Poynter: When can we expect a vaccine for children, an important step in the fight against COVID-19?

Poynter: When can we expect a vaccine for children, an important step in the fight against COVID-19?. “As I read the CDC’s new playbook for how to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine, one thing is missing from the plan: how we will vaccinate children. The plan, understandably prioritizes seniors, health care workers, people with medical vulnerabilities, people in jails, homeless shelters and other at-risk populations. The first priority group also includes daycare workers and school teachers, but does not mention the students, except for college students. There are reasons for this.”

9to5Google: Google is shutting down Area 120’s popular ‘Rivet’ kids reading app

9to5Google: Google is shutting down Area 120’s popular ‘Rivet’ kids reading app. “Google’s Area 120 incubator launched an app called Rivet in beta in 2018 as a ‘fun and supportive reading app for kids.’ It finally exited beta on Android and iOS in May of 2019, and in its time has grown to be one of the most beloved teach-your-kids-to-read apps on the Play Store. Now Google says that it’s shutting the app down.”

Teaching kids to read during the coronavirus pandemic: 5 questions answered (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Teaching kids to read during the coronavirus pandemic: 5 questions answered. “Keisha Allen and Kindel Nash research how kids learn to read and prepare future teachers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. They are also raising children of their own. Here, they answer five questions many families and teachers may have about what they are seeing with virtual learning for early childhood education.”

MIT Technology Review: Why kids need special protection from AI’s influence

MIT Technology Review: Why kids need special protection from AI’s influence. “Algorithms are also increasingly used to determine what their education is like, whether they’ll receive health care, and even whether their parents are deemed fit to care for them. Sometimes this can have devastating effects: this past summer, for example, thousands of students lost their university admissions after algorithms—used in lieu of pandemic-canceled standardized tests—inaccurately predicted their academic performance. Children, in other words, are often at the forefront when it comes to using and being used by AI, and that can leave them in a position to get hurt.”

Mashable: 4th graders made their own clickbait headlines and they’re way better than ours

Mashable: 4th graders made their own clickbait headlines and they’re way better than ours. “It’s a strange world online and Ingrid Conley-Abrams — a school library director in New York City — wanted to prep her students as best she could. As a part of a lesson on media literacy and bias, Conley-Abrams created an optional assignment where kids made their own versions of clickbait. The results were delightful, brilliant, and, at times, slightly creepy.”

American Alliance of Museums: Children’s Museology and the COVID-19 Crisis

American Alliance of Museums: Children’s Museology and the COVID-19 Crisis. “This forced quantum leap into virtual visitorship intersects powerfully with young people’s preferred technologies, enabling them to participate more prolifically and publicly in museum programming than ever before. As a result, I argue, a new critical children’s museology is emerging at the forefront of virtual museological practice. As I define it, children’s museology refers to the production of museum content and programming not just for or about children, but also by and with children in ways that engage them as valued social actors and knowledge-bearers.”

BBC: Google and Facebook under pressure to ban children’s ads

BBC: Google and Facebook under pressure to ban children’s ads. “Tech firms have been urged to stop advertising to under-18s in an open letter signed by MPs, academics and children’s-rights advocates. Behavioural advertising not only undermines privacy but puts ‘susceptible’ youngsters under unfair marketing pressure, the letter says. It is addressed to Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft.”

BuzzFeed News: Parents Who Double As Essential Workers Are Struggling More Than Ever. Here Are Their Stories.

BuzzFeed News: Parents Who Double As Essential Workers Are Struggling More Than Ever. Here Are Their Stories.. “Essential workers have found it hard to collect unemployment benefits if they stop working to care for their families. Those who can afford professional childcare, and are willing to deal with the risks, have found it difficult to find open spots. Around the country, thousands of childcare centers have closed as work-from-home parents withdrew their children, unintentionally impacting parents unable to keep their children home. Enrollment at childcare programs is down by an average of 67% nationwide and only 18% of programs expect that they will survive longer than a year, according to a June survey by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.”

KAGS: TEA offers free beginning-of-year assessments

KAGS: TEA offers free beginning-of-year assessments. “The Texas Education Agency is offering a new tool for parents and districts concerned about how much their kids retained last school year. With COVID-19 interrupting the 2019-2020 school year, They are offering beginning of year assessments for districts and parents. Kids can be registered for a free, optional online test to measure their knowledge and skills from last school year.”

Broadway World: Columbus Symphony Unveils Two New Music Education Web Sits For Kids and Teens

Broadway World: Columbus Symphony Unveils Two New Music Education Web Sits For Kids and Teens. “Via an online library of educational videos, students can learn everything from the basics of reading music to the history behind famous orchestral composers. Visitors can view online lessons or get audition tips from a Columbus Symphony musician. Both sites offer the ‘Columbus Symphony Recommends’ page which lists Columbus Symphony concerts featuring their favorite instrument.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google Faces $3 Billion U.K. Suit Over Use of Children’s Data

BNN Bloomberg: Google Faces $3 Billion U.K. Suit Over Use of Children’s Data. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google faces a multibillion-dollar lawsuit in the U.K. over claims that YouTube routinely breaks privacy laws by tracking children online. The suit, filed on behalf of more than 5 million British children under 13 and their parents, is being brought by privacy campaigner Duncan McCann and being supported by Foxglove, a tech justice group. The claimants estimate that if they’re successful, there would be as much as 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) in compensation, worth between 100 to 500 pounds per child.”

NBC News: About 8,800 unaccompanied children expelled at U.S. border under coronavirus-related measure

NBC News: About 8,800 unaccompanied children expelled at U.S. border under coronavirus-related measure. “About 8,800 unaccompanied children have been quickly expelled from the United States along the Mexico border under a pandemic-related measure that effectively ended asylum, authorities said Friday.”

CNN: Even children with no symptoms can spread Covid-19, CDC report shows

CNN: Even children with no symptoms can spread Covid-19, CDC report shows. “Even children with mild or no symptoms can spread Covid-19, according to contact tracing data from three Utah child care facilities released Friday. Twelve children, including one eight-month-old, got Covid-19 in a child care facility and spread it to at least 12 people outside the facilities. The data shows children can carry the virus from child care settings to their homes, the researchers wrote in a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

First Coast News: Free digital tool helps families identify early signs of learning disabilities and ADHD (FCL September 10, 2020)

First Coast News: Free digital tool helps families identify early signs of learning disabilities and ADHD (FCL September 10, 2020). “Bob Cunningham, Executive Director of learning development at Understood, and Amanda Morin, Family Advocate and mom to kids who learn differently, shared information about Take N.O.T.E. Take N.O.T.E. is a new initiative launched in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics that includes the first memory device designed to help families spot the signs of possible learning disabilities and ADHD. The initiative’s digital resource provides families with the tools to notice, observe and track patterns in their child’s behavior with downloadable tools.”

Route Fifty: Kids Are Missing Critical Windows for Lead Testing Due to Pandemic

Route Fifty: Kids Are Missing Critical Windows for Lead Testing Due to Pandemic. “In the Upper Midwest, Northeast and parts of the West Coast — areas with historically high rates of lead poisoning — the slide has been the most dramatic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In states such as Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota, testing for the brain-damaging heavy metal fell by 50% or more this spring compared with 2019, health officials report.”