Washington Post: White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11

Washington Post: White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11. “The White House on Wednesday announced its plan to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, pending the vaccine’s approval by federal health officials, which the Biden administration anticipates will happen within weeks. White House officials said they have secured enough doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for the country’s 28 million children in that age group and have been working with local jurisdictions to make sure they will be ready to distribute and administer the shots for free.”

Virginian-Pilot: Virginia’s new data tool fixed after vastly underreporting children hospitalized with COVID-19

Virginian-Pilot: Virginia’s new data tool fixed after vastly underreporting children hospitalized with COVID-19. “The Virginia Department of Health temporarily pulled down the COVID-19 dashboard Tuesday and updated it with over 500 more cases, after a Pilot reporter alerted staff to a vast discrepancy a day earlier. On Monday, the agency reported there had been just 380 children hospitalized with the disease since the onset of the pandemic statewide.”

Covid: Thousands of children left without parents in Iran (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Thousands of children left without parents in Iran. “More than 51,000 children in Iran have lost a parent to the Covid-19 pandemic, Iranian welfare authorities say. One such case is that of Eliza, aged four. Eliza was very attached to her father. They read together, sang together, and he was always there to put her to bed. But then one day he started coughing and was taken to hospital. Her father, who was 40, died of Covid.”

Virginian-Pilot: Virginia’s new coronavirus data tool tracks children hospitalized. It could be off by hundreds or more.

Virginian-Pilot: Virginia’s new coronavirus data tool tracks children hospitalized. It could be off by hundreds or more.. “In its new dashboard for cases among children launched Monday, The Virginia Department of Health reported there have been nearly 128,000 pediatric cases of COVID-19, with 380 hospitalizations and nine deaths since March 2020 statewide. But the number of hospitalized patients seemed extremely low. The Virginian-Pilot had previously reported from the agency that young people under 20 had accounted for about 1,000 hospitalizations so far. That was in September.”

Fast Company: Which Disney movies should your child watch? Scientists created this database to help you decide

Fast Company: Which Disney movies should your child watch? Scientists created this database to help you decide. “A group of Texas academics recently analyzed the effect of animated films—culled from the vast catalog of productions released by Walt Disney Pictures between 1937 and 2020—on children’s cognitive and behavioral functions, and they found the movies played a valuable role in inspiring dialogue from children, about tough issues they may be facing at that delicate time in their lives.”

Newswise: Lockdown wellbeing: children who spent more time in nature fared best

Newswise: Lockdown wellbeing: children who spent more time in nature fared best. “A study has found that children who increased their connection to nature during the first COVID-19 lockdown were likely to have lower levels of behavioural and emotional problems, compared to those whose connection to nature stayed the same or decreased – regardless of their socio-economic status. The study, by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of Sussex, also found that children from affluent families tended to have increased their connection to nature during the pandemic more than their less affluent peers.”

NBC News: Data shows more children are getting sick and dying from Covid

NBC News: Data shows more children are getting sick and dying from Covid. “Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that cases among children peaked in September, as many schools opened for in-person classes amid the country’s delta variant Covid surge. More than 6 million children have tested positive for Covid since the beginning of the pandemic, with more than 1.1 million new cases recorded from Sept. 3 to Sept. 30.”

Mother Jones: The Kids the Pandemic Left Behind

Mother Jones: The Kids the Pandemic Left Behind. “The coronavirus pandemic upended the lives of kids like Esteban across the country. For starters, the shuttering of in-person school has been particularly hard on teenagers; in one national poll, nearly half of parents reported that their teens’ mental health had suffered since face-to-face classes were suspended in March 2020. The academic consequences were real, too: The consulting firm McKinsey estimated that at the end of the school year, students at highly diverse schools like Justice were, academically, an average of six months behind where they would have been had the outbreak never happened.”

Associated Press: Facebook unveils new social media controls to protect young users

Associated Press: Facebook unveils new social media controls to protect young users. “Facing heavy criticism that its platforms harm young users, Facebook has announced plans to launch features that ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful content and encourage them to take breaks on its popular app Instagram. The Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is also planning to introduce new controls for adults of teens on an optional basis so that parents or guardians can supervise what their teens are doing online.”

USA Today: Wisconsin parent sues school district, says her son contracted COVID-19 from a classmate

USA Today: Wisconsin parent sues school district, says her son contracted COVID-19 from a classmate. “A Wisconsin parent, with the help of a brewery in the state, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Waukesha School District and Waukesha School Board, saying her son got sick after being exposed to a classmate who had COVID-19 symptoms due to the district’s lack of mitigation protocols.”

New York Times: ‘Go out there and enjoy Halloween,’ Dr. Fauci says.

New York Times: ‘Go out there and enjoy Halloween,’ Dr. Fauci says.. “Despite the wide availability of Covid-19 vaccines, not all Halloween parades have been safe from virus-related cancellations this year…. But Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, came to the defense of the mask-friendly holiday during a CNN interview on Sunday, saying that outdoor trick-or-treating was perfectly safe.”

The Virginia-Pilot: Suffolk schools to investigate whether teacher asked student who died to walk sick children to nurse

The Virginian-Pilot: Suffolk schools to investigate whether teacher asked student who died to walk sick children to nurse. “School administrators are investigating whether a teacher had tasked a fifth-grader who died of coronavirus complications last week to walk sick students to the nurse. Anthonette Ward, a Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman, said the student’s school has a rule for how to handle children with COVID-19 symptoms, and only adults are supposed to accompany them.”