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It’s Summertime, Where Have All the Children Gone? Health 

It’s Summertime, Where Have All the Children Gone?

United States (ITO) – It’s summer vacation, but you might not know it from the absence of children on streets and sidewalks, in parks and public spaces. Just as afternoons and weekends during the school year are more void of children than ever before, so too is summertime. Where are all of these young ones? Increasingly, they are contained in structured, adult-led, often indoor activities where they are told what to do, what to think, and how to act. Those play-filled afternoons with the neighborhood kids we remember from childhood? Gone. Those long summer days outside with friends, roaming Read More

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US State Department’s Lie About Child Soldiers Featured Human Rights 

US State Department’s Lie About Child Soldiers

Washington DC (HRW) – Tillerson Takes Burma, Iraq Off List Despite Evidence Dozens of children were part of Burma’s armed forces as recently as last week. In Iraq, children have died fighting the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) with Iraqi government military units. But United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ignored these facts and took Burma and Iraq off the annual list, issued today, that identifies countries that use child soldiers or support militias that do. The US Child Soldiers Prevention Act requires the State Department to publish the list each year. The new list includes the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Read More

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Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government Politics Technology 

Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government

Finland (Sputnik) – Finland is poised to adopt new age restrictions for social media from 2018. Finnish officials hope this effort will help safeguard youngsters’ privacy and help them communicate in a more orderly fashion. In 2018, Finland will introduce a national age limit for the use of social media services, in order to ensure compliance with the EU’s new data protection regulation. According to Finland’s data protection ombudsman, the aim is to shield the children from the pressure to share personal information without their full understanding of the possible consequences.The exact age threshold, however, has not been set yet, with propositions ranging from 13 and 16 years. “In terms of the data Read More

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Summer Reading Programs: Teaching Kids To Hate Reading Since 1895 Education Featured 

Summer Reading Programs: Teaching Kids To Hate Reading Since 1895

United States (FEE) – Libraries are ideal examples of local, self-directed learning hubs that support all members of a community in learning naturally, without coercion. Late-nineteenth century steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie, who created many of the first public libraries, stated: “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” This is why I believe that their summer reading programs are beneath them. Teaching Kids to Hate Reading Library summer reading programs, while typically voluntary, follow a “schooling” model of education instead of the “learning” Read More

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Children Are Our Future: Schools Encourage Conformity, Not Learning Education 

Children Are Our Future: Schools Encourage Conformity, Not Learning

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Over the weekend, I had an interesting chat with a friend about her daughter’s preschool program. She confessed to me that she couldn’t wait until the school year was over, for the preschool program dominated their lives. The schedule, she explained, interfered with other outside learning opportunities. At the same time, one of the main things her daughter was learning in the program was how to line up – perfect for fostering an environment of compulsion, but not for encouraging creativity or an enthusiasm for learning. Unfortunately, this attitude of toeing the line is Read More

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Children & ADHD Medication: A Huge Experiment, Says Doctor Featured Health 

Children & ADHD Medication: A Huge Experiment, Says Doctor

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Dr. Leonard Sax is known for making unusual statements regarding raising children. The reason his comments are so unusual? They’re simple common sense, a trait often lacking in modern culture. Dr. Sax’s latest (non-politically correct) statements were made in an interview with C.M. Rubin for the Huffington Post when he raised questions about the intense drug regimen American kids are subjected to, often under the guise of treating ADHD and other related disorders: “American kids are now 10, 20, 50 or 90 times more likely to be on prescription psychiatric medications compared with kids Read More

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Daddy’s Little Girl: Science Says Girls Get More Attention From Fathers Culture Featured 

Daddy’s Little Girl: Science Says Girls Get More Attention From Fathers

World (Sputnik) – In news that may not shock many male siblings, a new study has found that fathers pay more attention to toddler daughters than sons. The US research highlights how subconscious gender bias could be influenced by different brain responses when men interact with male or female children. It’s a common accusation from children, that a parent has a favorite child. Well, while favoritism may be hard to prove, US researchers have found that there is a striking difference in how much attention fathers pay to their little girls, as opposed to their little boys. A post shared by Children Need Fathers (@children_needfathers) on Read More

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No More War: The Impact of War on Women and a Call-to-Action Activism Featured Women 

No More War: The Impact of War on Women and a Call-to-Action

Kailua, Hawaii (GREED) – As the United States finds itself further entangled in political tensions overseas, it is women both overseas and domestically that will pay the highest cost of war. Although women in the U.S. military have only just last year been formally allowed into combat, our gender is no stranger to violent conflict. Whether actively fighting, playing a supportive role, or simply fleeing for their lives, women worldwide have felt the pain and suffering created by war acutely throughout history. Women struggle to support their families during deployments and often lose fathers, brothers, sons and husbands. If Read More

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