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Archive for March, 2009

Teen Content Creators and Consumers

Posted by bronwynr on March 30, 2009

More than half of online teens have created content for the internet; and most teen downloaders think that getting free music files is easy to do.  American teenagers today are utilizing the interactive capabilities of the internet as they create and share their own media creations.

Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations.

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Warning raises new fears of cell-phone risks

Posted by bronwynr on March 29, 2009


A warning from the head of a prominent cancer research institute has rekindled fears about the possible health risks associated with extensive cell-phone use, especially among children–and it comes as a growing number of children are using cell phones to communicate. | Full Story

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Feeding Your Picky Eater

Posted by bronwynr on March 28, 2009

I sometimes wonder how some children manage to get enough energy to keep them going and going and going. If your youngster is one of the many who pick and choose the foods they like most, he or she may often get on food jags, eating the same foods for all meals or even refusing food altogether. In my house this week, my 3-year-old is refusing to eat anything but peaches and bread! But I’m not too worried about this new phase; experts suggest it’s normal and may not last too long. In fact, in most cases like this, children are getting all the nutrients they need despite their limited intake.

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Latest booklists from Pivotal Kids

Posted by bronwynr on March 26, 2009

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Comfortably Numb. Desensitizing Effects of Violent Media on Helping Others

Posted by bronwynr on March 23, 2009

ABSTRACT—Two studies tested the hypothesis that exposure to violent media reduces aid offered to people in pain. In Study 1, participants played a violent or nonviolent video game for 20 min. After game play, while completing a lengthy questionnaire, they heard a loud fight, in which one person was injured, outside the lab. Participants who played violent games took longer to help the injured victim, rated the fight as less serious, and were less likely to ‘‘hear’’ the fight in comparison to participants who played nonviolent games. In Study 2, violent- and nonviolent- movie attendees witnessed a young woman with an injured ankle struggle to pick up her crutches outside the theater either before or after the movie. Participants who had just watched a violent movie took longer to help than participants in the other three conditions. The findings from both studies suggest that violent media make people numb to the pain and suffering of others.

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Video – Growing up online

Posted by bronwynr on March 22, 2009

“a must watch for all teachers, parents and anyone involved with students or children going online. The video was released last week in the US on the PBS network as part of the Frontline program. Growing Up Online explores a large number of issues about students growing up online and the challenges that everyone face from parents to teachers and most importantly students.

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Teaching Kids About Water Issues

Posted by bronwynr on March 20, 2009

Children collecting water on an African river This Sunday, March 22, is World Water Day, an international observance that grew out of the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The occasion has since spawned World Water Week, which this year is from March 22 to 28.

Tomorrow (Mar. 20), Dream Village, a website that educates kids about social, economic, and environmental issues, is releasing Saved by the Well. Dream Village was formed last fall after its founders won a $10,000 grant to launch a series of socially responsible children’s books.

Saved by the Well, their debut release, told from a child’s perspective with color illustrations, is the story of a town in Mozambique that benefits from the Play Pump water system, a merry-go-round water pump powered by children’s play. The Play Pump was developed by GlobalGiving, an organization that connects donors with community-based projects worldwide.

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Improve your maths with this game

Posted by bronwynr on March 18, 2009


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Book – The Fussy eaters’ Recipe Book

Posted by bronwynr on March 14, 2009

img-5The Fussy eaters’ Recipe Book

by Annabel Karmel

Since the Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner was published in 1991, Annabel Karmel’s essential guide to feeding babies and young children has become established as a classic.

Now completely up to date with ten new dishes, it also includes general advice on how best to cope with fussy-eating behaviours and improve mealtimes, Karmel’s The Fussy Eaters’ Recipe Book is more than just a recipe book – it will be the answer to many parents’ prayers!

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A Green Social Networking Site for Teens

Posted by bronwynr on March 13, 2009

Call it the green Facebook.

There’s a new social networking site where environmentally minded teens looking for a place to chat, share ideas, and learn about careers and university programs can now visit.

Sponsored by the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), the Weather Channel, and Philippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary sea-explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, the recently launched Planet-connect.org is a site designed for teens by teens.

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