ABC News 7: Children now playing ‘huge role’ in spread of COVID-19 variant, expert says

ABC News 7: Children now playing ‘huge role’ in spread of COVID-19 variant, expert says. “Dr. Michael Osterholm is the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He was also a member of Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board during the time between Biden being elected president and inaugurated. Osterholm previously supported sending children back to school. He said the virus was not a major threat to children. Now, the situation has changed.”

California State University Channel Islands: Virtual Science Carnival will bring more than 50 hands-on science activities to kids and families

California State University Channel Islands: Virtual Science Carnival will bring more than 50 hands-on science activities to kids and families. “The magic of CSU Channel Islands’ (CSUCI) annual Science Carnival will be virtual this year, which will allow teachers, parents and kids from pre-school age on up to the eighth grade to bring hands-on science activities into their own homes and classrooms. ‘With the Virtual Science Carnival, kids can immerse themselves in over 50 activities where they are touching, seeing and doing science,’ said Science Carnival founder and Professor of Chemistry Phil Hampton, Ph.D.”

EurekAlert: Pretty gameful!

EurekAlert: Pretty gameful!. “To get children and young people interested in the topic of quantum physics, the research alliance is developing an entertaining mobile game that is intended to be played around the world. Based on a popular quantum mechanics thought experiment by Erwin Schrödinger, the players accompany ‘their’ cat through a crazy quantum world and solve attractive brainteasers along the way.”

WDBJ: USDA extends free meals for kids through summer

WDBJ: USDA extends free meals for kids through summer. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it would extend several waivers that allow all children throughout the country to continue to receive meals while school is out during the summer. The waivers were previously extended through June 30, 2021, but will now be available until September 30, to make sure children who depend on school meals throughout the academic year have the same access to those meals in the summer months.”

Lifehacker: How to Help Your Kids Transition Back into School

Lifehacker: How to Help Your Kids Transition Back into School. “Transitioning kids back into the classroom after a three-month summer hiatus is often a challenge. Even the transition back to school after a couple of weeks off for winter break can send some kids into a tailspin. And now, as schools across the country plan to reopen, many families are facing the Mother of All Transitions—getting kids back into the classroom after a literal year at home.”

The Verge: Apple and nonprofit Common Sense Media team up to provide kid podcast recs

The Verge: Apple and nonprofit Common Sense Media team up to provide kid podcast recs. “Apple is making it easier for parents to find podcasts to listen to with their kids. The company is teaming up with nonprofit Common Sense Media, which specializes in age-based content reviews, to curate various collections that’ll appear in the Apple Podcasts app in the US and online. The initial four themes focus on narrative storytelling, shows that kids themselves recommend, mysteries and dramas, and Common Sense’s ‘all-time’ picks.”

Manhattan College: New Videos Added to Time Out for Black Lives Digital Library

Manhattan College: New Videos Added to Time Out for Black Lives Digital Library. “Time Out for Black Lives features an interactive website… where coaches and student-athletes from [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] basketball programs contribute their time and resources to read children’s books in entertaining videos, all focusing on Black culture, history, music and myths. Posted videos feature short biographies on each coach or student-athlete, with kid-friendly information such as the reader’s hometown, favorite book and favorite basketball player.”

New York Public Library: The New York Public Library Offering “We’re Readin’ Here,” A Month of NYC-Inspired Virtual Storytimes For Kids

New York Public Library: The New York Public Library Offering “We’re Readin’ Here,” A Month of NYC-Inspired Virtual Storytimes For Kids. “This special collection of videos—launching on Tuesday, December 1 and featuring the City’s reading experts, librarians—recreates the joys of in-person storytimes, which are currently suspended because of the pandemic and are the NYPL’s most popular in-person program under typical circumstances. Each video includes at least one story, as well as literacy tips for families, songs, rhymes, crafts, and activities, all as a love letter to New York City and its resilient residents. ” This kind of makes it sound like it’s geo-restricted content, but I don’t think that’s the case.

NBC Los Angeles: Slime Science Goes Online at the Natural History Museum

NBC Los Angeles: Slime Science Goes Online at the Natural History Museum. “If you’ve got a child who is a slime scholar, and you’re seeking more lively and learn-ready ways to pass the time at home, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is here to give you the gooey goods. As in the ‘Science of Slime,’ an online, multi-faceted exhibition that’s all about the nature-amazing dimensions of the gelatinous substances.”

13 News Now: Norfolk nonprofit mails thousands of free books to kids during coronavirus pandemic

13 News Now: Norfolk nonprofit mails thousands of free books to kids during coronavirus pandemic. “It’s a nonprofit aimed at promoting literacy and was recently selected by Coastal Virginia magazine as one of the top nonprofits in the area. It’s called REACH, or Reading Enriches All Children. The group’s executive director Dr. Jennifer Goff said it’s a milestone that wasn’t easy, because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Moms: 15 Resources To Get Free Books For Kids

Moms: 15 Resources To Get Free Books For Kids. “With the winter months approaching, your child may be spending less time playing outside. Reading is a wonderful activity to encourage during this extra time indoors. If you have a reader in your household, check out these free resources to receive online or print children’s books.”

University of Reading: New Free Resources Launched To Help Children Eat More Vegetables

University of Reading: New Free Resources Launched To Help Children Eat More Vegetables. “The See & Eat project, funded by European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food, has launched a new website, featuring a range of evidence-based activities and 24 eBooks in multiple languages for parents across Europe.” I didn’t download the app used to read the books, but I explored the site and book previews with no restrictions.

MarketWatch: YouTube kid influencers are marketing junk food from McDonald’s, Coke and others to children

MarketWatch: YouTube kid influencers are marketing junk food from McDonald’s, Coke and others to children. “Kid influencers are marketing junk food and sugary drinks to billions of viewers through product placement, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics found. Researchers analyzed 418 YouTube videos from the five most-watched kid influencers on the platform in 2019 and found that of the 179 videos that featured food or drinks, about 90% promoted unhealthy branded items like fast food.”

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.”