Washington Post: The youngest victims of a national calamity, and the people they left behind

Washington Post: The youngest victims of a national calamity, and the people they left behind. “In this new national graveyard of virus victims, the section set aside for the young held 271 children as of early February, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each death represents a shattered family and a trauma deepened, parents say, by the rampant belief that kids can’t get covid, or that it doesn’t much harm them when they do.” This article is a lot. If you want to skip it because you’re afraid you’ll cry yourself into a raisin, I don’t blame you. I have cried myself into a raisin.

“His story is a how-to manual”: New Winton website launched (Radio Prague International)

Radio Prague International: “His story is a how-to manual”: New Winton website launched. “A freshly launched website celebrates the legacy of Sir Nicholas Winton, who in 1939 saved 669 mainly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia by helping them get to his native UK. The site showcases a wealth of material from the Sir Nicholas Winton Memorial Trust – and of course introduces visitors to his inspirational story.”

People: Over Two-Thirds of Parents Have to Use Google to Help Kids with Schoolwork, Study Finds

People: Over Two-Thirds of Parents Have to Use Google to Help Kids with Schoolwork, Study Finds. “A survey of 2,000 American parents with school-aged children asked how sharp their math skills were and how they approach their kid’s assignments. Results found that although 79 percent of parents surveyed can recall the things they learned in school, nearly as many (70 percent) parents said it’s harder for them to solve their kid’s math homework today.”

New York Times: Three American Mothers, On The Brink

New York Times: Three American Mothers, On The Brink. “Three mothers, in three different parts of the country. They are stressed, burned out, unraveling at the seams the pandemic has exposed. We began following them in September. The mothers have kept logs of their time — by text, email and audio — and sat for dozens of interviews. What has emerged is a story of chaos and resilience, resentment and persistence, and of course, hope. In other words: What it means to be a mother.”

EurekAlert: Children can bypass age verification procedures in popular social media apps

EurekAlert: Children can bypass age verification procedures in popular social media apps. “Children of all ages can completely bypass age verification measures to sign-up to the world’s most popular social media apps including Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype and Discord by simply lying about their age, researchers at Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software have discovered.”

Tubefilter: Italian Data Protection Authority Orders TikTok To Block Underage Users Following Death Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Tubefilter: Italian Data Protection Authority Orders TikTok To Block Underage Users Following Death Of 10-Year-Old Girl. “The Italian Data Protection Authority, the country’s data privacy watchdog, has ordered TikTok to block the accounts of any users who it cannot verify to be at least 13 years old — the minimum age to enlist on the platform. The order arrives after a 10-year-old Palermo girl tragically died of asphyxiation while reportedly partaking in a TikTok trend known as the ‘blackout challenge’, Reuters reports, in which users tie a belt around their necks in an attempt to pass out while filming themselves.”

CNN: Over 1.6 million US children have had coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, pediatricians say

CNN: Over 1.6 million US children have had coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, pediatricians say. “Nearly 180,000 children in the United States were diagnosed with coronavirus infections from November 26 to December 10, bringing the cumulative total to over 1.6 million US cases since the pandemic began, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Tuesday. Children account for a little more than 12% of all Covid-19 cases in the states that report cases by age.”

BuzzFeed News: 50 Children Took Pictures With A Santa And Mrs. Claus Who Then Tested Positive For COVID

BuzzFeed News: 50 Children Took Pictures With A Santa And Mrs. Claus Who Then Tested Positive For COVID. “Long County, which has a population of about 20,000 people, had a positivity rate of 11% between Nov. 26 and Dec. 9… according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Though children are less likely to become severely ill from COVID-19, they are not immune from the virus and can still spread it to others. It was not immediately clear whether the Clauses or the children were wearing masks for the pictures or if anyone else may have been exposed.”

CNBC: Nobel laureate says if we fail children in the pandemic recovery, we fail them forever

CNBC: Nobel laureate says if we fail children in the pandemic recovery, we fail them forever. “Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi said there needs to be a ‘sense of urgency’ in working toward the end of child labor globally, speaking on a panel for the OECD’s 60th anniversary. Speaking on a panel on Tuesday to mark the OECD’s 60th anniversary, Satyarthi said that while now was the time to bail out economies, which have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, it was also the time to ‘bail out childhood (and) freedom.’”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: E-Read Texas launches site for children

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: E-Read Texas launches site for children. “The site is geofenced so that any user located in Texas can access it, with no login nor password required. There’s no need to ‘check-out’ the books—just click and access. And there are no simultaneous user restrictions, so that means there are no holds and no waitlists. E-Read Texas for Kids includes a collection of more than 600 titles from Teacher Created Materials, including the TIME for Kids series. The majority of the titles comprise juvenile nonfiction, including science, mathematics, sports, history, and art, in both English and Spanish.”

Childhood Without Other Children: A Generation Is Raised in Quarantine (New York Times)

New York Times: Childhood Without Other Children: A Generation Is Raised in Quarantine. “It is too early for published research about the effects of the pandemic lockdowns on very young children, but childhood development specialists say that most children will likely be OK because their most important relationships at this age are with parents. Still, a growing number of studies highlight the value of social interaction to brain development.”

‘A lost generation’: Surge of research reveals students sliding backward, most vulnerable worst affected (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘A lost generation’: Surge of research reveals students sliding backward, most vulnerable worst affected. “After the U.S. education system fractured into Zoom screens last spring, experts feared millions of children would fall behind. Hard evidence now shows they were right. A flood of new data — on the national, state and district levels — finds students began this academic year behind. Most of the research concludes students of color and those in high-poverty communities fell further behind their peers, exacerbating long-standing gaps in American education.”

Parents: This Website Turns Your Child’s Artwork Into Music—Inspired by a Teen Who Is Nonverbal

Parents: This Website Turns Your Child’s Artwork Into Music—Inspired by a Teen Who Is Nonverbal. “Many nonverbal people use art and music when they can’t express themselves verbally, but it goes beyond just communicating. From boosting self-esteem to improving depression and anxiety to stimulating the brain, there’s no doubting the benefits of art and music for a person’s health. For Riley, markers, paint, and paper are a go-to form of self-expression. By uploading a piece of her art to Unspoken Symphony, a unique melody can be created just for her.”