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Are Touch Screens Robbing Toddlers of Sleep?

New study finds a link between more screen time and sleep

(Newser) - It's been established that screen time in its traditional form—think television and video games—is linked to sleep problems in kids, note researchers in introducing their more specific study: one that, for the first time, looks at touch-screen use among very young children. What they found is a... More »

Study of 1.4M People Turns Up Possible Benefit to Having Kids

Those with kids had lower risk of death than those who were childless

(Newser) - Kids may turn their parents' hair gray, but they may also add years to those parents' lives. Researchers in Sweden analyzed data from more than 700,000 men and 725,000 women born between 1911 and 1925, and going back that far was the point: Participants in the study were... More »

5 Kids' 'Family Wanted' Ad Gets 'Insane' Response

Though Kansas promotion 'didn't sit well' with at least one local

(Newser) - Meet music lover Bradley, outdoor enthusiast Preston, hip-hop dancer Layla, Pokemon card collector Landon, and Olive, who mainly likes to be snuggled. These are the five siblings the Kansas City Star featured in its "Family Wanted" section on Saturday, and they're looking to all be adopted by the... More »

UN: Syria's Children Are at 'Rock Bottom'

New report says 2016 was worst year yet

(Newser) - In Syria, last year was the worst yet for the country's rising generation, with at least 652 children killed in 2016, the United Nations' child relief agency said Monday, warning that the situation has hit "rock bottom." There was no letup to attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds,... More »

Childless Couples Can Spark 'Moral Outrage'

Even total strangers have strong reactions to couples who don't have kids

(Newser) - Be honest: When you see a couple of child-bearing age that doesn't have kids, do you cringe? Get angry? Feel "moral outrage," even? Because apparently some do. Reporting in the journal Sex Roles , researchers at Indiana University say they asked nearly 200 college students to read one... More »

Kids Under 5 in Nigeria Have 'Just Vanished'

Starvation, disease are killing thousands of children in Boko Haram-infested region: survey

(Newser) - Thousands of children have died of starvation and disease in Boko Haram-ravaged northeastern Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday, quoting a new survey that's forcing Nigerian officials to stop denying the crisis. The Paris-based group hopes official recognition of the calamity in which "thousands are dying" will help... More »

When We Have Kids, How Many May Be Partly Genetic

DNA variants can also predict probability of a woman remaining childless

(Newser) - For the first time, scientists have identified areas of DNA—specifically, 12—associated with reproductive habits, in this case the age when men and women have their first kid and how many kids they have. Reporting in the journal Nature Genetics , researchers at the University of Oxford analyzed more than... More »

Latest Turbulence in the Skies: Kid-Free Zones on Planes

Some say they're great, others say they're discriminatory

(Newser) - You can now fly on one of India's largest airlines without fear you'll get stuck in front of a screaming baby or a kid who likes to kick seats. IndiGo is the latest airline to offer "Quiet Zones" on each of its flights, with two sections of... More »

Docs Say iPads Work Like Sedatives for Kids Pre-Surgery

The non-pharmacological approach appears to work as well as, if not better than, sedatives

(Newser) - For kids at least, tablets are as good as sedatives. So report doctors in a press release after presenting their findings at this year’s World Congress of Anaesthesiologists. The team studied 4- to 10-year-olds prior to surgeries and found that the decreased anxiety levels of those given midazolam (a... More »

Montreal Priests Won't Be Allowed Alone With Kids

Chancellor says it's about protecting victims and the church

(Newser) - Some Catholic churches in Canada have banned priests from being alone with children—and more are about to start. The Catholic Church of Montreal says it will bar priests, volunteers, educators, and anyone else in "the orbit of the church" from being alone with children at 10 parishes beginning... More »

Mom's Voice Really Fires Up a Kid's Brain

Researchers use MRI scans to observe the impact a mother's voice has

(Newser) - Newborns can pick out their mother's voice in their first days of life, and while the stimulating sound of mom's voice has long been connected to the early emotional and social development of children, little is understood neurologically. Now researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy ... More »

Mickey Dee's Yanks 'Brand Ambassador' Out of Schools

John Cisna was the guy who lost almost 60 pounds eating nothing but McDonald's

(Newser) - The man who said he once lost lots of pounds eating only McDonald's was such a viral sensation that the fast-food giant actually recruited him to evangelize about nutrition at schools across America. But those days appear to be over, with John Cisna yanked after criticism from parents, teachers,... More »

6-Year-Olds Prove To Be Awful Drivers During Joyride

They left a 3-block trail of destruction in their wake

(Newser) - Police say two 6-year-old boys took a joyride in a pickup truck through a central Kansas town, damaging five other vehicles and two mailboxes along the way. Newton police Sgt. Josh Millspaugh says the boys' three-block journey ended about 4:30pm Tuesday when they rammed another truck. One of the... More »

On 3rd Anniversary of Sandy Hook, a Sobering Stat

554 kids have died by gun: report

(Newser) - Although it's the mass shootings in the US that we see most in the news, they're not what's causing the majority of gun deaths among our youngest citizens. Instead, it's what NBC News calls the "steady drumbeat of deaths in ones and twos" from suicides,... More »

Mom's Favorite Kid Is More Prone to Depression

Sibling rivalry may be to blame

(Newser) - Always hoped you're mom's favorite? A new study out of Purdue University finds that the favorite child is actually more prone to be depressed as an adult, researchers report in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences . Looking at 725 adult children from 309 families in the Within-Family Differences... More »

Netflix Introduces 5-Minute Bedtime Movies for Kids

The Dinotrux mini episodes feature favorite scenes of the animated show

(Newser) - Heeding the pleas of parents around the globe and across the ages who deal with cries of "Just five more minutes!" on a nightly basis, Netflix has introduced five-minute episodes of the popular kids DreamWorks TV show Dinotrux—cut down drastically from their typical 23 minutes. The reason?... 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 »

Study: Parents Who Do This Have Better Sex Lives

The happiest couples tend to evenly divide many child-related duties

(Newser) - Couples who manage to evenly divide child care duties tend to have higher-quality relationships, as well as sex lives. This is the takeaway from a new study being presented to the American Sociological Association in Chicago this week. Researchers interviewed nearly 500 heterosexual couples with kids and found that when... 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 »

What 53K Kids Had to Say About Happiness

Children in 15 countries say they're pretty happy regardless of wealth

(Newser) - Most kids are happy regardless of material wealth, according to a new survey of 53,000 8-year-olds to 12-year-olds in 15 countries (the US wasn't included). Yet the researchers out of Germany's Goethe University write in the 2015 Children's Worlds Report that there are subtle differences across... More »

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