MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Educational Apps for Kids on Every School Subject. “Most parents know that kids shouldn’t spend too much time in front of a smartphone or tablet. Indeed, several studies have linked excessive screen time with expressive speech problems. That’s why you need to limit your child’s screen time, and when they do have screen time, make sure they spend it in the best possible way. So rather than playing purely entertaining games for hours on end, why not help your kid’s development by engaging them with some of these educational apps for kids instead?”
East Oregonian: News org building first statewide database of student athlete concussions. “Oregon law since 2010 required schools to implement protocols for students who suffer a concussion, including a medical release required to clear a student to play athletics. [Dr. Dereck] Earl’s practice handles a lot of that testing. A release contains the student’s name, age and grade, plus details of the injury and concussion symptoms. But Oregon’s law does not require anyone to collect or analyze the reams of medical data sitting in public schools. No one knows how many students and athletes suffer concussions. No one knows what the data could reveal about protecting kids. Portland-based journalist Lee van der Voo is working to change that.”
Forbes: Introducing A Digital Science Program For Incarcerated Kids. “One thing Michael Krezmien noticed about working with incarcerated teens, is that they’re not a population that typically catches the attention of education researchers –or educational funding organizations. And this is a problem, he realized, as research suggests that the consequences of failing to address the educational needs of incarcerated juveniles are dire…. And as Krezmien notes, this makes them much more likely to be unemployed and to become dependent on public assistance and to end up in adult prisons. Krezmien hopes the new tool that he and his team have created will begin to change that.”
Engadget: Study finds over 3,300 Android apps improperly tracking kids. “There’s little doubt that mobile apps sometimes overstep their bounds by collecting more data from kids than the law allows. But how often does that happen? It might be more than you think. Researchers using an automated testing process have discovered that 3,337 family- and child-oriented Android apps on Google Play were improperly collecting kids’ data, potentially putting them in violation of the US’ COPPA law (which limits data collection for kids under 13). Only a small number were particularly glaring violations, but many apps exhibited behavior that could easily be seen as questionable.”
Wired: Children’s YouTube is still churning out blood, suicide and cannibalism. “WIRED found videos containing violence against child characters, age-inappropriate sexualisation, Paw Patrol characters attempting suicide and Peppa Pig being tricked into eating bacon. These were discovered by following recommendations in YouTube’s sidebar or simply allowing children’s videos to autoplay, starting with legitimate content.”
CNET: Happy 90th, Mister Rogers! Twitch to stream all 856 episodes. “Need a trip back to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe? Don’t we all? Starting Tuesday, you can watch all 856 episodes of classic children’s show ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ on free live-streaming site Twitch.” It started yesterday.
Brussels Times: Belgium sets minimum age for joining social media at 13 years. “The minimum age for registering on social media will now be 13 years in Belgium, following the government’s approval of a bill to this effect proposed by the Secretary of State for the Protection of Private Life, Philippe De Backer.”