Newswise: New Course Helps Awaken Curiosity About Nature

Newswise: New Course Helps Awaken Curiosity About Nature. “Adults who want to connect kids with nature now have some expert guidance, thanks to a new online course from Bird Academy, the e-learning arm of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. ‘Let’s Go Outside: How to Connect Kids with Birds and Nature,’ contains six lessons with dozens of field-tested activities to reduce screen time for kids and boost their curiosity about the natural world.”

KCRA: Bill would allow lawsuits against social media companies for addicting children

KCRA: Bill would allow lawsuits against social media companies for addicting children. “A new assembly bill being introduced in California would put big tech companies on the hook if children get addicted to the technology and experience side effects, like depression or even suicide. The bill would establish that companies running big social media platforms, like TikTok and Instagram, would have a duty not to addict children. Violating that duty could then open them up to facing lawsuits.”

Little League Baseball: Little League® International To Launch Content Series to Celebrate 75 Years of the Little League Baseball® World Series

Little League Baseball: Little League® International To Launch Content Series to Celebrate 75 Years of the Little League Baseball® World Series. “As the countdown to the 75th Anniversary of the Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS) this August gears up, Little League® International is set to launch a 75-part content series that highlights some of the key moments, memories, and people that have made the LLBWS one of the most iconic sporting events in the world.”

Mashable: Free online resources for kids that celebrate Black history and culture

Mashable: Free online resources for kids that celebrate Black history and culture. “The ones below represent a variety of tools from national museums and educational nonprofits. They educate and engage children in Black history and culture through interactive events, entertaining videos, and content that profile Black visionaries and leaders. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, head on over to these websites to spark children’s curiosity or continue their education.”

CNET: Instagram urged by religious leaders to scrap plans for kids app

CNET: Instagram urged by religious leaders to scrap plans for kids app. “Instagram’s plans to build a version of its photo-and-video sharing app for people under 13 years old is still sparking criticism, even after the company paused the project in September. On Tuesday, child protection nonprofit Fairplay sent a letter signed by more than 75 religious leaders that urges Meta co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to permanently end plans to launch Instagram Kids. Meta, formerly known as Facebook, owns Instagram. “

Game Developer: The ESRB debuts a “family gaming guide” to aid parent game purchases

Game Developer: The ESRB debuts a “family gaming guide” to aid parent game purchases. “It’s notable that the Family Gaming Guide offers much more nuance and explanation for parents befuddled by the intricacies of modern online games. ESRB ratings don’t generally directly cover concepts like microtransactions, loot boxes, or possibly toxic online chat. This guide breaks these topics (and others) out into a number of sections that can’t be summed up in a rating.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Here’s Your Chance to Color in Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Collections

Smithsonian Magazine: Here’s Your Chance to Color in Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Collections. “Pulling from digitized collections, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives has just released ten free, downloadable coloring pages as part of the Color Our Collections campaign. Whether you want to bring polychromatic glory to old black-and-white photos or scribble in vintage fashion plates, you’ll find a little something for everyone in this new packet.”

The 6 Best Child-Friendly CAD Tools to Get Kids Started on 3D Design (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Child-Friendly CAD Tools to Get Kids Started on 3D Design . “The advent of 3D printing can let kids’ imaginations go wild. Since specific shapes no longer limit them, creation possibilities are infinite. However, it’s the software that might restrict their potential. Imagine trying to teach an eight-year-old child Autodesk Fusion 360; that will possibly demotivate them in record time. Nevertheless, there are kid-friendly substitutes available out there. Here are the six best CAD tools to let your child discover 3D modeling.”

CNN: Little kids can likely read your emotions even when you wear a face mask, study finds

CNN: Little kids can likely read your emotions even when you wear a face mask, study finds. “Little kids can often tell how people are feeling, even if that person is wearing a face mask, a new study published Monday found. There has been some concern that the face masks used at school during the pandemic may be hurting younger children’s development, but this research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that kids recognize emotions about as well as they could without masks.”

University of Maryland Baltimore: Free Video Series Can Help Kids be ‘Unstuck and On Target’

University of Maryland Baltimore: Free Video Series Can Help Kids be ‘Unstuck and On Target’ . “The series of free, educational videos are designed to support parents and caregivers tackling common emotional and behavioral topics to help children to stay organized, plan and reach their goals, be flexible thinkers and help regulate their feelings. Behavioral specialists call these skills executive functioning. By following the tips and skills in the videos, parents can help their children be successful, avoid meltdowns and negativity, and develop a shared language and ways of interacting to achieve calmer, more productive days.” There are 17 videos here. Five of them are in Spanish. You can turn on captioning (the videos are on YouTube) and the ones I spot-checked looked accurate.

CNBC: White House says about 900,000 kids ages 5 to 11 got a Covid vaccine in the first week after its approval

CNBC: White House says about 900,000 kids ages 5 to 11 got a Covid vaccine in the first week after its approval. “About 900,000 kids ages 5 to 11 have received their first dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine since U.S. regulators cleared the shots for the younger age group Nov. 2, the White House said Wednesday. Roughly 700,000 more young children have appointments at local pharmacies to get their shots, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters.”