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Doctors Toss the 'No Screen Time Before Age 2' Rule

Pediatric group revises recommendations for kids to stress balance, not strict limits

(Newser) - Child experts are now acknowledging that electronic devices and online media are here to stay, and probably impossible to keep away from your kids—and new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics reflect this sea change, USA Today reports. A press release notes that, per a trio of documents... More »

Analysis: 23 People Shot in 2016 ... by Toddlers

What makes some US areas more prone to this type of incident is still anyone's guess

(Newser) - Last week in Milwaukee, a 2-year-old fatally shot his mom from the back seat of their car. But where a story like this may have once been a freakish anomaly, the Washington Post notes, it's now becoming increasingly and disturbingly commonplace. A Post analysis of news reports finds 23... 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 »

Why Parents Should Put a Toy Chicken on Their Heads

Kids can learn the difference between joking and pretending by 16 months

(Newser) - Parents who joke and pretend with their toddlers are doing more than just play, they're teaching them important life skills, researchers from the University of Sheffield report in a new study in Cognitive Science . In fact kids as young as 16 months use cues from their parents to pick... More »

Toddlers' Sense of Justice Surprises Researchers

They're more interested in making things right than punishing wrongdoers

(Newser) - Preschool justice may be more developed than previously thought. So finds new research published in the journal Current Biology , where 3- and 5-year-olds observed two of four different scenes involving puppets, toys, and cookies. It turns out that not only did the kids sort out pretty quickly whether the "... More »

Are Toddlers Drinking More Coffee Than We Think?

At least one study suggests as much

(Newser) - Toddlers may not be your typical Starbucks clientele, but at least one study suggests a fair number know how to enjoy a cup of joe. The study was highly specific and thus probably can't be applied to the general population, Real Clear Science reports: It dealt with about 300... More »

Why You Shouldn't Hand an iPad to Your Toddler

Study finds that for children too young, mobile devices can harm

(Newser) - Tempted to hand your fussy toddler an iPad? You may want to think again: Research out of Boston University finds that, for children younger than 30 months, using smartphones and tablets for anything other than educational purposes can be "detrimental to ... social-emotional development," the Washington Post reports. At... More »

No, Your Kid Was Not Born an Altruistic Little Angel

New study finds that previous research unwittingly primed kids to be nice

(Newser) - Back in 2006, a study that went on to gain prominence found that 18-month-olds were willing to be helpful even without being prompted. Many assumed this was evidence of innate altruism, but new research out of Stanford and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that... More »

Language Gap in Rich, Poor Kids Begins Earlier Than Thought

Stanford study finds differences at 18 months

(Newser) - A Stanford study finds that kids from low-income families begin falling behind their richer peers in language development earlier than thought, reports the New York Times . The study found clear differences at 18 months, with kids in the higher-income families able to identify simple words a lot faster. (A previous... More »

Tot Beats Tot at Nursery School

Accused attacker, 2, is 'too young for criminal responsibility,' say Brit cops

(Newser) - A 2-year-old girl apparently viciously beat another toddler at a British pre-school, leaving the victim bruised and cut, reports the BBC . The 3-year-old victim "had gashes to her lips and a terrible black eye," her mom told the Daily Mail . " Katie looked like she had been in... More »

The New Target Demographic: Babies

Marketers increasingly focus on infants

(Newser) - Remember the plan Disney came up with earlier this year to stalk the maternity ward for potential new customers? Turns out that’s not an isolated incident, it’s a full-on trend. The new hot demographic for many brands to target today is infants to 3-year-olds, Adweek reports. Until recently,... More »

Police Seize Sword-Wielding Teen Who Took 20 Tots Hostage

Boy is 'unstable,' French cops report

(Newser) - French police stormed a pre-school today and apprehended a sword-wielding 17-year-old who’d taken several small children and their teacher hostage. The teen, armed with a sword in each hand, had initially taken 20 children hostage, but released 13 of them throughout the morning. A fourteenth “more or less... More »

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