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Child has purest response for cashier who questioned the color of her doll

Make the World Safe for Children
How to Raise a Financially Savvy Child
One couple's perfect response to people asking when they're going to have kids.
Children Now
Cost to Raise a Child
Our new research shows where kids get their news and how they feel about it
Our Children Are Anxious -- And For No Good Reason
Critical Issues for Children and Youths
Critical Health Issues for Children and Youth

Child Abuse

Children & Divorce

Children & Domestic Violence
Children & Poverty
Juvenile Court

When School is Out
Adults drop their wallets next to kids to see what they will do. It's a beautiful experiment.
Injuries - The Leading Cause of Death
Young Kids and Booze: Tasting Common
What it's like to be 12 today? These preteens cover it all.
The painful persistence of corporal punishment
Missing Children

Emergency Numbers
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Talking With Kids About Tough Issues,
Children's Books
Journals - on Child, Emotional, Religious, and Sexual Abuse and Trauma
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Make the World Safe for Children

I had been working in the world for the last fifteen years "To be a major factor in the elimination of male violence in the universe." A statement, refined over time, where each word had importance and meaning. During a weekend training I attended back in 1990, however, my little boy spoke to me and my mission took a dramatic shift. It became transformed, as my work has since then, into: "Make the World Safe for Children". With that in mind, I ask you to see what part you play in all of this.

The decisions you make everyday effect life as we know it on this planet. Here are some things you can do:

Look at the way you are in the world, how you release or stuff your anger, how you treat strangers, friends, loved ones, children. Are you a good role model for children and other adults? What if every decision and action you made, at home, at work and in the world was based on making the world safe for children?

Take a moment to daydream: what kind of a world would that be? What would it look like? Are you willing to actively help create that world?

Look at your personal commitment to the environment, your health (both physical and mental), exercise and the food you eat. Stop putting off those decisions to "get healthy".

Copy this letter and mail or fax it to all your friends and relatives asking them to do the same.

Send a letter to politicians at the federal, state and local level encouraging them to make only those decisions that insure a world safe for children.

Encourage children through school and church to send a letter (1) to President Clinton asking him to make only those decisions that insure a world safe for children and (2) to their parents asking them to "Make this world a safe place for me in everything you do".

Use resources at your disposal - local bulletin boards at grocery stores, Laundromats, the office, on computers, etc. to spread the word.

Men and fathers do care. Do you? If so, get actively involved in any way you can to see to it that change happens.

Think about it! Then do something about it - TODAY! It's not too late! And, if you think of additional things to add to this list, let us know. - Gordon Clay See also Bumper Stickers


How to Raise a Financially Savvy Child

If you have children (or grandchildren) you have an opportunity to give them a jump-start on their journey to becoming financially responsible adults. While teaching your child about money and finances is easier when you start early, it's never too late to impart your wisdom. Here are some age-relevant suggestions to help develop a financially savvy young adult:

Preschool – Start by using bills and coins to teach them what the value of each is worth. Even if you don't get into the exact values, explain that a quarter is worth more than a dime and a dollar is worth more than a quarter. From there, explain that buying things at the store comes down to a choice based on how much money you have (you can't buy every toy you see!). Also, get them a piggy bank to start saving coins and small bills.

Grade school – Consider starting an allowance and developing a simple spending plan. Teach them how to read price tags and do comparison-shopping. Open a savings account to replace the piggy bank and teach them about interest and the importance of regular saving. Have them participate in family financial discussions about major purchases, vacations and other simple money decisions.

Babies holding money

Middle school – Start connecting work with earning money. Start simple with babysitting, mowing lawns or walking dogs. Open a checking account and transition the simple spending plan into a budget to save funds to make larger purchases. If you have not already done so, it is a good time to introduce the importance of donating money to church or charity.

High school – Explain the job application and interview process. Work with them to get a part-time job to start building work experience. Add additional expense responsibility by transferring direct responsibility for things like gas, lunches and expenses for going out with friends. Introduce investing by explaining stocks, mutual funds, CDs and IRAs. Talk about financial mistakes and how to deal with them when they happen — try to use some of your real-life examples. If college is the goal after high school, include them in the financial planning decisions.

College – Teach them about borrowing money and all its future implications. Explain how credit cards can be a good companion to a budget, but warn of the dangers of mismanagement or not paying the bill in full each month. Discuss the importance of their credit score and how it affects future plans like buying a house. Talk about retirement savings and the importance of building their retirement account.

Knowing about money — how to earn it, use it, invest it and share it — is a valuable life skill. Simply talking with your children about its importance is often not enough. Find simple, age specific ways to build their financial IQ. A financially savvy child will hopefully lead to a financially wise adult.

Our new research shows where kids get their news and how they feel about it

The news isn't what it used to be. What was once shared by newspapers, radio, and TV now comes in Snapchat stories, on Facebook Live broadcasts, in Twitter conversations, and through other new forms of communication. But parents still want -- and need -- their kids to be good citizens. To an extent, that means kids must understand what's happening in the world and apply critical-thinking skills to information in all its forms and from all sources. Common Sense Media is one of the only organizations to conduct a large-scale study of how kids get their news, engage with it, and feel about it. Our report, News and America's Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News, is designed to help parents, teachers, and policymakers support kids in a 21st-century world, where finding, identifying, evaluating, and using information effectively will be critical.

News and America's Kids surveyed 853 children age 10–18 to find out where they get news, which news sources (including social media sites) they prefer, how much they trust the news, and how they feel about the news. It's clear from the results that news is not only for adults. Many children say following the news is important to them and that they feel smarter when they get the news. However, many kids feel that their voices aren't represented in news coverage and that news organizations don't understand their experiences. Check out the infographic that illustrates the results of the survey. Here are some of the key findings:

Kids value the news. About half of kids say that following the news is important to them, and more than two-thirds say that consuming news makes them feel smart and knowledgeable. Half of the children surveyed feel that following the news helps them feel prepared to make a difference in their communities. Learn how to talk to kids about the news.

Kids feel neglected and misrepresented. Nearly three quarters of surveyed kids think that the media should show more people their age, rather than grown-ups talking about them. Additionally, 69 percent say that the news media has no idea about the experiences of people their age, and less than half think the news covers issues that matter to them.

Kids see racial and gender bias in the news. Half of children agree with the statement "Whenever I see an African-American or Latino person in the news, they're usually involved in crimes, violence, or other problems." And only one in three kids agrees that the news treats women and men equally fairly.

What kids are seeing scares them and makes them feel depressed. Content can be disturbing, causing most kids to feel afraid, angry, and/or sad or depressed. Tweens are more likely than teens to say that the news makes them feel afraid.

Kids also often are fooled by fake news. Less than half of children agree that they can tell fake news stories from real ones. Experiences with fake news may be a reason that only one in four kids puts "a lot" of trust in the information they receive from news organizations. Find out how to help kids spot fake news.

Kids trust family for news (but still prefer to get it from social media). Sixty-six percent say they trust the news they hear from family "a lot," with teachers being the second-most-trusted source. However, when asked to select their preferred news source, online news sources win out.

These findings speak to the importance of supporting tweens' and teens' media-literacy skills -- the critical thinking needed to judge the value of information. In the short term, that means that when kids come across a suspicious news story on Facebook, they need to know how to interpret the information and whether it's worth sharing. In the long term, that means teaching them to question what they see, hear, and interact with to become not only good citizens but good digital citizens. Common Sense has a number of resources to help families develop the tools they need to thrive as 21st-century citizens. And since the No. 1 place kids hear about news is from the adults in their lives, we need to model how to consume news, encourage kids to think critically about sources, and discuss the news with the children in our lives.

One couple's perfect response to people asking when they're going to have kids.

Choosing to have kids or not have kids is no one else's decision but yours.

"When are you guys going to start having kids?"

Like many couples, Carrie Jansen and her husband Nic had heard this question a million different ways, a million different times.

The pressure really started to mount when the pair, who've been together for eight years, got married three years ago. While Carrie loves kids (she's an elementary school teacher, after all), she and Nic simply aren’t interested in having kids of their own. Now or ever.

"It's not what I was meant for," explains Carrie in a Facebook message. "It's like, I love flowers, and everyone loves flowers. But that doesn't mean I want to grow my own. I'm perfectly happy admiring other people's gardens.”

Carrie wanted to tell her family that they don't plan on having kids but knew if she did, they'd say something like, "Oh you'll change your mind one day!" and that pesky question would keep rearing its ugly head.

Rather than continue to deflect the question over and over, Carrie decided to do something a little bit different.

Since the couple was adding another mouth to feed to the family, they decided to announce it with a series of maternity-style photos, revealing the twist: The new addition was a puppy named Leelu, not a baby.

"My husband and I have been married 3 years and everyone is bugging us about having a baby. Close enough right?" she captioned the photos.

Her pictures went insanely viral, with many of the commenters giving her props for hilariously addressing the dreaded "kids " question.

"If you don't want kids, don't have kids. Seriously. Have fun with each other. I had three kids early and it's all about them now," wrote one user. "I wish people would just mind their business raising a kid ain't easy and cheap," wrote another.

"I got my husband a vasectomy for his birthday this year. Best gift ever," chimed in a third.

Carrie was overwhelmed and inspired by the viral response. "Having children is definitely a hot topic, and one that is evolving in this generation like so many other social issues," she says. "It's exciting to find others that feel the same way I do."

Carrie is hardly alone in not wanting to have kids — in fact, a record number of women are choosing not to have kids today.

In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey found 47.6% of women between age 15 and 44 had never had children, which is the highest percentage on record. Despite the numbers, however, because we still live in a patriarchally-driven society, women regularly face the expectation that they should be mothers, and they often are judged if they decide not to be.

Whether you want to have one kid, five kids, no kids, or a puppy, the choice should be yours and no one else’s.

No one else has the right to put pressure on you to change your body and life in a drastic way. Thankfully, because of women like Carrie — and partners like Nic — who aren't afraid to bring the subject out in the open, the expectations are slowly but surely changing.

Our Children Are Anxious -- And For No Good Reason

My work is fueled by my conviction that we are both the healthiest people in history and the most anxiety-ridden culture on the face of the earth. Now here comes a study that really nails it; it's the proof I've been waiting for.

"The average American child in the 1980s reported more anxiety than child psychiatric patients in the 1950s," says Case Western Reserve University.

Did you get that? A child who was under treatment for mental disorders was less anxious than is today's normal child.

Analyses found that anxiety among children and among college students increased a full standard deviation -- a statistical measurement -- between 1952 and 1993.

The authors suggest that decreases in social conceitedness and increases in environmental dangers are responsible for the rise in anxiety. They also say that economic factors are insignificant. But have environmental dangers increased? Only to the Chicken Littles. The dangers aren't real; they're not affecting you as an individual in a major way. What are real are exaggerated media reports, which the audience exaggerates further and then spreads around. Then the fear level among the public goes way up.

The media paradox is something I've talked about before. One negative report that appears in print or is broadcast has much more clout than does the positive testimony of fifty friends and neighbors. One little terror that happened to one little person in a faraway land looms large in the brain.

Objective evidence is a poor match for the dramatic reports of impending catastrophe that the media pummels us with every day.

Now you know why kids like nothing better than numbing themselves with TV and video games.

Source: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 79 No. 6

Injuries - The Leading Cause of Death

Injuries are the leading cause of death among children 1-19 in the U.S.

Unintentional injuries to children are costly:

Most unintentional injury deaths to children can be prevented:

Education to promote changes in individual behaviors can have a modest effect in reducing the risk of childhood injuries.

Environmental and product modifications that make children's physical surroundings, toys, and clothing safer can dramatically decrease the incidence of childhood injuries, though many such efforts are not widespread.

Legislation and regulation are among the most powerful tools to reduce childhood injuries, and most environment and product design changes require legal action. Many existing laws, however, are not fully enforced or have loopholes that limit their effectiveness, and some effective laws have not been adopted in every state.

Reducing the rate of child injury deaths in the future will require the dedication of individuals to implement what we know works, the determination of communities to create environments where children can grow up safely, and the public and private dollars to support injury prevention research and to disseminate effective interventions. Source: The Future of Children Vol. 10 No. 1, Spring/Summer, 2000.

What it's like to be 12 today? These preteens cover it all.

"I miss being able to get away with things."

Things get weird when you're 12.

The world gets a bit bigger, your opinions become a bit more defined. And your body? Well, your body is an entire story on its own. So many changes!

WNYC has been busy capturing what the life of a 12-year-old sounds, looks, and feels like in today's society in a super-entertaining series called "Being 12."

Here's a fun look at some of the kids they met up with in New York City. (Excuse me — "mature kids.")

Adults drop their wallets next to kids to see what they will do. It's a beautiful experiment.

Small acts of kindness can go a long way.

Are kids born with a sense of right and wrong? Or is that something we develop along the way?


I certainly spent much of my childhood selfishly yelling, "Finders keepers, losers weepers!" or "It's mine, I found it first!" — anything to claim victory before my sister beat me to it. And I'm sure I wasn't the only little kid who wanted to keep things for myself no matter the cost. (Right, guys?)

In an utterly adorable social experiment, the Japanese Red Cross put little kids' kindness to the test.

Here's what they were testing: When kids are by themselves and a stranger next to them drops a wallet, what will the kids do? Will they take the wallet, leave it, or let the person know?

And it's not just about the wallet. It's about helping others. It's about what's morally right and wrong. And it's about young kids who are all just figuring it out as they go.

The way these kids reacted gave me loads of hope for our future.

When each kid saw a wallet dropped next to them, they hesitated for a second.

Some looked around or quietly tried to alert the stranger whose wallet was dropped.

But they all eventually broke through their shyness and uncertainty to do the thing they knew was right: They alerted the stranger to the dropped wallet. Every. Single. Kid.

The kindness of little kids has even been proven by science.

According to research conducted at Yale University's Infant Cognition Center, babies can identify mean behavior (in puppets) when they're just three months old. Not only that, but when given the choice, they'd rather hang out with the, um, puppets with nicer behavior.

Babies have morals? Holy crap.

This experiment is a heartwarming and beautiful display of what happens when we look out not only for ourselves, but for each other.

Doing the right thing can have such a huge impact — no matter how big or small the situation may seem. Heck, it might even be the natural thing to do!


Where'd That Come From?

"Under the weather,"butterflies in the stomach," "keep your chin up." You've heard these expressions before, but what do they mean? You can find the stories behind these (and many more weird sayings) in Where'd That Come From?


Influenza is an infection that causes fever, chills, cough, body aches, headaches, earaches, and sinus problems. Find out how to keep the flu from getting you in this article for kids.

Chicken Pox

Have you ever had the red, itchy bumps of chicken pox? This article for kids will tell you just what to expect from the pox, also known as varicella.

The Brain Is the Boss

Your brain is the boss of your body and runs the whole show. Learn more about your brain's business in this article for kids.

Sick School Syndrome

Almost every kid fakes being sick once in a while to get out of going to school. But it's important to determine if your child is sick about school or sick FROM school. If your youngster appears to be sick quite often during the week and then feels great on weekends, he or she may be suffering from "sick school syndrome" -- and the syndrome can be dangerous.

Children Of Divorce Need Expert Help; Counseling Helps With Coping Skills

A new study shows that preventive programs -- counseling that teaches kids coping skills -- can make a difference long-term in the lives of children of divorce.

Science Offers Parents Clues On How To Help Their Children Build A Good Life

Edward Hallowell is one of the happiest people you'd ever want to meet. His eyes twinkle, his handshake is like iron, and when he smiles, his chipmunk cheeks frame his upturned mouth like parentheses.

"I need a CBC, STAT!"

How often have you heard this on a TV show? Know what it means? You'll find the answer plus definitions to lots of other medical terms in WORD! A Glossary of Medical Terms, created just for kids.

Why Do Eyes Water?

When your eyes water, they're making tears, just like when you cry. Those tears help protect your eyes by keeping them moist and washing out dust and other foreign stuff that gets in there.

Bell's Palsy

If you've ever seen someone whose face seems half frozen and doesn't move, that person may have Bell's palsy. To learn more about this condition, read this article just for kids.

Playing It Safe With Sports Safety

The biggest reason to be safe when you play is because it helps prevent injuries to you and to other players. Learn all about sports safety in this article for kids.

If Your Child Has a Heart Defect

Medical knowledge, technology, and experience can offer accurate diagnosis and treatments that allow nearly every form of congenital heart disease to be corrected.

10 Things That Might Surprise You About Being Pregnant

Are you expecting a child, or do you have an expectant friend? Be sure to check out "10 Things That Might Surprise You About Being Pregnant" - and the more than 100 other articles in KidsHealth's Pregnancy & Newborns section. You'll also find a week-by-week pregnancy calendar that shows how baby - and mom - are growing and changing.

How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor

What are the best ways to communicate your concerns and questions to your child's doctor? And how can you strengthen your relationship with the doctor who plays a prominent role in your child's health?

Many Parents Are Misinformed About Booster Seat Use

Until they're around 80 pounds, 4 feet 9 inches, and at least 8 years of age, children need to be protected by booster seats while riding in motor vehicles. Despite the fact that booster seats reduce a child's risk for serious injuries in a car crash, many parents don't use them.

How the Body Works

Looking for movies about muscles? The inside story on the immune system? Check out our movies on every body system to find out how the body works!

Cancer in Kids is Scary

Cancer is a scary word, but the personal stories behind the disease can be pretty amazing. Read Amanda's Hodgkin's Story and then link to our other cancer articles to find out more.

Growth Disorders

Everyone grows and matures differently. Usually, this is totally normal. A growth disorder, however, means that a kid has abnormal growth - for example, growing a lot slower or a lot faster than other kids the same age.

When Will My Voice Change?

You've probably listened to the deep voices of your dad or big brother and wondered why yours seems to be just a bit squeakier. Read this article to find out the when and how of why your voice changes!

When It's Just You in an Emergency

You may never be part of a dramatic rescue, but don't ever think that just because you're a kid, you can't help. Learn what to do when it's just you in an emergency in this article for kids!

Should We Help To Create Disabled Babies?

Should genetic tests be offered to couples seeking to have a child to allow them to select for disability? Many would see deliberately creating disabled babies as the most perverse manifestation of creating designer babies but, in this week's BMJ, Julian Savulescu argues that there may be good reasons for acceding to such requests.
Source: British Medical Journal,

Articles written by kids who have different illnesses and conditions

Want to know what it's like to have a condition from the kids who have it? Then take a look at My Journal, a collection of interactive articles written by kids who have different illnesses and conditions.

Food Poisoning

Have you ever had waves of pain in your stomach? You might have had mild food poisoning. Read more about food poisoning, its symptoms, and what you can do to avoid it.

Homework Help

Finishing the last five long division problems of your math homework assignment may be the last thing you want to do, but homework is important. Read our article to find out how to get and give homework help.

The Truth About Transfusions

Many kids' lives have been saved thanks to blood donations and transfusions. But when do kids need transfusions and what happens during a transfusion? Find out in this article written just for you!

The 'Boy Parent Dilemma

This afternoon, millions of men will pick their little sons up from school and hope to hear that it was a good day. Yet many of our boys will have spent much of the day being scolded and punished, often for doing nothing more than being boys. And with each of these mistreated little boys--waving their arms and running toward us across the yard, happy to be away from that place where everything feels so unnatural and they somehow always seem to be doing something wrong--comes the boy parent dilemma."
Source: Glenn J. Sacks,

Kids Afraid of Life

It's not uncommon for kids to be shy, especially in new situations like the first day of school. But what if that shyness persists? What if it becomes debilitating? When should you seek help? Find answers in our special feature,.

Basic Outdoor Safety Skills

Do you know how to wear a bicycle helmet? How about which number of sun protection factor to use? If you could use a brush-up on some basic outdoor safety skills, check out Playing It Safe Outdoors and on the Road.


Homesickness isn't like the feeling you get when you have a cold or eat too much ice cream. It has to do with missing your home or family. But there are ways to beat it.

How Do Pain Relievers Work?

Most pain relievers that kids take include ibuprofen and acetaminophen. You swallow them, and the pain goes away. Our article for kids will tell you how and why pain relievers take away the pain.

Families Torn By Childhood Disorders Finding Hope

She hit herself and threw horrible tantrums. For years, nothing helped, and the hitting and biting and tantrums got worse. The blows to her face at one time lasted so long and were so severe, she almost went blind. Then a school social worker suggested Jessica be taken to the Marcus Institute in Atlanta.

Effective Treatment For Children With ADHD And Chronic Tic Disorders

Research has recently revealed an effective drug therapy for children who have chronic tic disorders (including Tourette's syndrome) concurrent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As many as nine in 10 children with tic disorders also have ADHD. Previously, the use of medications most commonly prescribed to treat children with ADHD had been discouraged for those who also had tic disorders, either because their benefits had not been clinically established or had been associated with a worsening of tics.
Source: American Academy of Neurology,

Did You Know...Skin is an Organ

The skin is the largest organ in your body! So take care of it, and find out what things can go wrong in the Skin section of Kids' Health Problems.

What to Do When You Don't Like School

Everyone has a bad day at school once in a while, but if you really hate going to school, there are some things you can do. Our article for kids will help you put the cool back in school.

Swimmer's Ear

You swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer's ear. Read all about what causes it, how to prevent it, and how to get rid of it in our kids' article.

Take a Look at Cooking

The trick to cooking is knowing the basics of the kitchen, what recipes are best and how to find them, and how to get your creativity going once you're cooking. Get your apron and check out this article to get started!

Treatment Of Bipolar Children Encouraging

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic- depressive illness, is classified as a major mental illness. Until recently, this problem was not diagnosed in children and adolescents but is now being diagnosed and treated with increasing frequency.


Teasing is to be expected in any child's life. But here's how parents can prevent it from creating emotional harm.

Infection Can Spread Fast to Others

It's amazing how quickly a simple infection can spread among children, especially those in school or day care. Is there a bug going around your child's school that you need to know more about? Check out KidsHealth's Infections section to learn all about common and not-so-common childhood infections, including symptoms, contagiousness, and treatments.

Delayed Speech or Language Development

Your child is 2 years old and still not talking. Should you take him to a professional? Get the answers about speech and language development in this article for parents.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Now Recognized In Children

Researchers have long struggled to explain OCD's rituals, but one thing they have learned recently is that for years the condition went undiagnosed and untreated in thousands of children because OCD had been considered an "adult" malady.

Wearing a Bicycle Helmet

Do you know how to wear a bicycle helmet? How about which number of sun protection factor to use? If you could use a brush-up on some basic outdoor safety skills, check out Playing It Safe Outdoors and on the Road.

A Kid's Guide to Adoption

Adoption can be hard to understand or even accept, but it helps many people in lots of ways.

Dealing With Bullies

Bullies are often hard to get along with and the things they do may be hurtful. Find out how to be brave with bullies in our article for kids.

The Real Deal on the Digestive System

Find out what happens to the food you eat when you read this article just for kids!


Emergencies require quick and clear thinking. Learn about emergencies and first aid in our special section devoted to it.


Do you or does someone you know ever have a hard time getting words out? Get the whole story on stuttering and other speech problems in this article for kids.

When It's Just You After School

Just you after school? Get the lowdown on being home alone with our kids' article - you'll learn how to stay safe, what to do if you're lonely, and more.

Infections may be catching

Infections may be catching, but there are things you can do to protect yourself. Find out about flu, strep throat, and pink eye in the Infections section.

What Kids Should Know about Alzheimer's

We all forget things once in a while, but Alzheimer's disease, a condition older adults get, is different than normal forgetting. Learn more in this article for kids.

What Girls AND Should Know about Breast Cancer

Do you have questions about breast cancer? What is it? How is it treated? Can it be prevented? Read our article on breast cancer, written just for kids with questions like these.

Surviving Stepsiblings

The loss of a parent or your parents' divorce can be hard enough to deal with, but what happens when your parent remarries? If you have stepsiblings or know someone who does, you'll want to read our kids' article on surviving stepsiblings!

Who Do You Deal with Your Feelings?

Is stress stressing you out? Anger eating you up? Dealing with feelings may seem easier said than done. If your emotions are running wild, check out this section on how to deal with life's ups and downs.


Being shy is a normal part of growing up. Do you want to learn how you can be less shy or why being shy is a good thing? Read this article for kids to find out!

Friends can Make You Laugh and Cry

Friends can make you laugh and cry (sometimes even at the same time!) If you have questions about friends, check out the My Friends section and find the answers you've been looking for.

Having Your Tonsils Out

When germs cause too much trouble in the tonsils, sometimes the tonsils get taken out! Read this article to learn about what a tonsillectomy is like and what happens afterward.

Memory Matters

Memories are a great thing. Do you know how to protect yours? Use your head, and read our article on memory written just for kids!


Why Does My Nose Run?

You may have heard the old joke: if your nose is running and your feet smell, you must be upside down! But when you were done laughing, did you ever stop to wonder why your nose runs?

What Are Freckles?

Whether you like freckles or not, you might wonder where they come from and why certain people have them. Read all about freckles in this article written just for you!

When It's Just You in an Emergency

You may never be part of a dramatic rescue, but don't ever think that just because you're a kid, you can't help. Learn what to do when it's just you in an emergency in this article for kids!
Source: See also Emergency on this site.

Why Does Eating Ice Cream Give Me a Headache?

That vanilla ice-cream cone has quickly given you a bad headache, also known as brain freeze. If you want to know more about the pain in your brain, read our article for kids.

Diets, Caffeine, Cooking

Everyone likes to eat, but are you eating the right kinds of foods in the right amounts? Get the scoop on diets, caffeine, cooking, and much more in the Fabulous Food section.


If you've ever wondered what the word autistic means, then this article is for you! Learn what autism is, what causes it, and what life is like for kids who have it.

Getting Calcium On Young Girls' Radar

Ninety percent of girls ages 9 to 12 don't get enough calcium in their diets, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Tessa Mullins, 12, probably isn't one of them.

What Are Reflexes?

Have you ever wondered why your elbow or knee suddenly twitches and moves right after you hit it against something? You didn't even try to move it - it's like it did it all on its own! Read about how and why reflexes happen in this article just for kids!

What Makes Me Sneeze?

If you just sneezed, something was probably irritating or tickling the inside of your nose. Learn more about why you sneeze in this article for kids.

Am I Too Fat or Too Thin?

Some people think that your weight is determined only by how much you eat, but that's only part of it. If you have questions about your body size, read our article for kids about body size.

Kids and Alcohol

If you're a kid, alcohol can mess up your life. Read this article to find out more about kids and alcohol, including how to tell whether you or someone you know has a problem.

CDC study documents salmonella resistant to important drug for kids

Salmonella illnesses resistant to the standard drug used to treat serious forms of the infection in children are emerging nationwide, government researchers warn. Source:

Low-calorie diet may help children shed pounds safely

Health experts agree that the burgeoning rate of childhood obesity in the US has reached epidemic proportions. There is less consensus about how to reverse the trend, which is expected to cause a dramatic rise in the number of people who suffer from heart disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death in the coming years.

A 'real' head banger

There are kids for whom head banging is a compulsive disorder. If your little boy does not have other symptoms, other behavior problems beyond the head banging, I would assume that he's having plain old-fashioned tantrums, which is what a kid does to get attention, or because he is too young to handle his complex feelings of rejection, jealousy and anger.


Boys Not as Tough as Society Thinks

"Crying is for girls," according to the childhood taunt. But boys may be more fragile than girls, suggests new research published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal.

"Boys are more vulnerable (than girls) even before they are born," Dr Sebastian Kraemer of the Tavistock Clinic in London, UK, told Reuters Health. ``This is evident in the newborn boy who is developmentally behind newborn girls.''

Perinatal brain damage is more common among boys, as are other "obstetric catastrophes" such as congenital deformed genitalia and limbs and cerebral palsy, Kraemer writes.

And the battle continues throughout life, suggests Kraemer, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist.

After birth, boys are three to four times more likely than girls to have developmental disorders--such as specific reading delay, autism, stammering, and Tourette's syndrome--and twice as likely to have conduct and disorders.

In addition, girls seem to be more academically fit than boys. Results of a national secondary education examination taken by 16-year-olds in England show that more than 50% of girls obtained a grade of C or above compared to roughly 40% of boys.

However, males ``tend to have superior skills in mathematic and other non-verbal tasks,'' Kraemer points out.

In adulthood, men are more likely than women to suffer circulatory disorders, diabetes, alcoholism, ulcers and lung cancer. In cases of substance abuse--also more common among males--men may not notice signs of illness, and are less likely to seek medical help when they do, Kraemer states. Males are also more likely to commit suicide.

"Before concluding that maleness is a genetic disorder, it is important to note that the foregoing data are embedded in social values about normality," Kraemer writes.

For example, "male advantages in physical strength and spatial skills were probably more useful in the past," he explains.

Kraemer asserts that his findings may have implications for the upbringing of boys.

"If parents knew that boys were more sensitive they would not try to toughen them upbut would realise that to make a strong and brave man you have to give him sensitive care,'' he notes.

"Doctors, too, need to be aware that male patients may withhold their health concerns for fear of appearing needy or may ignore them altogether," Kraemer concludes.

Source: British Medical Journal 2000;321:1609-1612.

Children Can Overdose on Ritalin

With so many American youngsters on Ritalin--the drug of choice for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)--parents may forget that it is a strong drug with the potential for overdose.

Kangaroo' Parenting in Brazil has Good Results

"Kangaroo mothering," where mother and baby are in continuous skin-to-skin contact, improves the care of premature babies in intensive care, and even makes good financial sense for the hospital, a Brazilian doctor told a medical meeting here

Children's Anxiety at an All-time High

Looking back on "the good old days" through rose-colored glasses can seem like a grownup's favorite pastime. But recent findings suggest that in some ways, these adults may be onto something. According to a study, children and young adults today feel more anxious compared with their counterparts in the 1950s.

The painful persistence of corporal punishment

Across the country, numerous public institutions are legally responsible for children every day.

Day care centers, early learning programs and juvenile detention centers are just a few examples of institutions with this duty. States frequently ban the use of practices such as corporal punishment in such institutions. But in 19 states, the most frequented spaces for young people aren’t on that list – schools. And that’s despite these states explicitly banning corporal punishment in many of these other settings.

Proponents of corporal punishment in school contend it’s a last resort for the worst-behaving students, one that’s necessary to enforce classroom order. But our research shows that black boys are twice as likely to be struck by an educator as white boys (14 percent vs. 7.5 percent), and black girls are three times as likely as white girls (5.2 percent vs. 1.7 percent) in schools that practice corporal punishment. These disparities are occurring despite research showing that black students do not misbehave more than white students.

The disproportionate use of corporal punishment on black students in American schools lays bare a deeply entrenched, problematic practice that’s sanctioned by states, especially in the Deep South. We’ve released a new report that found 10 Southern states account for more than three-quarters of all corporal punishment in public schools. The four states that account for more than 70 percent of all students receiving corporal punishment are Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas.

Decades of research finds the practice is extremely harmful to students. Young black children are routinely criminalized – pushed into the school-to-prison pipeline – when it comes to school discipline in the United States. It’s a clear indicator that our education system needs reform that will encourage more effective and safer management of classrooms that prioritizes the safety of all students.

Yet one in every 20 students attending schools that practice corporal punishment were still struck in 2013-14 and 2015-16, according to our report. And in more than half of the schools practicing corporal punishment, students with disabilities were struck at higher rates than those without disabilities.

Every child deserves the opportunity to attend school free from harm and free to learn. The minority of states that still allow corporal punishment in school should join the rest of the country in prohibiting this dangerous and discriminatory practice.

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson notes in the report’s foreword that this information “should shock our conscience – not only because studies show that students of color do not misbehave any more than their white peers, but because the impact of corporal punishment can be devastating on a student’s ability to learn and succeed.”

Protecting the rights of all children should be at the heart of the American education system, but until we stop accepting this inequality for black students and students with disabilities, it won’t be.

The Editors

P.S. Here are some other pieces we think are valuable this week:

Report: Students of color, disabled students more likely to receive corporal punishment from Fox 28

Prominent white supremacists are still on YouTube in wake of ban from CNN

New Jersey judge orders conversion therapy provider to dissolve - again from Metro Weekly

SPLC sues Trump Administration for detaining Georgia immigrants who cannot afford bail from Atlanta Daily World

Source: Southern Poverty Law Center 6/15/19

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