EurekAlert: Researchers launch website on firearm deaths & injuries among children

EurekAlert: Researchers launch website on firearm deaths & injuries among children. “Based at the University of Michigan, with more than two dozen researchers from 12 universities and health systems, FACTS aims to fill a knowledge gap about firearms and young people, and make up for a ‘lost generation’ of research on the issue. The effort is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health.”

BBC: MiSafes’ child-tracking smartwatches are ‘easy to hack’

BBC: MiSafes’ child-tracking smartwatches are ‘easy to hack’. “A location-tracking smartwatch worn by thousands of children has proven relatively easy to hack. A security researcher found the devices neither encrypted the data they used nor secured each child’s account. As a result, he said, he could track children’s movements, surreptitiously listen in to their activities and make spoof calls to the watches that appeared to be from parents.”

Tubefilter: Most Parents Who Let Their Kids Watch YouTube Have Encountered Disturbing Videos (Study)

Tubefilter: Most Parents Who Let Their Kids Watch YouTube Have Encountered Disturbing Videos (Study). “A new study from Pew Research Center confirms widespread concerns about young children encountering objectionable content on YouTube. The survey found that a sweeping majority of parents — four out of five, to be exact — let their young children (aged 11 and younger) watch YouTube videos. And while this may be encouraging news for the video giant, the study also found that a majority of this group of parents — 61% — say that their kids have seen disturbing content on the platform, The Wall Street Journal reports.”

Virginia Tech: New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles

Virginia Tech: New study buckles down on child car seat use in ride-share vehicles . “With the goal of increasing child safety, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) have released a new study about child ridership and child safety seat use in ride-share vehicles. They have also published a corresponding website to help educate the public on various child restraint guidelines across the country.”

New York Times: Your Kid’s Apps Are Crammed With Ads

New York Times: Your Kid’s Apps Are Crammed With Ads. “Many developers market apps for children as being educational. So Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician who wrote the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for children and media, wanted to check that out. ‘One of my big concerns about why apps might not be educational was because of the presence of distracting features such as banner ads that sit along the top of the screen and which contain stimuli that are irrelevant to the learning objective,’ Dr. Radesky said. ‘And we were expecting to see those.’ She was not expecting all the rest.”

Quartz: Instagram’s “digital kidnappers” are stealing children’s photos and making up new lives

Quartz: Instagram’s “digital kidnappers” are stealing children’s photos and making up new lives. “When parents share their latest family outing or their kid’s adorable new outfit with friends and family, they may also be sharing with strangers. And some of those strangers, it turns out, use those photos to create online fantasy worlds. It’s called digital kidnapping.”

New York Times: Google Is Teaching Children How to Act Online. Is It the Best Role Model?

New York Times: Google Is Teaching Children How to Act Online. Is It the Best Role Model?. “Google is on a mission to teach children how to be safe online. That is the message behind ‘Be Internet Awesome,’ a so-called digital-citizenship education program that the technology giant developed for schools…. But critics say the company’s recent woes — including revelations that it was developing a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market and had tracked the whereabouts of users who had explicitly turned off their location history — should disqualify Google from promoting itself in schools as a model of proper digital conduct.”