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NEWS: PARENTS FAIL TO ADEQUATELY MONITOR KIDS ON MOBILE DEVICES


Parents Fail to Adequately Monitor Kids on Mobile Devices

A vast majority of English parents say they have spoken to their children about Internet safety when using mobile devices, but most still allow their children to usesmartphones and tablets unsupervised. Parents tend to be more lax when it comes to installing parental controlsand monitoring their children’s online activity on such devices, perhaps believing that mobile devices pose less of a risk to children than standard computers. In fact, according to a recent survey, nearly 20 percent of children admitted viewing something on a mobile device that they found to be upsetting. More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: STUDY TIES CORPORAL PUNISHMENT TO BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN KIDS


Study Ties Corporal Punishment to Behavior Problems in Kids

Corporal punishment has fallen out of favor in much of the industrialized world, as scientific evidence regarding the negative psychological effects of such disciplinary measures has mounted. There are those, however, who believe that physical punishment is less harmful or even beneficial in cultures where it is still deemed acceptable. To study this, researchers went to Tanzania, where corporal punishment by parents and teachers remains the norm. Nearly all of the children they interviewed had experienced physical punishment, and this was correlated with increased incidence of externalizing problems like aggression, hyperactivity, and reduced empathy.More… Discuss

 

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News: MOTHERS PREDISPOSED TO “BABY” BABY


Mothers Predisposed to “Baby” Baby

Mothers are often criticized for “babying” their youngest child, but we should cut them some slack—they may not be able to help it. Researchers say mothers can estimate the height of their older children with a fair degree of accuracy but consistently underestimate the height of their youngest child by an average of 3 inches (7.5 centimeters). This height illusion could be an adaptive mechanism that makes mothers more likely to nurture and protect what are typically their most vulnerable offspring. More…

 

SPARE THE ROD LEST YOU SPOIL THE CHILD


Spare the Rod Lest You Spoil the Child

Evidence is mounting that parents should not put too much stock in the age-old adage “spare the rod and spoil the child.” In a recent study, researchers linkedspanking in early childhood to later behavior problems,aggressiveness, and even slight vocabulary deficits. Experts suspect that children who are spanked are more inclined to use their fists rather than their words to solve problems because this is the sort of behavior that has been modeled for them. It is less evident why spanking might hinder vocabulary development, but one possibility is that parents who spank may speak to their children less often than parents who use other forms of discipline. More… Discuss

 

CHILDREN MAY BENEFIT FROM ONLINE HEALTH RECORDS


Children May Benefit from Online Health Records

Parents who access their babies’ health records online are more likely to take their children to all of their recommended well visits and may also be more likely to keep youngsters up to date on their vaccinations. This does not mean that viewing these health records compels parents to take their children for regular checkups. After all, it is possible that parents who take advantage of these sorts of tools are simply more proactive than others when it comes to their children’s healthcare. Still, it does appear that such online systems are a useful tool for caregivers. More… Discuss