Alton Telegraph: This 7-year-old goes online to ‘spread my hope’ to children with medical issues during pandemic

Alton Telegraph: This 7-year-old goes online to ‘spread my hope’ to children with medical issues during pandemic. “Sarah Rose has spent most of her 13 years fighting back from terrible things. First, it was a brain tumor when she was 5, with persistent complications she continues to battle. Then, a few months ago, Sarah Rose fell off a horse and fractured her right hip. She walked around for six weeks with that broken bone before doctors took X-rays. She still feels flashes of pain. It crashes in like thunder. She closes her eyes, tosses her head back, and her sweet smile twists into a pained grimace. Just in time, 7-year-old Molly Marks, sitting on her full-size bed with a canopy decorated with yellow and purple daisies, pops up on the screen and smiles.”

Neowin: Google launches app for helping kids to read in over 180 countries

Neowin: Google launches app for helping kids to read in over 180 countries. “Google’s speech-based app designed to help children learn to read is now available in early access in more than 180 countries. The app was originally launched in India in March of last year as ‘Bolo’, and its global release introduces a new name for the app: Read Along.”

The Guardian: Guardian to stream Unicorn theatre’s new Saturday morning family shows

The Guardian: Guardian to stream Unicorn theatre’s new Saturday morning family shows. “Three tales about the mischievous folkloric webspinner, designed for audiences aged three to eight, will be streamed on Saturday mornings on the Guardian website and the Unicorn’s YouTube channel in May and June. The episodes, which will then be available on demand for three weeks, reunite the original cast of the production, Afia Abusham, Juliet Okotie and Sapphire Joy, who filmed themselves performing in their homes.”

CNN: How a Kawasaki-like syndrome left this 6-year-old fighting for his life on a ventilator

CNN: How a Kawasaki-like syndrome left this 6-year-old fighting for his life on a ventilator. “Britain’s National Health Service, the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now issuing alerts to pediatricians to be on the lookout for cases. While not all affected children test positive for the coronavirus, the CDC and physicians in Britain believe the syndrome comes as a result of the body’s reaction to infection with Covid-19.”

New York Times: 10 Years Old, Tearful and Confused After a Sudden Deportation

New York Times: 10 Years Old, Tearful and Confused After a Sudden Deportation. “Hundreds of migrant children and teenagers have been swiftly deported by American authorities amid the coronavirus pandemic without the opportunity to speak to a social worker or plea for asylum from the violence in their home countries — a reversal of years of established practice for dealing with young foreigners who arrive in the United States. The deportations represent an extraordinary shift in policy that has been unfolding in recent weeks on the southwestern border, under which safeguards that have for decades been granted to migrant children by both Democratic and Republican administrations appear to have been abandoned.”

ProPublica: What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps

ProPublica: What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps. “Instead of coming home with a snotty nose, is your child going to bring back the coronavirus? And how do you know your in-home babysitter or nanny, even your child’s teacher, isn’t a symptom-free spreader? The short answer is that there are no easy answers. Every family’s budget and needs and risk tolerance are going to be different. ProPublica scoured the latest research and talked to seven infectious disease and public health experts to help think through the issues facing parents.”

New York Post: NYC child vaccination rates take ‘troubling’ plunge during pandemic

New York Post: NYC child vaccination rates take ‘troubling’ plunge during pandemic. “There’s a new crisis emerging amid the coronavirus pandemic — New York City children aren’t getting their shots. Child vaccination rates in the Big Apple have dramatically plunged during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, calling the revelation ‘quite shocking and troubling.'”