Wired: HobbyKidsTV, YouTube, and the New World of Child Stars

Wired: HobbyKidsTV, YouTube, and the New World of Child Stars . “HobbyBear is expecting a package any day now. In it will be a Silver Play Button, a plaque that YouTube gives to creators who have surpassed 100,000 subscribers. HobbyBear has a little under 99,000 now, so he hasn’t quite earned the commendation. But give him a break: He’s only 6.”

Make Tech Easier: Smartphone App to Diagnose Ear Infections Developed by Scientists

Make Tech Easier: Smartphone App to Diagnose Ear Infections Developed by Scientists. “By the age of 3, most children have had at least one ear infection. Fluid can become built up in the area, and the infection can also cause otitis media with effusion. While many infections or OME go away without the aid of antibiotics, waiting it out can cause pain or severe complications, including permanent hearing loss. Scientists at the University of Washington have developed an app that works as a simple test. It listens for the fluid in the ears with the aid of the piece of paper. It is said to have the same or greater accuracy as a doctor.”

The Hindu: Sexual abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives

The Hindu: Sexual abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives. “The lawsuit in a U.S. federal court, which will be formally announced in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, aims to compel the Vatican to open its archives and ‘release all the identities of thousands of offenders known exclusively by the Vatican and held in strict secrecy,’ lawyer Jeff Anderson said in a statement. “

Lifehacker: Teach Your Kids How to Respond to Hate Speech Online

Lifehacker: Teach Your Kids How to Respond to Hate Speech Online. “The main thing that’s keeping me from allowing my eight-year-old son to join all his friends on popular online multiplayer games isn’t a fear that he’s going to give personal information away to creeps. It’s that I don’t want him exposed to the hate speech that is so prevalent online.”

Study: AI Can Detect Depression In A Child’s Speech (Science Blog)

Science Blog: Study: AI Can Detect Depression In A Child’s Speech. “A machine learning algorithm can detect signs of anxiety and depression in the speech patterns of young children, potentially providing a fast and easy way of diagnosing conditions that are difficult to spot and often overlooked in young people, according to new research published in the Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.”

CNET: Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids violates privacy regulations, child advocates say

CNET: Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids violates privacy regulations, child advocates say. “Children’s advocates want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon over privacy concerns. Nineteen consumer and public health advocacy groups, led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, are asking the FTC to look into Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition, they said Thursday.”

EurekAlert: What do parents of children with cancer search for online?

EurekAlert: What do parents of children with cancer search for online?. “When a child has cancer, what kind of information do parents seek out? Analyzing their online searches to obtain health-related information offers one window into their concerns, and provides insight into how healthcare providers may offer family education and support. Oncology researchers who investigated parents’ online Google searches found that, among other things, parents frequently focus on ways to best support their child and on logistical issues, such as directions to medical centers and appropriate pharmacies.”