulled a truck over Saturday in Cedar Park, Texas, for a faulty light, he wasn't prepared for what he found: three girls, ages 1, 3, and 4, in the back, none in car seats, KVUE reports. "I was upset because it's extremely... More »

43 US Toddlers Shot Someone This Year

Toddlers have shot themselves or someone else at least 43 times this year

(Newser) - On average, a toddler age 3 or younger has shot himself or someone else once per week in the United States this year, the Washington Post reports. In January, a 3-year-old in New Mexico wounded both his parents with one gun shot . In June, a 3-year-old in Michigan died after... More »

Ultrasounds on Fukushima Kids Alarm Researchers

Study: Kids near the nuclear plant have thyroid cancer rates 20 to 50 times higher

(Newser) - For four years, nearly all kids living in Japan's Fukushima prefecture have received ultrasounds to gauge the effects of the nuclear disaster there in March 2011. Now a research team says the alarming results are in: Children living near the nuclear plant have thyroid cancer rates that are 20... More »

My Untrendy Confession: I Love Being a Parent

But it's cooler, these days, to complain: Jennie Yabroff

(Newser) - There was a time mothers bemoaned the fact that people weren't more honest about how hard it is to raise a kid . Not anymore: Nowadays, "bad mommy" bloggers abound, and your Facebook feed is likely "a stream of reposted studies claiming that having a child is more... More »

Day Care Shuttered After Baby Bitten 27 Times

Parents say unlicensed Texas operator waited 4 hours to call them

(Newser) - When John and Jeanette Betancourt were alerted Friday that their 4-month-old son had been bitten at his San Antonio day care, Jeanette went to pick him up and noticed the day care operator was holding the infant close to her body. "She finally turns my son around and the... More »

Study Reveals Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

What they're paired with makes a big difference

(Newser) - Researchers from Texas A&M may have found an easier way to get kids to eat their vegetables than trying to convince them Spider-Man actually got his powers from green beans: Just pair veggies with other foods they don't like that much. The Washington Post reports nine out of... More »

25-Year-Old NBA Star Gives $400K to Homeless Kids

Wizards' John Wall stopped by DC children's center with surprise donation

(Newser) - John Wall is only 25 years old and he's already achieved great success with the Washington Wizards, including being called by Fox Sports "one of the best point guards in the NBA." He can also check "philanthropist" off his list after his surprise visit Friday to... More »

Want Satisfaction? Have at Least 4 Children

Parents with big families report being happiest

(Newser) - Parents with lots of kids running around doing God knows what, be thankful—you're the lucky ones. According to a new study in Australia, parents with at least four children get the most satisfaction out of life despite the chaos and higher expenses, the Daily Signal reports. "With... More »

Kid Trips Into $1.5M Painting

The only Paolo Porpora artwork that's signed now has a fist-size hole in it

(Newser) - Elsewhere in the world, terrorists threaten art and antiquities , but in Taiwan tween boys holding beverages are the threat. A 12-year-old taking a guided tour with his mom at an art exhibit in Taipei lived out what was probably his (and his mother's) worst nightmare when he tripped next... More »

11-Year-Olds Can Now Be Prescribed OxyContin

FDA approves drug for severe pain in kids 11 to 16

(Newser) - The FDA has approved the powerful painkiller OxyContin for a new use in children 11 to 16 who are suffering from severe, long-term pain. OxyContin is an extended-release opioid that has long been used to treat around-the-clock pain in adults. But most pain medications are not approved for use in... More »

More Kids in Poverty Now Than in Recession: Report

And it could have detrimental effects on brain development, researchers say

(Newser) - The Great Recession may be long over, but things didn't pick up for everyone in the years immediately after, especially not for US children: A new report from the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation says that while 18% of American kids lived below the poverty line in 2008, that... More »

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